WATERLOO – Drake Boverie and Brayton Williams of Civic Memorial cherished their victories Saturday in the Class 2A Waterloo Wrestling Regional.
They captured individual championships, while teammates Brandon Carpenter and Jordan Stagner secured second-place finishes.
All four Eagles qualified for the Mattoon Sectional, set for Feb. 13-14. The top finishers there go on to the IHSA state finals on Feb. 20-21 at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
“It was a good day for us because we advanced four individuals to the sectional and that’s what we kind of expected to do,” CM coach Chad Young said.
He added, “Overall, it went pretty well. Now, we have to get ready for next week.”
Boverie, sporting a 35-2 record, prevailed at 132 pounds by decisioning Marquez Roberson of East St. Louis, 3-1, in the finals. The junior went 3-0 in the regional and won twice by falls.
“I definitely want to win the sectional, go to state and get a high place,” said Boverie, 7-0 the past two weeks. He won four matches at the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament, where the Eagles finished second to Triad.
Boverie added, “This is the part I’ve really been working for – the postseason.”
He survived scratches to the middle and index fingers of his left hand in the title bout to complete a perfect day. “I didn’t even notice it,” said Boverie, who had both fingers taped.
Young said Boverie, who has more than 100 career wins, did what he needed to do in being successful. “Drake was pretty methodical in the finals, but that’s the way he wrestles. There’s not a big blaze from him. He’s meticulous.”
Williams, now 22-4, topped Mason Lee of Highland, 2-0, in the championship bout at 152. Williams, 2-0 in the regional, beat Lee for the second time in three tries this season. It marked the third regional title for the CM junior.
“He’s a lot stronger, so I just wanted to wrestle smart,” Williams said. “So far, this is probably my biggest win of the season. I definitely want to win the sectional, too, and then look ahead to state.”
Young said, “Brayton wrestled different against him (Lee) this time. He decided to keep him on his feet and Brayton is pretty good on his feet. You can get a take down that way and that’s what he did.”
Carpenter, a sophomore competing at 182, lost to Triad’s Alex Crehan in a fall at 2:36. Carpenter, 15-10 this season, went 1-0 with a bye before his finale. Stagner, a junior with a 24-13 record, got pinned by Triad’s John McKinney at 1:49 in the 195 finals. Stagner was 1-0 with a bye prior to his title bout.
“Brandon really has progressed since the start of the season and Jordan has had a good season,” Young said. “Both are working hard and we’d like to see them do well in the sectional and make it to state.”
Triad, showcasing five winners, scored 185 points to finish first in the nine-team field and will compete in the upcoming Taylorville Dual Team Sectional. East St. Louis was regional runner-up with 126 points and Waterloo took third with 100 points.
CM came in sixth with 73 points and Jersey was last with 43 points. Brandon Critchfield of the Panthers finished third at 132 and teammate Jordan McQuaid took third at 220. Both advanced to Mattoon. Critchfield, a junior, wound up fourth at 120 in last year’s IHSA finals.
Quincy Notre Dame’s Ashton Meyers (106), East St. Louis’ Christopher Tucker (113), Cahokia’s Marlon Manuel (120), Triad’s Merik Felton (126), Cole Wysocki (138), Cole Witzig (170), Alex Crehan (182) and John McKinney (195), along with Highland’s Trent Rakers (160) and Highland’s Nick Czar (285), plus Waterloo’s Mack Mundy (145) and Mascoutah’s Jacob Musick (220), joined Boverie and Williams as individual champs.
Other team scores included: Cahokia (99), Highland (77), Quincy Notre Dame (66) and Mascoutah (46). The top matmen from the Herrin, Springfield and Mahomet-Seymour regionals also qualified for the two-day Mattoon Sectional.