Three area wrestlers finish runner-up at Class 2A IWCOA state tournament

Sports

SPRINGFIELD (WCIA) — Mattoon’s Brady Foster, Mahomet-Seymour’s Mateo Casillas and Glenwood’s Conner Miller all finished runner-up at the Class 2A Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association state tournament Friday at the Bank of Springfield Center.

With the IHSA not hosting a state series for wrestling this year due to COVID-19, the IWCOA stepped up to give hundreds of athletes across the state the chance to compete for a medal. At 106, Foster thought he had tied his match late with a takedown but the officials talked about the call and took the points off the board, resulting in a loss for the junior.

“Second, I thought I’d like getting second,” Foster said. “It lights a fire under me for next year for sure.”

In the 195-pound championship match, Casillas had Donnie Hidden of state powerhouse Washington tied up late before the Bulldogs’ sophomore gave up a takedown with just five seconds left, giving Hidden the victory.

“It would have been lovely to get first but it just didn’t happen this year,” Casillas said. “I’m only a sophomore. That’s the goal, go be a two-time state champ.”

Meanwhile at 220, Miller wrestled from behind most of the match. The Titans’ senior couldn’t muster a late comeback to lose 9-4.

“Last year I was state runner-up too, I wanted to take it home this year,” he said. “At least we had it, at least that’s good enough.”

The Class 3A state championships are scheduled for Saturday in Springfield.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.