All four Robinson High School wrestlers that competed at the IHSA Class 1 Vandalia Sectional won at least one match over the weekend, but when the dust settled, only one was left standing.
RHS senior Jeff Hermann is the last man standing for the Maroons, as he advanced to this weekend's state finals by finishing second in the 145-pound division at Vandalia.
Hermann (37-5) received a bye in the quarterfinals by virtue of being a Regional champion, then he won his first match by pin over Mt. Zion's Reagan Mason in 2:15. In the semifinals, Hermann was able to pin Rochester's Jack Bruso at the 4:48 mark, but then came up short to Belleville Althoff's Anthony Federico by technical fall, 20-5, but he still did enough to punch his ticket to state, as the top four placers in each weight class move on.
Meanwhile, Elliott Stifle went 2-2 at 120, while Nick Eby and Austin Hargrave each went 1-2 at 182 and 195, respectively.
Stifle started the tournament with a pin of Litchfield's Brady Davidson, then lost to Anna-Jonesboro's Arojae Hart (10-2) before bouncing back with a pin over Taylorville's Gage Rusher. However, Stifle was eliminated in the next round, losing an 11-7 decision to Vandalia's Cutter Prater, bringing Stifle's season record to 27-11.
At 182, Eby was pinned in 43 seconds of his first match, then came back to score a 6-4 win over Litchfield's Dylan Maxwell before losing 6-0 to David Meyer of Vandalia to end his season with a 25-19 record..
At 195, Hargrave won his opening match by pinning Roxana's Tayson Gager in just 19 seconds. However, he was pinned in his next to matches to bring his final season record to 25-16.
2020 IHSA Class 1A Wrestling Sectional
At Vandalia High School
120 - Elliott Stifle (R) pinned Brady Davidson (Litchfield) 3:34; major dec. by Arojae Hart (Anna-Jonesboro) 10-2; pinned Gage Rusher (Taylorville) 1:54; dec. by Cutter Prater (Vandalia) 11-7.
145 - Jeff Hermann (R) pinned Reagan Mason (Mt. Zion) 2:15; pinned Jack Bruso (Rochester) 4:48; tech. fall by Anthony Federico (Belleville Althoff) 20-5. (2nd place)
182 - Nick Eby (R) pinned by Drew Killam (Auburn) :43; dec. Dylan Maxwell (Litchfield) 6-4; dec. by David Meyer (Vandalia) 6-0.
195 - Austin Hargrave (R) pinned Tayson Gager (Roxana) :19; pinned by Reese Edwards (Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin) 2:58; pinned by John Coates (Herrin) 3:44.