SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Shelby took care of Tolono late Friday, 67-9, and Warrensburg, 68-12, early Saturday morning in dominant fashion. Then they had to make sure of their win over Clinton.
Starting at 132, Clinton took a lead with a pin, 6-0. Shelby then answered with two pins and two major decisions to take a 20-6 lead, never to trail again. Clinton responded with a major decision and two decisions, but still trailed 20-16.
Shelby got more separation with back-to-back pins and another major decision, 36-16. Shelby finished with a decision, a major decision, and a forfeit for the 49-16 win.
Then came the final match of the Duals at center stage, Shelbyville v. Monticello.
Finley (132) started the competition with a scoreless 1st period, because he couldn’t get his foot free from his opponent, Smith. However, in the 2nd period, in the up position, Finley earned a near fall, then beat the clock again, sticking Smith with just three seconds left in the period (3:57).
Fox followed getting three take downs and a near fall in the 1st, leading 9-2. Starting down in the 2nd, Fox worked a reverse and led 11-3 heading into the 3rd. He let Chitwood up, but then Chitwood got a take down, trimming the lead to 11-6. Fox then got another reverse. He let Chitwood up and then got a final take down for the 15-7, major decision, win. Shelby led Monty, 10-0.
Hudson (145) still suffering from the flu went up against Knisely, who had already beaten him this year. Hudson was down 6-2 and got a take down just after the 2nd period buzzer. Hudson got an escape and then a take down, cutting the deficit to 6-5. With 29 seconds left in the match, Hudson got a tying take down, 7-7. However, Knisely got a reverse as time was running down and got the 9-7 win.
Johnston (152) then lost a 13-6 decision, cutting the Ram lead to 10-6.
Duckett (160) started a Ram run to build a bigger lead. Duckett got a take down and a 2-0 lead with just five seconds left in the 1st period. The 2nd was scoreless. Duckett was down to start the 3rd and flipped his way to a reverse and won 4-0.
Josh Hicks (170) battled to a scoreless 1st. He was down to start the 2nd and got an escape for the only score in the period, 1-0. In the 3rd, Burton escaped to tie the match, 1-1. The battled out of bounds at 27 seconds remaining, then at 13 seconds remaining. With seven seconds remaining Hicks got the take down and the 3-1 win. Shelby led 16-6.
Barna (182) got another huge win. He was taken down to start the match and earned an escape. Two bulls went at each other and Barna got Redwinski off balance and took him to the mat and pinned him with 26 seconds left in the 1st (1:34). That gave Shelby a 22-6 lead over Monty.
Cloe (195) battled and lost a close 3-2 match, giving up just three points, 22-9. Smithson (220) was then beaten by a major decision, 14-5. Mudgette (285) then picked up a freebie, a forfeit. That really hurt Monticello, putting them back, 28-13.
With four matches left, Shelby looked good, but couldn’t be over confident. Stirrett lost a pin, trimming the Ram lead to 28-19 in just 57 seconds.
Brachbill (113), like Barna in the Argenta match, had a chance to seal the deal. Brachbill got a quick take down and near fall points for a 5-0 lead, then removed all doubt by sticking Tankersley in just 57 seconds. That gave the Rams an insurmountable lead, 34-19.
Matt Tinsman (120) drove another nail in the coffin. He was taken down, but go a reverse and then near fall points to lead 5-2 after the 1st. He was in the down position to start the 2nd and got a reverse. McCabe got a reverse, but Tinsman reverse him back, before sticking him (3:13). Shelby was up 40-19.
Jarred Hicks lost the final match 14-5, but it didn’t matter. The Rams had won the Okaw Duals Championship.