Williams to compete Saturday at wrestling semi-state
Sullivan sophomore Kenton Williams is just two wins from advancing to the state finals. Conversely, he is just one loss away from having a stellar season come to an end.
Williams will be competing in the 220-pound weight class on Saturday at the Evansville Semi-state at the Ford Center.
Williams, who was Western Indiana Conference and sectional champion and regional runner-up, has won 26 of 32 matches.
His first-round opponent will be Jayden Williams of Avon. The junior has a 22-6 mark.
If Williams wins his first match, he would have to defeat the winner of junior Jacob Bolte of Columbus East (28-7) vs. Heritage Hills junior Wyatt Keller (35-18).
“I think the draw is doable for Kenton,” said Sullivan coach Roy Monroe. “It is set up for him to be able to win two and get to Friday night (Feb. 16 at the state finals).
“I feel like if he can win the first one, he will win the second one.”
Monroe said he has made some calls to find out things about his first-round opponent.
“I’ve heard he is an average wrestler who does not have a big gas tank,” said Monroe. “He likes to pin his opponents early.
“We have been working with Kenton the last two months to develop a third period gas tank. Kenton is a little younger, but I think he will be ready to go.”
Roy said Williams’ first two opponents are a good matchup.
“Kenton just has to stay focused,” said Monroe. “They are all about the same caliber wrestlers.
“We have tried to approach the semi-state with the mindset of this being just another tournament. We have tried to instill in him since the sectional that this is just the next step on the ladder. He is fully on board.”
No matter what happens, Monroe see a bright future for Williams, who is completing his first full varsity season after a broken leg sidelined his freshman year.
“To be honest, Kenton has surprised me a little this year,” said Monroe. “He has really taken the technique that we have been teaching in the room.
“He is a pretty level-headed kid and does not get out of control. If he can stay under control and keep things tight, then he can drop the hammer in the third period. I can see some great things to come for Kenton.”
Competition will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Cost is $10.
Notes: Monroe said he is fine after passing out near the end of the Bloomington South Regional on Feb. 3 and having to miss Kenton’s championship match.
“They said my potassium level was low and my blood pressure was low, which caused me to pass out,” said Roy. “I have been fighting high blood pressure and they have been giving me a diuretic.
“The room went all black after I sat down next to you, and that was all she wrote. I think it affected Kenton because I was on the floor and couldn’t be on the mat coaching. But I feel fine now and look forward to being back at the semi-state.”