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By DANIEL L. CHAMNESS
For Rantoul Press
Then there were two.
Rantoul wrestlers Javen Cobb and Tevin Rodgers earned the right to advance to the Illinois High School Association Class 2A Sectional, which will be held at Mattoon High School.
The pair, along with four other Eagle wrestlers, competed at the Mahomet-Seymour Class 2A Regional.
Cobb, who wrestles at 152 pounds, finished 2-1 and faced some of the toughest competition in his weight division. Finishing third by topping Bloomington High’s KyleRidgeway 10-9, Cobb grabbed the final qualifying spot. His lone loss at the regional was to Mahomet-Seymour’s Derek Grant, who earned a 14-1 major decision over Cobb.
Grant would eventually win the regional title, blanking his opponent 4-0. Cobb defeated David Fowler of Decatur Eisenhower by pinfall at the 5:20 mark of their match.
“We were concerned about Ridgeway,” said Rantoul head coach Craig Acree. “I knew Grant would be a problem. He is pretty good. We know our first-round opponent in the sectional. Javen has faced him before and even though he lost, we have a great game plan and I believe he will win. He will have to wrestle one of his best matches of the year, but I have confidence in him.”
Rodgers was one of only four wrestlers to compete for the 182-pound title.
Rodgers was 1-1 at the weight class, beating Mahomet-Seymour’s Jon Brown by pinfall at 3:38.
Besides his pinfall victory, which occurred in the second period, he was pinned in the third period by Jeremy Rivers of Westville. Rivers pinned Rodgers at the 5:50 mark of the contest.
“Tevin just needs to continue to wrestle as he has,” Acree said. “We don’t know much about his opponent in the sectional, but if he continues to perform like he has been, he should be OK.
Everyone at 182 pounds got a bye into the semifinal round.
Rantoul was also represented by Cody Pierce (145 pounds), Hunter Adkins (160), Jamie Perkins (170) and Mitch Williams (220). Pierce, Perkins and Williams all posted 2-2 marks. All four grapplers finished fourth in the regional.
Williams, the lone Eagle senior at the regional, was topped by Mahomet-Seymour’s Parker Overmyer 10-7 in the third place match.
“Mitch started to believe this year,” said Acree. “He believed in winning. I saw a confidence in him that I had not seen in previous years. He fought in every match. Because of that, he had a ton of success."
While Williams’ career is over, Perkins is only a freshman. The 170-pounder lost to another Mahomet-Seymour wrestler, Scottie Rotrammel by pinfall. Rotrammell pinned Perkins at the 5:18 mark of the match, winning a third period decision.
“We are expecting big things from Jamie,” said Acree. “He wrestled like he had nothing to lose.”
Bloomington’s Shawn Safford pinned Pierce by pinfall in the first period. He won at 1:36.
“Cody wrestled his best at the regional,” said Acree. “He peaked when he needed to.”
Hunter Adkins lost both of his matches, but those two losses were to a state ranked competitor in the first round and Champaign Central’s Trysten Schoonover in the third place match. He was pinned at the 1:45 mark of the first period.
“He was about 3 inches from moving on,” said Acree. Hunter won two matches last year. This year, he won 18. That says it all. I look forward to working with him again next year.”