The Morton wrestling team will be represented this week in Champaign.

For the first time since 2011, the Potters had an individual qualify for the IHSA Class 2A state finals.

The Morton wrestling team will be represented this week in Champaign.

For the first time since 2011, the Potters had an individual qualify for the IHSA Class 2A state finals.

After barely missing a berth last year, senior Gabe Pleasants left no doubt this year.

Pleasants (38-2) stayed undefeated in the postseason with a 10-2 major decision over Geneseo’s Joey Medina in the championship match at 152 pounds in the Sterling Sectional.

The Morton athlete in the previous two weeks won Mid-Illini Conference and Metamora Regional titles under the direction of second-year head coach Josh Prichard.

Pleasants slipped past Collin Groleau of LaSallePeru 3-2 in the quarterfinals before a 5-2 decision over Sterling’s Nicolas Terronez.

Pleasants became the first Potter since Vince Hill at 119 four years ago to earn a state wrestling bid.

Cliff Yerby (26-13) , a Morton junior, also participated. He went 0-2 at 138 in his first sectional.

State: Classes 1A, 2A and 3A begin competition Thursday at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.

The 2A preliminaries are scheduled to begin at about 3 p.m. Thursday.

The opening-round match for Pleasants is against Mason Lee of Highland.

Pleasants was ranked No. 9 last week at 152 and Lee 12th by Illinois Matmen.

The winner will face either Jaelen Pate of Richton Park Rich South or Woodstock Marian’s fourth-ranked Nick Remke.

Each of the 2A 152 wrestlers rated in the top nine made it to state.

Session 2 (quarterfinals) starts at about 11 a.m. Friday for 2A. The semifinals are set for 7 p.m. Friday in Session 3.

The start of the grand march, followed by the championship matches, occurs at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Session 5.

The top-six finishers in the 14 weight classes will receive medals.