Friday updates of the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament

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By Andrew Harner

Throughout the day, this page will provide updates on the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament as they become available.

On Friday, two Vandalia wrestlers are guaranteed to wrestle, with three others waiting to see if they will become eligible for the wrestle-back bracket.


9:22 p.m.: Senior Levi Ulmer earlier tonight lost in the semifinals, 3-0. He will wrestle during the wrestle-back semifinals on Saturday. That round begins at 11 a.m.

2:35 p.m.: Edwards will wrestle again in the 9 a.m. session on Saturday morning. The next update for today will come after the championship semifinals, which begin at 7 p.m.

2:32 p.m.: Senior Daniel Edwards recorded the team's first pin of the state tournament during the wrestle-backs, earning a win by fall in 4:35.

2:04 p.m.: Sophomore Seth Purcell was pinned at 3:44 in the wrestle-backs.

1:49 p.m.: Freshman Dalton Blankenship lost in the wrestle-backs, 10-2.

11:58 a.m.: Levi Ulmer has advanced to the semifinals after defeating Shawn Skinner of Rock Falls, 11-5. Ulmer will face Logan Staver (38-4) of Lena-Winslow in a round that begins tonight at 7 p.m. Staver, this season, has lost to two opponents that Ulmer has defeated.

In the other 195-pound semifinal, Litchfield's Frank Hollo will battle Morrison's Mark McDonnell.

11:38 a.m.: Dayin Godberson will not be in the wrestle-back bracket. Dakota Richards, who defeated Godberson in the first round, was defeated in the quarterfinals.

10:37 a.m.: Edwards will meet Oregon's Josh Merril in the wrestle-backs. Merrill is 16-11 on the season.

10:34 a.m.: Daniel Edwards (24-8) was pinned by LeRoy's Josh Johnson (34-2) in 2:34 during the quarterfinals. He will go to the wrestle-back bracket.

10:15 a.m.: Seth Purcell (17-10) will be in the wrestle-back bracket after Mark McDonnell advanced to the championship semifinals. Purcell will meet Lisle senior Brad Biechschmidt (30-7).

9:55 a.m.: Dalton Blankenship (21-12) will be in the wrestle-back bracket after Andy Rodawold advanced to the championship semifinals. Blankenship will meet Dakota junior Brandon Lizar (30-7).

8:25 a.m.: Other quarterfinal bouts of interest to Vandalia wrestlers are the following:

•132 — Andy Rodawold (34-2) vs. Brandon Lizer (30-6). If Rodawold wins, Vandalia freshman Dalton Blankenship will get in the wrestle-back bracket, with the round beginning at 1 p.m.

•145 — Mark McDonnell (23-1) vs. Brad Blechschmidt (30-6). If McDonnell wins, Vandalia sophomore Seth Purcell will get in the wrestle-back bracket.

•182 — Dakota Richards (36-7) vs. Nick Collofello (19-2). If Richards win, Vandalia senior Dayin Godberson will get in the wrestle-back bracket.

8:20 a.m.: Seniors Daniel Edwards (152) and Levi Ulmer (195) will be wrestling in the quarterfinals, which begin at 8:30 a.m. Edwards will meet LeRoy senior Josh Johnson (33-2) in the quarterfinals, and Ulmer will meet Shawn Skinner (28-10) of Rock Falls.