MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour wrestling has continued its torrid pace. The Bulldogs blitzed the 16 other programs at the Prairie Central Tournament to come away with the big victory.
M-S scored 252 points. Prairie Central took second with 212 points. Sandwich (192.5 points) was third.
138-pounder Logan Petro went 5-0 and took first place. Petro racked up four pins on his way to the crown. Petro pinned Herscher’s Kolton Hisel in 1 minute, 43 seconds in the championship match. Petro improved to 17-6.
152-pound junior Gage Granadino pulled out a massive victory. He picked up three-consecutive pins to reach the Final Four. Then, Granadino edged Beardstown’s Alexis Gil in a 1-0 decision. Gil entered the match with a 28-1 record.
In the championship match, Grandino slipped past Dwight’s Cade Enerson with a sudden death victory. Granadino sits at 23-7 overall.
Braeden Heinold, Daniel Renshaw and Seth Buchanan all took second in their respective weight classes.
Heinold improved to 12-1 this season with a strong 4-1 showing at Prairie Central in the 132-pound bracket. Heinold picked up two consecutive pins to advance to the championship bracket. He was edged 2-1 by Sandwich’s Braulio Flores in the championship.
Renshaw had two pins and a big 2-0 victory over 19-match winner Deven Pearson from Peoria Richwoods to advance to the finals. Prairie Central’s star Josh Woodrey improved to 30-1 this season by defeating Renshaw 11-3. Renshaw is still having a terrific season. The junior is 18-8 overall.
Buchanan was a wrecking ball for the first three matches of the day. He pinned Gage Haskett in 44 seconds. He pinned David Tyler in 27 seconds. He pinned Logan Hatfield in 82 seconds. But in the championship match, he faced El Paso-Gridley’s Ethan Faulk who had just one loss all season. Buchanan and Faulk had a tremendous battle, but Faulk edged the M-S senior star 12-9. Buchanan is 21-4 in the 285-pound weight class this season.
Payton Ragona and Mateo Casillas both placed third. Ragona improved to 13-11 this season with a 3-2 showing at 113 pounds. Ragona had two pins, including one in the third-place match.
Casillas continued his strong freshman season at 195 pounds. Casillas earned a first-round bye and cruised into the semifinals with a pin over Rain Gentes and an 8-2 victory over Connor Barnes. But in the semifinals, he was pinned by Prairie Central’s Brandon Hoselton in 31 seconds. Hoselton was a perfect 31-0 this season. Casillas bounced back in the third-place match and dominated Owen O’Hara with a 9-2 victory.
Caden Hatton (106), Noah Schnepper (126), Chance Decker (145), Brennan Houser (160) and Colton Crowley (182) all placed fourth. Crowley is 16-10 on the year. Decker is an impressive 19-8.
The Bulldogs will host the Marty Williams Invitational on Jan. 18. Wrestling programs from around the state will compete in Mahomet with action beginning at 9 a.m. M-S will also host the second week of the Apollo Wrestling Week on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m.