By Anthony Jones
TROY — A trio of Knights have earned their spots at the IHSA State Finals for wrestling after top at the Feb. 10 Class 2A Sectional at Mahomet-Seymour.
The lone Knight to win a sectional title was Colby Crouch. Competing at 126 pounds, the senior earned his third state qualification in his career.
After receiving a first round bye, the talented Knight pinned his quarterfinal foe in just 49 seconds. A subsequent second-round pin pushed him into the championship match, where he won with a fall after 25 seconds.
Sophomore Will Kelly, who competes at 106 pounds, also reached the first-place match. Following two wins by fall, Kelly won his semifinal match in a 9-3 decision. Ultimately, he fell to second-place after losing a 6-0 decision.
The third Knight to punch his ticket to the state’s crowning event was 136 pounder Brody Smith.
After opening with a 16-0 technical fall victory, the second-year grappler crossed paths with Isaac Smith of Carbondale. The senior Terrier, who holds a 45-2 season record and went on to win the sectional, won with a second-round pin.
In his first rounds of the consolation bracket, Triad’s Smith won in 11-1 and 12-3 major decisions to qualify for state. Later in the third-place match, he suffered a 7-0 decision defeat.
While failing to advance to the IHSA’s culminating event, Triad’s Shane Seip scored two wins at the meet. The freshman tallied both of his victories by fall and was knocked out of the consolation bracket in a 9-7 decision.
Triad’s three state qualifiers return to action on Feb. 15, for the first of three potential days at the state meet. The IHSA State Finals are hosted at the State Farm Center in Champaign.