Shelbyville's Alex Jones wrestled his back to the Class A 3rd place match at State on Saturday and lost a rematch to finish 4th.
Jones the #3 ranked wrestler at 132 pounds lost to the #2 wrestler, Andy Rodawold of Wilmington on Friday, by the narrowest of margins, 4-3.
The match came down to a nail biter in the final 7 seconds of the match, Alex was down 4 to 3 and was in the bottom position, all he needed was an escape to tie and go into overtime.
According to Daily Union correspondent Barry Brown, the ref blew the whistle and Jones exploded up just getting free as they went out of bounds and time ran down.
It was a very close call and could have potentially gone either way, but it didn't go Alex's way so he suffered the loss to Rodawald the eventual runner-up. Alex's loss in the semis dropped him into the wrestlebacks semifinal round that was wrestled at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
He wrestled a very strong 9-0 match over Schuyler Lindsey (Sr) 32-8 Manteno ranked #10 and advanced to the 3rd place championship round.
He ran up against Schulyer Lindsay of Manteno. Jones was in control the whole match, shutting out Lindsay with a major decision, 9-0.
Due to cross bracketing, Austin McPeek (35-5), who Alex had already beaten in the quarterfinal round, 7-1, would get another chance to wrestle Alex for 3rd place.
McPeak wrestled his way all the way back and earned a rematch with Jones.
According to correspondent Brown, Alex wrestled well in the 3rd/4th place match but it was McPeek's turn to win, 8-4.
"That just shows how anyone at that level can come out and win," Brown said. "Alex got 4th for the second time even though he did not reach his ultimate goal he had a great career."
Jones, a senior, placed 4th in the state last year.
Jones finshed the final state meet of his career winning three matches and losing two. He finished his senior season with a record of 33-7.
Finley- After suffering his loss to Jose Villarreal (jr) 38-7 had to win his quarterfinal match for Finley to enter back into the tournament. Villarreal was pinned in that match by the eventual Two time state Champion Josh Alber (So.) 44-0 of Dakota ranked #1. Villarreal wrestled back to finish 3rd.