Connor Brooker of Putnam County-Hall was crowned champion at 145 pounds in the Metamora wrestling tournament on Dec. 21.
Brooker pinned Auggie Gianaris of Edwardsville at 1:37 and defeated George Smith of Pontiac 9-6 and Owen Farquer of Metamora 3-1 in overtime.
“Connor had a hard-fought day and finished like a champion. A real character test to win a final match in overtime and come out the champ,” PCH coach Jerry Kriewald said.
The Panthers finished 12th of 16 teams. Jesse Lucas (106) and John Davis (220) each finished sixth.
Brooker went 3-1 at the Sterling wrestling tournament, placing second.
Kriewald said Brooker showed “aggressive offense and was always looking to score.”
All six wrestlers for PC-Hall won a match, but Brooker was the only one to place.
At Dixon: The Putnam County Thundercats had their first junior high wrestling tournament of the year. Cayden Bouxsein was crowned champion and wrestled like it, coach Jerry Kriewald said.
Braiden Actis, Baily Herr, Carter Hochstatter and Roman Mack all placed third while Max Chiado took fourth.