After qualifying seven wrestlers for the Tolono Sectional, the Illinois Valley Central wrestling team is sending senior Jared Lauber to the State tournament.


After qualifying seven wrestlers for the Tolono Sectional, the Illinois Valley Central wrestling team is sending senior Jared Lauber to the State tournament.

 

“Jared had a good tournament,” coach Matt Russell said. “I thought the championship match was a good practice match for the State tournament.”

 

Lauber won his opening match by pinning his opponent in 1:32, using his superior strength.

 

Lauber won his next match by outsmarting his foe to take a 5-0 decision and earn a berth in the 160-pound championship match.

 

Lauber found himself facing a worthy foe in the championship match, but came out on the losing side of a 3-1 decision.

 

Lauber’s second-place finish earned him a spot in the State meet.

 

Senior Zach Switzer won his first match by exploiting flaws in his opponent’s strategy to win by a pin in 3:07.

 

Switzer would not win again and his season ended when he was pinned.

 

Although sophomore Bret Hoover lost by a pin in the championship bracket, he fought back in the consolation bracket to earn a spot in the third-place match for a shot at a trip to State.

 

Hoover put up a good fight, but his opponent’s superior skill put Hoover on the losing end of an 11-1 decision.

 

Although Hoover lost, he will still go to State with Lauber as an alternate and wrestle if someone does not make weight or has a problem that prevents them from wrestling.

 

“As far as Bret, we thought he had a real chance to win his bracket,” Russell said. “He has nothing to hang his head about though. He wrestled hard and did a great job in the Sectional. This is good preparation for him for next year.”

 

Freshman Brady Best won his first match in the championship bracket on a technical fall, but moved to the consolation bracket when he lost on a 4-2 decision.

 

Best quickly pinned his first foe in the consolation bracket by taking him down in only 0:52.

 

He extended his win streak by outsmarting his next opponent to win a 14-3 major decision.

 

In the next match, Best fought valiantly but his season came to an end when he was pinned.

 

In the 152-pound division, junior Reece Smith wrestled as best he could, but his season came to an end when he lost his first match in both the championship and the consolation brackets.

 

Senior DJ Hummer won his first match by pinning his opponent in 3:41, but entered the consolation bracket when he lost his next match in a pin in 1:41.

 

Hummer won his opening match in the consolation bracket by out-maneuvering his foe for a 16-2 decision.

 

Hummer’s season then came to an end when he was pinned in 4:56.

 

Sophomore Calvin Campbell ended his season when he fell in the opening matches of the championship and consolation brackets.

 

Lauber will wrestle at 11 a.m. Friday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.