CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Central senior Clayton Boehler was disappointed with his 8-5 decision loss to open up the Class 1A state wrestling tournament on Thursday. On Friday, he made up for that loss.
Boehler ripped off two victories in the consolation bracket at the State Farm Center to reach the 160-pound consolation quarterfinals, one match away from a guaranteed medal.
In his first wrestleback, Boehler (28-7) wasted no time in defeating Cumberland's Iysten Syfert by fall in 1 minute, 6 seconds. Boehler's second match of the day proved to be a little closer.
Boehler opened up his second wrestleback against Elijah Pesek from Nazareth Academy with a takedown, but Pesek reversed to even the score at 2. An escape from Boehler gave him a 3-2 lead, then in the third period he extended that lead to 7-5. Pesek scored a takedown early in the third period to run the score even again.
An escape and takedown from Boehler as time wore down ended in a 10-7 victory. Boehler now moves on to the blood round on Saturday morning where he will face Argenta-Oreana's Makail Stanley (43-4).
In Class 3A, Quincy High School junior Thomas Culp had to medical forfeit his consolation match against Downers Grove North's Ben Bielawski. Culp suffered a hip injury and had to be taken off on a stretcher in his opening match. Blue Devils coach Phil Neally said Culp was waiting on an MRI to determine the severity of his injury as of Saturday night.