Three Knights finish high at state finals
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By Anthony Jones
Three Triad wrestlers advanced to the IHSA State Finals last weekend and all of them finished in the top eight of their weight classes.
The highest placement of the group went to junior Colby Crouch, who finished in second place in the 126 pound division.
Crouch started his tournament with a pin of Bernard Cox in just 1:36 and added another fall in 46 seconds over Nate Sanchez. The defending state champion won in the semifinal round with a 10-5 decision over Wyatt Medlin from Washington.
Couch entered the title match with a 31-0 season record against 22-1 Bobby Conway from Brother Rice High School.
Triad’s representative started off what would be a high scoring affair with a 9-4 lead after the first period. Crouch continued his wire to wire lead to 15-13 at the end of the second period, but an injury forced him to forfeit before the third and final round.
Koen Rodebush brought home another medal for Triad, taking sixth place overall.
The senior’s tournament started with a loss to Chuck Connolly before a deep run through the consolation bracket. Rodebush started his path to a medal with an 8-6 decision over Zachary Canaday and followed that up with a fall at 5:59 over Jack Paris.
Another tight match came against Steven Marquez of Rock Island, where Rodebush won 14-13 via decision. In the fifth place bout, Rodebush fell in a 19-3 technical fall to Brennan Houser of Mahomet-Seymour.
Aidan Postma was the third Triad representative at the State Finals, finishing in the top eight in the 152 pound division. The senior, who finished his season with a 40-11 record, started the state meet off with a 4:26 fall over Kenny Rutherford of Peoria.
After suffering a fall of his own to Connor Cumbee of Joliet Catholic, Postma moved into the consolation bracket. The senior scored a 13-0 major decision over Isaac Decker of Lincoln to advance to the quarterfinals of the wrestlebacks against Gus Cambier of Sycamore.
Cambier, who would go on to finish third place, defeated Postma in a 9-3 decision.