Prep Wrestling

Blue Devils send four wrestlers to sectionals

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 9, 2020 12:30 am

GRANITE CITY, Ill. -- The Quincy High School wrestling team is bringing four wrestlers home for the sectional.

The Blue Devils had two wrestlers place second and two place third in their respective weight classes in Saturday's Class 3A Granite City Regional. The top three in each weight class advance to the sectional, which will be hosted by QHS next Friday and Saturday at Blue Devil Gym.

Thomas Culp, ranked fifth in Class 3A at 182 pounds by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association but seeded third in the regional, knocked off second-seeded Kenny Lutz of Collinsville 8-2 in the semifinals. Lutz beat Culp earlier this season.

Culp then suffered a 9-8 loss to Edwardsville's Caleb Harrold in the championship match.

"He had a chance to win it the end," QHS coach Phil Neally said. "He just ran out of time."

At 220 pounds, Quincy's Avery Bodi was seeded second and beat Granite City's Mason Kelly 6-3 in the semifinals. He lost a 10-2 major decision to top-seeded Blake Moss of Edwardsville in the finals.

"He is one of the more unexpected guys to get through, but he really wrestled hard," Neally said. "It's good to see him get through."

Kaleb Vahle and Blake Peter advanced with third-place finishes.

Wrestling at 170, Vahle lost to Alton's Darrien Jones 8-3 in the semifinals but rebounded to pin Collinsville's Seth Sorenson in 1 minute, 51 seconds in the consolation semifinals and stick Granite City's Nick Grayson in 1:08 in the third-place match.

"He never gave up and wrestled hard to fight his way back," Neally said.

At 120, Peter lost 4-3 to Collinsville's Jalen May in the semifinals, but responded by pinning O'Fallon's Ashton Schantz in 2:38 and recording a 6-3 victory over Edwardsville's Connor Surtin in the third-place match. Surtin beat Peter in the postseason last year.

"It was 3-3 and Peter put him on his back and held him there the rest of the third period," Neally said. "It was a great day for him."