Grappler wins once at Class 2A tournament

Bryan Veginski
Trying to gain leverage: Morton freshman Jacob Rudd, in black, competes in 103 pounds Friday night against eventual champion KeVon Powell of Lombard Montini in the Illinois High School Association Class 2A wrestling state final.

Jacob Rudd’s first state experience should prove valuable for future endeavors.

The Morton freshman went 1-2 over the weekend in 103 pounds in the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state final at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

Rudd (27-6) won once Friday before a defeat in wrestlebacks Saturday morning. All his matches were against state-ranked foes.

In the first 2A bout of the day Friday morning, Rudd claimed a 4-0 decision against Michael Harris of Belleville Althoff.

Harris was rated 10th in 2A Feb. 10 by Illinois Matmen in 103, while Rudd was listed eighth.

In the quarterfinals, Rudd suffered a third-period technical fall against Lombard Montini’s KeVon Powell.

Powell, Illinois Matmen’s No. 1 wrestler, claimed the state championship Saturday night.

After Powell won in the semifinals, Rudd was given another opportunity in wrestlebacks.

Yorkville’s Adam Wyeth won a 9-4 decision over the Potter athlete on the way to nabbing third-place honors.

Wyeth was fourth in Illinois Matmen’s individual rankings.

Rudd, guided by Morton head coach Ed Henderson, won the Urbana Invitational, Mid-Illini Conference and Washington Regional titles this season.