Green places second, advances to State

Justin Miller

Despite sending 11 wrestlers to Sectional, the Ghosts qualified only one for the State tournament.

Senior Chris Green made it to the 285-pound championship match, where he took on a formidable Kewanee opponent.

Despite giving a stellar performance in the championship match, Green still came up short when he lost a close 3-1 decision.

“In the final, Chris went toe-to-toe with the No. 3 kid in the state and had an opportunity to win the match in the end,” coach Matt Russell said.

Although Green lost, by finishing second in his weight class, he is now qualified to go to State.

Sophomore Jared Lauber was the only other Ghost to place in the Sectional when he finished fourth in the 145-pound division.

Despite his fourth-place finish, it was not enough for Lauber to make the State tournament.

Although Green will be the only representative for the Ghosts at State, Russell said he is proud of Green’s impressive accomplishment.

“I could not be happier or more proud of him for the way he wrestled at the Sectional tournament,” Russell said.

After a rough season, Green and Russell are not taking time off to relax and celebrate.

“We will work hard this week and go to Champaign and try to put ourselves into a position to compete for a medal,” Russell said.

Green will wrestle Friday in the preliminaries at Assembly Hall in Champaign.