By Mark Jurgena
COLLINSVILLE — Four wrestlers from the Collinsville boys wrestling team were able to punch their ticket to this weekend’s Class 3A Quincy Sectional.
They all took third place at the regional which was also contested in Quincy.
At 120 pounds, Chase Hare (19-21) started his day with a win over Cael Baylowski of Belleville East by a 17-4 tech fall.
He then lost to Ryan Richie of Edwardsville by pinfall at 1:30. Richie would go on to claim the regional crown.
After receiving a bye into the third place match, he beat Baylowski again this time with a pin at 29 seconds to claim his spot at this weekend’s sectional.
“Hair is the youngest one of the qualifiers for the sectionals, he’s a freshman,” said May. “He’s had a tough year. He’s a freshman wrestling varsity at 120, he’s had some tough opponents. But he showed up. You could see it in Chase’s eyes he was locked in and he was ready to show us what he could do.
“To be honest all of our guys showed up in the regional,” May added.
At 126 pounds, senior Tyler Minner (19-19) opened his day with a win over Zachary Earney of Granite City in 14 seconds thanks to a pin. In his second match, he lost to Evan Wakefield of Quincy via pinfall at the 4:33 mark.
He beat Connor Teeter of Belleville East at 33 seconds in his third match then won over Tyler Wood of O’Fallon in 36 seconds for third.
“It’s actually the first time he’s ever placed on the podium,” said May. “This year he has worked harder than ever. This last week he’s had a shift in his mindset. Tyler’s a very fun kid to be around he’s always joking around. But last week he got really locked in during the practices. You can tell that he wanted it on the mat.”
At 165, senior Cody Lutz raised his record to 31-9 overall with three victories in four matches.
He beat Rayshon Lyles of Granite City by pin at 5:17 then fell to eventual weight class champion Owen Uppinghouse of Quincy by fall at 1:15. Uppinghouse is 48-0 on the season.
Lutz came back to beat Kyle Kujawa of O’Fallon by pin at 1:05. Then beat Alex Ramo of Belleville West by fall at 3:01.
“Cody’s had a great year,” said May. “He’s had a little bit of nagging injuries that we haven’t figured out yet. He’s been wrestling a little more cautiously than he had been earlier in the season, but he still comes out aggressive when he needs to. He comes from a family of wrestlers.
Senior Scott Snyder (26-18) moved onto the sectional at 190 pounds. It is the second time he has qualified for the sectional
He beat Alex Wells of Quincy by a 15-0 tech fall then lost to Ethan Hofmeister of Belleville West by a 3-2 decision.
Two weeks ago Snyder fell to Hofmeister by a major decision.
Hofmeister is now 22-4 on the season after winning the weight class.
Snyder came back to beat Cedric King of Belleville East by fall at 1:32 before again beating Wells in 30 seconds for third place.
“He did a phenomenal job,” said May. “He wrestled hard and smart this past weekend. He’s a very strong kid, definitely one of the hardest workers he is a team captain. I’m very proud of him.”
Other Kahoks who won matches at the regional tourney include two-time winners Camron Minner and Michael Tongay. Stephen Stewart, Carter Bub and Jordan Thigpen all won one match.
Edwardsville won the team title with 234 points while Quincy was second with 200. The Kahoks were fifth with 93 points.