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3 advance to state from district

Demons' Hartman, Panthers' Coleman, Wildcats' Scorpil advance

Union photo by Doug Brenneman

Jaden Davis of Mt. Pleasant and Noah Freeman of Columbus (blue headgear) wrestle for third place at 170 pounds Saturday at the district meet in Washington. Davis won 7-5.
Union photo by Doug Brenneman Jaden Davis of Mt. Pleasant and Noah Freeman of Columbus (blue headgear) wrestle for third place at 170 pounds Saturday at the district meet in Washington. Davis won 7-5.
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WASHINGTON — Columbus/Winfield-Mt. Union’s Lane Scorpil won the title at 106 pounds at the Class 2A District 8 wrestling tournament Saturday while Washington’s Brayden Hartman at 285 and Mt. Pleasant’s Carson Coleman at 120 each placed second. All three advance to the state tournament later this week.

Scorpil had a short day with Washington’s Jack Kleese’s forfeit due to illness, then his title match ended with an injury. The incident left the crowd in a somber mood as Assumption’s Derrick Bass was immobilized and taken away in an ambulance.

“I just concentrated on wrestling my match and stayed with in myself,” said Scorpil, a sophomore with a 33-0 record. “I just picked him up from where we were standing and he rolled into it. I’m excited to go to state. I think I will do decent, even pretty good.”

He was too modest to say he is going to win it all.

Columbus coach Joel Keller was confident Scorpil would win as he had previously defeated Bass.

“The kid brought his hands down on the mat and after that he tried to duck his head,” Keller said. “His hands came down and he tried to roll.”

Coleman lost his first match in 1 minute, 28 seconds, then scored a 6-5 decision to get a wrestleback and scored a 6-2 decision.

“This feels really good,” Coleman said. “It has been a goal of mine. Even last year and then this year, that has been my goal and I came up short last year.”

He used the disappointment of last season as fuel for this.

“I have had a real good season and I really needed to prove myself,” said Coleman, who is a sophomore with a 31-9 record. “I think I did that. I had to go out and attack right from the start. If I was able to push the pace, I knew I would win the match.”

In the wrestleback match, he defeated Ethan Forker (30-11) of Assumption, who he had lost to twice previously.

“I have wrestled the assumption kid before in the practice room so that gave me the knowledge and the confidence to go out there and beat him,” Coleman said. “Preparing for it mentally was my main focus.”

Hartman won his first match over Seth Schurr of Columbus/W-MU in sudden victory with a takedown with: 46 remaining. he lost the title match by fall in 4:50.

“It means a lot to go to state,” said Hartman, who is a freshman with a 21-14 record. “I’ve spent a lot of time and put in a lot of hard work to improve. I’ve spent a lot of time training, so it feels really good to make it.”

Training for districts was tough as there was a flu bug going through Washington.

“Practices were really tough,” Hartman said. “They were some of the toughest practices we’ve had so far. I pushed through it with the help of a lot of water and a lot of medicine in me.

“I am going to go to state, put my heart in it there, give it my all and leave it all out on the mat.”

Mid-Prairie’s Boucher to state

In a Class 2A District 4 meet at Center Point-Urbana, Golden Hak Isaac Boucher placed second at 195 pounds to advance to the state tournament.

Boucher is a senior with a 42-6 record. He won his first match with a 15-4 major decision, forfeited the title match then won his wrestleback match with a pin in 3:01.