Geneseo has seven individuals reach sectionals
You mean regional champion, Luke Henkhaus.
A freshman, Geneseo's Henkhaus was the surprise of the regional upseting the top seed in the 106-pound title match to earning a 3-0 decision at the Class 2A Geneseo Regional on Feb. 4.
“He’s proven to us every match that he's getting better and better,” Geneseo Coach Jon Murray said. “We help him realize how good he is by telling him. Then he goes out and proves it back to us.”
The Maple Leafs had nine individuals advance to sectionals.
However, Geneseo’s chance of a return trip the state dual meet was thwarted by regional champion Dixon (The Dukes first title since 1980).
The Leafs’ Henkhaus and Zach Humphrey earned regional crowns.
Sam Thomas, Joe Stohl and Andrew Rizzo all finished runner-up for Geneseo.
The Leafs’ Charlie Schlindwein and Ethan Kennedy finished in third place.
Humphrey cruised his way to the title round earning a pin in 45 seconds in the semifinal match at 220 pounds.
A senior, Humphrey was dominated in the title match winning with a 13-0 major decision for his second regional crown.
After battling a hand injury this season, Humphrey has continued to meet every challenge.
“It’s been about making sure his conditioning is back and if his mindset is right he can go all the way,” Murray said.
Geneseo’s Thomas and Dixon’s Ryan Troutman had another battled to be remembered in the 285-pound championship match.
After Thomas had topped Troutman in Geneseo Invitational, Troutman got his revenge with a 5-3 decision at regionals.
Murray said he thinks the two heavyweights are on a collision course again at sectionals or potentially even at state.
Ranked third in the regional, Stohl upset the No. 2 seeded Cayden Taflinger from Galesburg to reach the championship match at 195 pounds and earn a sectional trip.
Another first-time sectional berth was earned by Geneseo’s Rizzo at 138 pounds.
With a 7-3 record coming into regionals, Rizzo toppled Dixon’s Bryce Christiansen (29-12) by major decision 15-5 to earn a spot in the championship bout and advance to sectionals.
With two of the weight classes top 10 individuals competing in the regional bracket, Schlindwein had to fight his way to third place at 126 pounds.
Schlindwein won the third place match with a 15-9 decision.
After falling in his first match, Kennedy fought his way through the back draw to a third place spot at 170 pounds.
Kennedy made the most of the third place bout winning by pin in 1:27.
Geneseo’s next matches will be on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Class 2A Sterling Sectional.