Prep Wrestling

Blue Devils' Culp suffers injury at state

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 21, 2020 1:20 am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Quincy High School junior wrestler Thomas Culp was taken out of the State Farm Center on a stretcher after suffering an injury during his opening match Thursday in the Class 3A state tournament.

Culp drew Lake Zurich's Joey Mrazek in the first round, but suffered an injury in the area of his left hip and lower back. He tried to wrestle through it, but with 22 seconds remaining in the first period, Culp was forced to injury default.

Trainers and medical personnel worked on him while on the mat before bringing out a stretcher and taking him to a nearby hospital.

QHS coach Phil Neally said doctors confirmed Culp had not suffered a dislocated hip. Without an MRI, they don't know for certain if any ligaments or muscles are torn.

Culp is scheduled to face Downers Grove North's Ben Bielawski in the wrestlebacks Friday morning. A decision won't be made until Friday where Culp will take another injury default.

The QHS wrestler, who has a 39-6 record, is making his second straight state appearance.

The only other area representative at the state title also lost in the opening round. Central's Clayton Boehler, wrestling at 160 pounds in the Class 1A meet, suffered an 8-5 loss to Dakota's Aidan Nardin.

Boehler will face Cumberland's Iysten Syfert in the first round of the wrestlebacks.