By FRED KRONER
Three Mahomet-Seymour senior wrestlers qualified for the Class 2A state tournament based on their results in Saturday’s Lincoln Sectional.
David Griffet, a 285-pounder, was dominant in his weight class. He pinned all three of his sectional opponents, including a 42-second fall in the semifinals and a 41-second fall in the championship bout.
Griffet (45-6 record) has pinned five of his six postseason foes while winning regional and sectional titles.
Teammates qualifying for state were Ben Stahl (220 pounds) and David Spencer (138 pounds).
Spencer suffered a 1-0 loss in the quarterfinals, then worked his way through four wrestleback matches to place third. He was 5-1 overall at the sectional and is 46-12 for the season. In the third-place match, he earned a 13-0 decision.
Stahl (43-12 record) registered three pins — two in the first period — and placed fourth in his weight class.
Overall, M-S’ nine sectional entrants compiled a cumulative 17-15 record.
A near-miss for state was 170-pound junior Wyatt Heimann. He won twice by technical fall, but fell one win shy of advancing to state. His season record is 40-14.
Junior Kyle Johnson also won two matches at sectional. Senior Lucas Hooper (195) reached the 20-win mark with his one sectional triumph.
Other M-S sectional participants were Chance Decker (126), Boden Freeman (132) and Gage Granadino (145).
The three-day individual state tournament starts on Thursday at the UI’s State Farm Center.
Cory Noe and Grant Coleman each made three three-point shots on Friday as the Bulldogs handed visiting Taylorville a 65-49 Apollo Conference loss.
Noe scored a team-high 24 points. Coleman added 13 points. Each player also had five rebounds and three assists.
Also scoring in doubles figures for M-S (18-8) was Noah Benedict with 10 points. He cleared three rebounds.
The team’s assist leader was Holt Campion, with four.
M-S jumped into a 23-10 lead after one quarter and nearly doubled the score on the Tornadoes (18-7) at halftime, 41-21.
Mahomet-Seymour scored 21 of the 27 fourth-quarter points to rally for a 66-53 win at Taylorville on Thursday.
Erin Lenschow hit 9 of 10 free throws and led the Bulldogs (14-11) with 14 points. She cleared eight rebounds and handed out three assists.
Scoring 12 points apiece were Amanda Franklin and Kailyn Northrup. Franklin had five steals and Northrup grabbed five rebounds.
Keida Nichols totaled nine points, four rebounds and four steals.
In all, five Bulldogs hit three-point shots. Franklin, Lenschow and Northrup hit a three-pointer as did teammates Alexa Franklin and Abby Kyle.
M-S will start postseason play on Wednesday at Charleston, with a 7:30 p.m. game against fifth-seeded Mattoon. M-S is the No. 4 seeds for the Class 3A regional tournament.
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