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Williams finishes season with loss at semi-state

By Harold Bosstick
Photos by B.J. HARGIS: Sullivan sophomore Kenton Williams, right, lost a 10-8 decision in the opening round of the wrestling semi-state at the Ford Center in Evansville on Saturday. He finished with a 26-7 record.

EVANSVILLE — Some days you have it and some days you don’t. Saturday was not the day for Sullivan wrestler Kenton Williams.
Competing in the 220-pound weight class, Kenton came up on the short end of a 10-8 score of Jayden Williams of Avon in the opening round of the Evansville Reitz Semi-state at the Ford Center.
“I just was not on it today,” said Williams, who finished his first full season with 26 wins and seven losses. “He was a better wrestler.”
Kenton led 2-0 after the first period, but he gave up a takedown and a near fall and trailed 5-4 going to the third and final period.
Kenton, brother of former SHS wrestler Kell Williams, went back ahead 6-5 after a takedown, his last lead.
“Those back points hurt us,” said Sullivan coach Roy Monroe. “We were a little slow about getting around.
“The locked hands call really got us. That cost us the match.”
Monroe said he knew it was going to be a match that Kenton would have a chance to win.
“Even though the result was not what we had hoped for, we showed that we belong here,” said Monroe. “Kenton is just a sophomore, but broke his leg at the Greencastle Invitational and missed most of his freshman season.
“He had a great season. He is a great kid with great parents.”
Monroe said Kenton’s future on the mat will depend on what he wants to achieve.
“He has gotten a taste of what it takes to compete at this level,” said Monroe. “If he continues to work hard, keep improving his technique and build upon this, he could easily be back here next year with a chance to go to the state finals.
“Hopefully our younger kids also can see what Kenton achieved and know what could be possible for them, too.”

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