A pair of Shelbyville WRam wrestlers wrestled at the IHSA Carterville 1A Individual Sectional last weekend and senior Luke Brown punched his ticket for State.
Brown and sophomore Preston Quick wrestled their way out of regional last wee. Brown took the regional crown at 126 pounds and Quick finished in 3rd at 106.
They advanced to the Carterville Sectional. Brown won his first two matches and then lost in the championship, still advancing to State. Quick added a regional win in consolation to his resume, but did not wrestle back to head to State.
Brown (29-12) came out of the middle of the bracket in the 12-man field at 126 pounds. He received a bye in the first round then faced junior Matthew Hobler of Vandalia (31-16). Brown decisioned Hobler, 5-2 to advance to the semifinal.
Brown shook hands with Patrick Campbell of Murphysboro (20-22). Campbell also had a 1st round bye and upset Jack Deischer of Mt. Carmel (30-17) with a 2nd period pin (2:57). Brown and Campbell battled and Brown pulled off the narrow victory, 2-1.
Shelbyville coach Greg Harkins relayed that Brown was the aggressor in the match.Brown tallied the first point of the match on an escape.
"He escaped to go up 1-0, then kept pushing the pace to get two stalls calls, to go up, 2-0," Harkins said. "He gave up a late escape and won, 2-1."
Brown then had to face sophomore state honorable mention Rayce Zike of Cumberland (30-5) in the final. Zike got the upper hand and the pin for the win in the 1st period (1:07).
Brown is part of a group of 16 wrestlers bracketed at State (126 pounds). Brown will face a hot-shot freshman in the first round at State. Will Rude of Sterling Newman is ranked 6th in the state with a record of 44-6.
Quick (13-5) wrestled junior Matthew Minick of Althoff (37-9). Minick, ranked 6th in the state, racked up a 17-2 technical fall. Quick then got a bye in consolation. He took on sophomore Trenton Schach of Frankfort (27-18), who had a sectional win, then lost in the quarterfinals. Quick out-pointed Schach for the win, 8-3
Quick still had three matches to go to wrestle all the way back to 3rd place. However, he faced freshman Aaron Niemeyer of Wood River (36-10) in his next match and lost.
Neimeyer lost right off the bat, then wrestled back three straight matches before facing Quick. Neimeyer was in control the whole way, scoring a major decision (13-0) and eliminating Quick.