CHAMPAIGN – The Vandals struggled offensively in dropping all four preliminary bouts at the individual state wrestling tournament.
Battling at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois on Thursday, none of the Vandals who qualified for the event were able to come away with a victory, and only one of them ever had a lead.
Now, all four will watch as their opponents battle in the championship quarterfinals on Friday at 8:30 a.m., because if their opponent wins in that round, they will be placed in the consolation bracket, which begins at 1 p.m. on Friday.
At 106 pounds, freshman Chaston Womack held a 2-0 lead for the first five minutes of his bout, but because Byron's Brady Wilsie was awarded control at the start of the third period, he was eventually able to pin Womack with 47 seconds left in the bout.
Wilsie (29-13) will meet Zach Lorek (28-7) in the championship quarterfinals.
At 138 pounds, sophomore Dalton Blankenship was assessed two penalty points for stalling in dropping his bout to Sterling Newman Central Catholic's Stephen Adamecz, 5-1.
Adamecz (30-9) will face Gage Stephens (36-2) in the championship quarterfinals.
At 145 pounds, junior Tyler Dagen was unable to create any offense against Dakota's Brandon Lizer, one of the top 145-pounders in the state. Dagen was taken down in 12 seconds, but only lost, 4-0, riding Lizer tough throughout the bout.
Lizer (39-5) will battle Jake Czaja (39-8) in the championship quarterfinals.
At 160 pounds, senior Zach Jackson couldn't get past North Boone's Tyler Westlund in a 9-2 loss. Jackson scored both of his points on escapes.
Westlund (34-3) will take on Kyle Reczek (39-3) in the championship quarterfinals.
Despite the poor showing, the four will have another shot to contribute this season if they don't make the consolation bracket, as the team will face Murphysboro on Tuesday at the dual team sectional in Robinson at 6 p.m.