Junior sent to Hall

Bryan Veginski
Headed to the state mats: Morton junior Eric Meyer, in red, reached the Illinois High School Association Class 2A wrestling state final with a runner-up finish Saturday at the LaSalle Sectional. Meyer currently owns a 34-5 record. State action starts Friday morning.

Eric Meyer gets another shot at state glory.

The Morton junior wrestler qualified for the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state tournament.

A second-place finish Saturday in 119 pounds at the LaSalle Sectional earned Meyer a berth in the state field this weekend at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

Meyer (34-5) will make his second career state appearance after going 0-1 as a freshman in 103.

This is the first year of the IHSA’s three-class system for wrestling.

Every bracket consists of 12 wrestlers. All the sectional champions receive byes into the quarterfinals.

Meyer’s first-round opponent will be Gideon Yim of Vernon Hills.

The winner will advance to meet Chicago Fenger’s Paul Stingley.

State action begins for Class 2A at 11 a.m. Friday. Quarterfinals start at about 6 p.m. Friday.

In the Feb. 11 Illinois Matmen 2A state rankings, Meyer was ranked eighth in 119.

The lone loss for Meyer in the sectional was a first-period setback to Joe Roth of Dixon in the final bout.

Roth is undefeated this winter and the No. 1 rated wrestler by Illinois Matmen.

Jaren Glascock (fourth place), Drake Hilliard and Kyle McMurtry also participated at the sectional for Morton.

Glascock missed state qualification by one place after falling to Chris Downey of Ottawa in the third-place tilt.