The Maple Leafs’ Carson Raya and Bruce Moore each punched their ticket to the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) wrestling frosh/soph state finals.

The Maple Leafs’ Carson Raya and Bruce Moore each punched their ticket to the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) wrestling frosh/soph state finals.

A sophomore, Moore earned his second IWCOA state trip and Raya will make his first competing as a freshman.

Moore finished runner-up in the 138-pound bracket, and Raya finished fourth in the 101-pound bracket during the Sterling Sectional on March 3.

Bothered by an elbow injury, Moore advanced to the finals with a victory by decision in the semifinal round, but Orion’s Allen Catour earned the title after Moore pulled out with an injury default.

After getting his elbow examined later, Moore discovered his elbow was broken, and he will not be able to compete at state.

Moore won his opening round match with a pin in three minutes, and he won his quarterfinal match by decision 5-1.

Raya was defeated in the quarterfinal match but rallied his way through the wrestlbacks to reach the third-place match.

Raya won first consolation match by pin in one minute, and he won by major decision 11-2 to reach the semifinal round.

With a state berth on the line, Raya finished the semifinal match with a pin in 4:18.

He was defeated in a tight third-place match 3-0.

Geneseo’s Clay DeBaillie reached the 138 quarterfinal match before being eliminated, and Harrison Neumann represented the Maple Leafs in the 160-pound bracket.

The Geneseo wrestlers advanced to the IWCOA state finals at the Bank of Springfield Center, in Springfield starting on March 9.