Triad grapplers take on Sectional meets
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By Anthony Jones
Triad wrestling was represented at both the Highland boys Sectional and Peoria Richwoods girls Sectional meets last weekend.
At the boys meet, nine Knights hit the mats.
The best performing out of that group was Colby Crouch who won the 126 pound division. Continuing to build a postseason resume that already includes a state title, he finished 3-0 with a trio of falls in less than thirty seconds.
At 152, Aidan Postma also tussled his way into the sectional championship after winning with a 46 second fall and a 7-0 decision. The senior lost the final match to Collin Reif of Jacksonville in an 8-2 decision.
The third and final Knight to advance to the IHSA State Finals was Koen Rodebush. At 182, he started off his bracket with a 16-0 technical fall win before dropping a 6-5 decision to Ethan Rivera.
Rodebush went through a gauntlet of close bouts in the consolation bracket, winning three decisions with tallies of 5-4, 6-4 and 5-4. In the third place bout, the Knight was presented with a chance to avenge his lone loss in a rematch with Rivera.
There was no doubt in their second bout, with Rodebush scoring a win by fall in just 73 seconds.
Several other Knights picked up wins at the Sectional but failed to advance to state.
Will Kelly was among this group, winning by fall twice at 106. He was ultimately eliminated from the consolation bracket in a 6-1 decision. At 120, Brody Smith tallied a technical fall and a fall victory before suffering a 4-3 decision in the consolation bracket.
Glen Henry and Braden Carlson also scored fall victories before ultimately being eliminated.
Crouch, Postma and Rodebush will all compete at the IHSA State Finals on Feb. 16-18. All matches will be held at the State Farm Center in Champaign.
While Triad had no state qualifiers from the girls sectional at Peoria Richwoods, they did have two competitors in action.
Abigail Schaft suffered her first loss in the second championship round via a 44 second fall, but quickly rebounded. The Lady Knight would rip off a 1:14 fall and an 11-6 decision in consecutive fashion before ultimately losing in the fourth consolation round.
Imani Hawkins also competed for Triad at the meet. Her two losses both came by way of fall.