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'Flyin' Hawaiian' one of six regional champs for Central

Logan Tullock
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 2, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 3, 2019 2:47 am

MACOMB, Ill. -- Central wrestling coach Kasey Monroe figured his team should do well at the Class 1A Macomb Regional on Saturday, and the Panthers didn't disappoint.

Four wrestlers who were the top seeds in their weight classes won titles, and No. 2 seed Chayse Houston improved to 18-2 with a championship at 138 pounds.

The Panthers, however, got a spark from Logan Tullock, who was unseeded at 170 pounds and had an 18-22 record entering the tournament.

Tullock, who Monroe calls "the Flyin' Hawaiian" because he's of Polynesian descent, pinned Pittsfield's Zane Phillips, the third seed, in 5:50 to win his opening match, then pinned West Hancock's Chris Taylor in 5:20 in a semifinal. Tullock pinned top-seeded V.J. Lane of Macomb in 5:08 in the championship match.

"We were really jacked up to see him win," Monroe said. "He had a five- or six-match losing streak going into the QND Tournament (last weekend), but he picked up a couple of upsets, and that got his mojo going."

A tactical move by Monroe also helped. Tullock typically wrestles at 160 pounds, but Monroe thought he might fare better at the higher weight class.

"We decided to roll the dice," he said. "I was nervous in his first match (against Phillips) because he lost to him 5-1 earlier this season, but then he stuck him. That's when we knew we made the right move."

Zach Foote improved to 37-2 at 113 pounds by pinning Macomb's Gage Hoyt in 1:10 in his title match. Conner Hughes improved his record to 38-2 by pinning Macomb's Destanie Mowen in 3:20 at 120 pounds.

Evan Myers (34-7) won the 132-pound championship, scoring a 6-0 decision over Illini West's Lance Belshaw. Houston defeated the top seed in the 138-pound division, Beardstown's Lalo Munoz, 9-3 in his title match. Clayton Boehler (33-4) decisioned Macomb's Caden Green 7-3 to win the 152-pound championship.

Trevor Rutledge finished second for Central at 285. The Panthers finished second to Macomb in the team standings because the Bombers fielded a full lineup, while Central had no wrestlers in four weight classes.

"We were pretty happy with today," Monroe said. "We would have been disappointed had we not finished in the top three."

Pittsfield had four wrestlers reach the finals -- Noah Booth (126), Blaine Dell (182), Elliott Fox (195) and Nate Hoover (220) -- but all of them were beaten in the championship match.

Illini West had two second-place finishers -- Belshaw and Santos Castillo, who lost to Macomb's Chris Medina for the championship at 160 pounds.

Quincy Notre Dame had one champion. Curtis Steinkamp defeated Beardstown's Jhobany Grageda 5-1 in the title match at 106 pounds.

Team Standings

Macomb 209, Central 171, Beardstown 161, Pittsfield 97, Quincy Notre Dame 62.5, Illini West 44, Jacksonville ISD/ISVI 19, West Hancock 19.

Championship Matches

106--Curtis Steinkamp (QND) d. Jhobany Grageda (B) 5-1

113--Zach Foote (C) p. Gage Hoyt (M) 1:10

120--Conner Hughes (C) p. Destanie Mowen (M) 3:20

126--Hunter Protsman (M) d. Noah Booth (P) 10-7

132--Evan Myers (C) d. Lance Belshaw (IW) 6-0

138--Chayse Houston (C) d. Lalo Munoz (B) 9-3

145--Alexis Gil (B) d. Tristen Protsman (M) 5-3

152--Clayton Boehler (C) d. Caden Green (M) 7-3

160--Chris Medina (M) p. Santos Castillo (IW) 5:45

170--Logan Tullock (C) p. V.J. Lane (M) 5:08

182--Christian Zuniga (B) p. Blaine Dell (P) 2:56

195--Jesiah Bradshaw (M) d. Elliott Fox (P) 5-4

220--Chad Grimm (B) p. Nate Hoover (P) 4:41

285--Lucas Shelby (B) p. Trevor Rutledge (C) 2:54