Bulldogs face tall order at state
PEORIA – Tuesday's Class 2A team-dual sectional meet was a good news/bad news situation for Mahomet-Seymour's third-ranked wrestling team.
Good: The Bulldogs overpowered Peoria Woodruff 40-24 to advance to Saturday's state quarterfinals.
Bad: Already without a 112-pounder, M-S likely will be without one of its winningest wrestlers. Branden Harvey, a 125-pound junior, lost by default after breaking his nose and possibly suffering a concussion.
Good: The Bulldogs returned to state for the first time after a six-year absence.
Bad: Their 11 a.m. quarterfinal match is against No. 1 Lombard Montini, which had six individuals in state championship matches last weekend.
"If they seed the individual tournament, I don't see why they can't seed the teams," M-S coach Rob Ledin said. "It's sad to come out against Montini right off the bat."
The Bulldogs overcame a 21-13 deficit by winning six of the final seven bouts.
M-S highlights included Jason Cleary winning his team-leading 43rd match at 189; Cody Briggs starting the comeback with an 11-2 win at 130; Kenny Oliger clinching the team win with a 14-5 victory at 152 and state champion Andrew Brewer "putting on a clinic on his feet," according to Ledin, with seven takedowns in his 16-7 verdict at 171.
"The last two years, we wrestled Peoria and lost," Ledin said. "This group has had a different attitude the second part of the season. I'm happy."