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BY JASON BROWN
Mahomet Citizen sportswriter
In the third week of Corn Belt Conference meets, the Mahomet-Seymour wrestling team re-captured the conference championship after defeating Stanford Olympia last Tuesday.
“I must say that winning the Corn Belt this season was very satisfying and exciting,” said coach Rob Ledin. “Olympia beat us for the title last year, and to regain the title and control the match like we did was very impressive.”
The Bulldogs defeated Olympia 42-25 at home, and according to Ledin, the Bulldogs have won the title 9 of his 11 years as coach.
Pinners against Olympia included senior Hunter Crowley (Fall 1:49), sophomore Wyatt Heimann (Fall 1:00), junior David Spencer (Fall 1:02), senior Zach Daebelliehn (Fall 1:22), junior Lucas Morgan (Fall 3:24) and senior RG Bradley (Fall 1:31).
Other winners included sophomore Kyle Johnson (SV-1 12-10) and junior Ben Stahl (UTB 4-2).
“Our senior class has done a great job leading our team this season,” said Ledin.
Crowley continues to climb on the top 10 wins and pins categories and could break the single-season pin record of 31. He has 30.
Crowley could also break the single-season wins record of 50. He has 42.
“We feel pretty confident heading into regionals,” said Ledin. “We’ve wrestled a great tournament schedule and feel very prepared for the state series run. We, of course, would like to defend our back-to-back regional titles.”
Bradley and Daebelliehn have recorded more than 30 wins this season.
Spencer, Morgan and Stahl also boast 30-win seasons, and junior David Griffet will most likely surpass 30 wins, even though he missed significant time due to injury.
Juniors Caleb Grove and Justin Roberts should also have opportunities to qualify for sectionals with many other Bulldogs.
“Sophomores Kyle Johnson, Wyatt Heimann and Cameron Livingston have excellent chances of qualifying for the sectional and could sneak into the top four at sectionals to qualify for state,” said Ledin. “Freshmen Chance Decker and Bode Freeman also have great chances of qualifying for sectionals.”
On Thursday night, the Bulldogs also defeated St. Joseph, 50-19.
Bode Freeman (120 pounds), Spencer (126), Morgan (152), Bradley (182), Crowley (195) and Griffet (220) posted pins.
During the short week off before regionals, Ledin has been stressing the fundamentals of wrestling.
“We will have high intensity in practice Monday through Wednesday and then taper down the live wrestling to high intensity situational drilling,” said Ledin.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to enter regional championships at Urbana this weekend before entering the individual sectional next Saturday at Mascoutah.