Six Hillsboro wrestlers competed in the IKWF South Sectional on Saturday, March 5, at Vandalia.
Brett Vogel placed second in the 138-pound senior division to punch his ticket to the IKWF state tourney in Rockford. After getting a first round bye, Vogel beat Jacob Stewart of Vandalia by a 9-4 margin, before earning a semifinal win over Cody Moynihan of King Select Wrestling by another 9-4 decision.
In the first place match, Vogel lost by fall to Skyler Roley of the Effingham Youth Wrestling Club at the 2:01 mark.
Dalton Deming and Jordan Gregg also did well in the sectionals, but weren't old enough to advance to the state tournament.
Deming earned an 8-0 major decision win over Hunter Wagley of the Herrin Junior Wrestling Club , before falling to Zachary Braunagel of the O'Fallon Little Panthers by pin at the 1:20 mark of the 108-pound intermediate division title match.
Gregg also won his first match, pinning Noah Petty of the Saukee Youth Wrestling Club at the 2:28 mark, before losing in the semifinal by pin in 1:17 to Wyatt Fry of Alton. The Junior Toppers' 122-pounder then won his last two matches, beating Nolan Tewell of Lawrence County 6-0 and pinning Matthew Wilson of Team Mascoutah at 1:30 of the third place match.
As for the other Junior Toppers, Cole Deming went 2-2 in the 130-pound senior division, Alex White went 0-1 in the intermediate 62-pound group, and Ty White finished 1-1 in the 84-pound intermediate class.
IKWF South Sectional
Senior 130: Cole Deming (Hillsboro Jr. Toppers) - won by pin over Dalyn Brach (Olney Cubs WC) at 1:40; won by pin over Wyatt Hahn (Bulls WC) at 2:30; lost to Jonathan Chamberlain (Roxana Kids WC) by dec. 8-3; lost to Russell Leonard (Carbondale WC) by dec. 4-1.
Senior 138: Brett Vogel (Hillsboro Jr. Toppers), 2nd place - received a first round bye; won by decision over Jacob Stewart (Vandalia Jr Vandals) 9-4; won by decision over Cody Moynihan (King Select Wrestling) 9-4; lost to Skyler Roley (Effingham Youth WC) by at 2:01.
Intermediate 62: Alex White (Hillsboro Jr. Toppers) - lost to Dehaven Burgess (Vandalia Jr Vandals) by pin at 0:58.
Intermediate 84: Ty White (Hillsboro Jr. Toppers) - won by decision over Zane Caraway (Murphysboro Wrestling) 5-0; lost to Devin Wills (Highland Bulldog Jr WC) by dec. 5-2.
Intermediate 108: Dalton Deming (Hillsboro Jr. Toppers), 2nd place - won by major decision over Hunter Wagley (Herrin Junior WC) 8-0; lost to Zachary Braunagel (O'Fallon Little Panthers) by pin at 1:20.
Intermediate 122: Jordan Gregg (Hillsboro Jr. Toppers), 3rd - won by pin over Noah Petty (Saukee Youth WC) at 2:28; lost to Wyatt Fry (Alton Little Redbird WC) by pin at 1:17; won by decision over Nolan Tewell (Lawrence County WC) 6-0; won by pin over Matthew Wilson (Team Mascoutah) at 1:30.