From the opening bout, it became clear every point would be a battle for the Geneseo wrestlers during the 2A IHSA state tourney.

From the opening bout, it became clear every point would be a battle for the Geneseo wrestlers during the 2A IHSA state tourney.

Washington eliminated the Maple Leafs 36-30 in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, held at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Panthers compiled eight wins in the match adding an additional 12 bonus points along the way, and ending Geneseo’s two-year run of returning with a state trophy.

“These guys did everything they needed to do just like they have the last couple of years,” Geneseo coach Jon Murray said. “It’s just a different draw this time. I’m proud of them. The result doesn’t have anything to do with how proud I am of these guys.”

With the match beginning at weight class 152, the Maple Leafs’ Joey Medina gutted out a 6-3 decision in triple overtime.

With the match tied at three at the end of the third period, Medina and his opponent spent the first two overtime periods at a stalemate.

In the third overtime period, Medina escaped Kyle Goin and finished the period with a take down.

“The whole week we had the mind-set we wanted to shock the world,” Medina said. “We were the underdog in this match so we wanted to be the team who showed their will the whole meet, and we fought as hard as we could.”

Geneseo’s strongest stretch of the lineup faced a dogfight in every match against a Washington team regarded as the second best team in the state of Illinois.

State individual medalist Josiah Cropp (160) was defeated in a 9-0 decision, and Cole Hunzeker (170) was toppled by technical fall 16-0.

Ryan Pitra jump started the Leafs with a 2-0 decision at 182, and Justin Scott (192) gave From the opening bout, it became clear every point would be a battle for the Geneseo wrestlers during the 2A IHSA state tourney.

Washington eliminated the Maple Leafs 36-30 in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, held at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Saturday, Feb. 28.

The Panthers compiled eight wins in the match adding an additional 12 bonus points along the way, and ending Geneseo’s two-year run of returning with a state trophy.

“These guys did everything they needed to do just like they have the last couple of years,” Geneseo coach Jon Murray said. “It’s just a different draw this time. I’m proud of them. The result doesn’t have anything to do with how proud I am of these guys.”

With the match beginning at weight class 152, the Maple Leafs’ Joey Medina gutted out a 6-3 decision in triple overtime.

With the match tied at three at the end of the third period, Medina and his opponent spent the first two overtime periods at a stalemate.

In the third overtime period, Medina escaped Kyle Goin and finished the period with a take down.

“The whole week we had the mind-set we wanted to shock the world,” Medina said. “We were the underdog in this match so we wanted to be the team who showed their will the whole meet, and we fought as hard as we could.”

Geneseo’s strongest stretch of the lineup faced a dogfight in every match against a Washington team regarded as the second best team in the state of Illinois.

State individual medalist Josiah Cropp (160) was defeated in a 9-0 decision, and Cole Hunzeker (170) was toppled by technical fall 16-0.

Ryan Pitra jump started the Leafs with a 2-0 decision at 182, and Justin Scott (192) gave Geneseo a 12-9 lead with a pin in 2:00.

Lane Akre (220) finished his Geneseo wrestling career with a pin in 2:43 to give the Maple Leafs a 18-9 advantage.

Akre finished third at state back-to-back seasons individually, but the Maple Leafs team bond remains a special memory.

“I’ll remember how everyone came together and how hard everyone worked,” Akre said. “We all supported each other. It was a special kind of atmosphere which was awesome.”

Washington retook control quickly, Cole Howard was pinned in 1:34 at weight class 285.

Charlie Schlindwein (106) was defeated by technical fall 24-9, and the Panthers regained the lead 20-18.

The Maple Leafs’ Antonio “Tumbo” Tumbarello (113) lost his match by major decision 14-4.

Geneseo’s Jacob McBride (120) was pinned by four-time state champion Elijah Oliver

in 1:03.

Seemingly inches away from landing a pin several times, the Leafs’ Jon Warner (126) fell in a close 4-3 decision.

Geneseo’s Clayton Kennedy had another tough luck defeat at 132 falling in a 10-8 decision.

Individual state champion, Hunter Grau (138) was a winner by forfeit for the Leafs.

At 145, Geneseo’s Ethan Kennedy was a winner

by forfeit.

Geneseo finished the dual season with a 20-2 dual record with a third consecutive state appearance.

Washington would reach the 2A state championship, but was defeated by Montini.

It was the seventh straight 2A state title for Montini defeating Washington 34-25 in the state championship match.