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Troy Wrestling Team placed 2nd at IESA Sectional Competition

Twelve members qualified for State

3/16/2020, 10:41 p.m.
The Troy 30-C Wrestling Team took 2nd at the recent IESA Sectional Meet, held at Lincoln-Way West High School. Twelve ...

The Troy 30-C Wrestling Team took 2nd at the recent IESA Sectional Meet, held at Lincoln-Way West High School.

Twelve members of the 5th-8th grade team also qualified for State competition.

They are Coehn Weber, Carson Weber, Justin Boettger, Joey Boettger, Janick Schwab, Colin Morgan, Zach Meza, Jayden Groner, Gavin Garcia, Nico Ronchetti, Max Hrvatin and Wyatt Schmitt.

Coaches are Joe Jaeger, Rudy Meza and Chris Meza.

"This year has been such an amazing experience for this team," Jaeger said. "The perseverance, dedication, hard work and teamwork I saw this year has brought so much joy to my heart. This sport teaches so much. The accomplishments from this year include 2nd at the Homer Invite, 2nd at the Coal City Invite, 1st at our Troy Invite, 2nd at the Dale Keith Invite, 4th at Mid-State Duals in Peoria, Regional Champions, and Sectional Runner-Up. I cannot be more proud of the effort that these athletes have put forth for these accolades. This year has been memorable and to end in this way is heart breaking."

Troy Athletic Director Meagan DeGroot said the team learned the week following the competition that the IESA State Wrestling Finals scheduled for March 13-14 at the Convocation Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb had been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. At this point, DeGroot said, there are no plans to re-schedule the tournament.

"The coaches cannot be more proud of the effort that the qualifiers put forth in Sectionals," Troy Athletic Director Meagan DeGroot said. "The team took 2nd as a team and was very close to beating the returning State champs from Homer. A big thanks to the coaches for all their hard work."

Prior to Sectionals, the Troy Wrestling Team was the IESA Regional Champion, taking 1st at the tournament held at the John J. Lukancic Middle School. From regionals, 19 Troy wrestlers qualified for sectionals, with nine taking 1st place; four taking 2nd place and six taking 3rd place.

Taking 1st place at Regionals were Coehn Weber, Carson Weber, Janick Schwab, Adrian Hernandez, Gavin Garcia, Nico Ronchetti, Darian Arteaga, Max Hrvatin and Wyatt Schmitt.

Taking 2nd place at Regionals were Joey Boettger, Colin Morgan, Zach Meza and Jayden Groner.

Taking 3rd place at Regionals were Jonah Maldonado, Justin Boettger, Cade Horvath, Mathew Christopher, Cam Johnson and Charles Anderson.

Preceding the sectional competition, the Troy team took 2nd at the 2020 Dale Keith Wrestling Invitational, which was held at John J. Lukancic Middle Schoolin February.

Students on the Troy Wrestling Team attend William B. Orenic Intermediate School and Troy Middle School, which are Troy Community School District 30-C schools.