By J.W. Campbell, Sportswriter
Two Triad wrestlers, Chase Hall and Garrett Bakarich finished fifth in their respective weight classes this past weekend at the individual state wrestling tournament in Champaign-Urbana.
Hall, a freshman, competed at 106, while Bakarich, a junior, wrestled in the 145-pound division.
In his fifth-place match, Hall defeated Coby Haney of Mattoon in a 6-4 decision.
He started the tournament with a pin of Brandon Edelen-Hultz of Oak Forest before losing to Sean Conway of Chicago St. Patrick in a 13-7 decision.
Hall also had a technical fall victory over Alex Crawford of Sycamore and a 1-0 win over Cajaun Johnson of Champaign Centennial before losing an 11-3 bout to Evan Schiffman of Lemont in a consolation bracket semifinal.
Bakarich defeated Thomas Kenetski of Clifton in a 15-4 major decision in his fifth-place match.
The Triad junior began his tournament action with a pin of Mike Rodrigeuz of St. Lauren. He fell into the consolation bracket with a major decision loss to Mick Termini of Burlington.
In his first two wrestle back competitions, Bakarich beat Jackie Sistrunk of Antioch by a 20-4 major decision and defeated Joey Murphy of Grayslake in an 8-5 decision.
In his consolation semifinal, Bakarich lost to Grant LaDuke of Lemont by a fall.
In addition to Hall and Bakarich, three other Triad wrestlers qualified for the state tournament. They were Will Hillard at 138, Collin North at 220 and Kaleb Port at 182.
Hillard won his first state match, beating Anthony Greco of Nazareth 12-4 in a major decision. He followed that win with a 12-0 major decision loss to Ryan Gardner of Bloomington and a fall to Bryce Shelton of West Marian.
North started his tournament run by being pinned by Josuse Ferro of Burlington. The Triad sophomore bounced back with a 7-4 win over Faheem Mannan of Vernon Hills.
In his final bout of the tournament, North fell to Jason Burburja of Crystal Lake in a 6-0 decision.
Port, a senior, lost to Daniel Jezik of Coal City in a 14-5 major decision to start his tournament. It ended for Port with a 10-1 major decision setback to Mounes Betancourt of Bremen.
Triad was scheduled to compete against Mahomet-Seymour on Tuesday, February 19 in a team tournament sectional in Taylorville. Results of that match were not available at press time.
The Knights qualified for the sectional by winning their regional in Jerseyville earlier this month. Triad finished the regional with 200 team points, 43.5 more than their closest competitors.