CHAMPAIGN -- Adarios Jones refuses to rest on the result.|
Starting today, a new goal begins.
A 3-2 win over Thornton Fractional South senior Corinthian McBridge in the Class 3A 285-pound third-place bout on Saturday gave way to a slight celebration by Jones at the Assembly Hall. Once the moment ended, though, the Moline junior wrestler said it was time to get back to work.
"Third place means there are two more spots I need to get," Jones said. "I'm working this summer to get that. I'm going to come back harder next year. I'm going to come back and give it all I've got."
As he moves forward, Jones has reason to be further motivated. Three wins on Saturday gave Jones (47-3) the single-season program record for victories. He also earned Moline's first state medal since 2004.
Entering the state meet as a third-place sectional finisher, Jones exited Assembly Hall with a third-place finish in one of the deepest brackets in Class 3A.
"I know I'm going to be one of the top heavyweights next year," Jones said.
All he could talk about was next year. As soon as the medal was placed around his neck, next year started.
"I need to work harder," said Jones, who won his consolation quarterfinal and semifinal by decision. "Third place means a lot, but first place is in the viewpoint. That's all I want."
After losing in the Class 2A semifinals, Geneseo 170-pound junior Brandon Mizlo dropped both consolation bouts to finish sixth.
Mizlo suffered an 11-1 loss to Rock Island's Michael Cole in the fifth-place bout.
"It feels great to be an all-stater," Mizlo said. "All the competition was really tough, but I'm confident I did my best."
Erie-Prophetstown senior Brandon McCullough came back from a quarterfinal loss on Friday morning to finish fourth in the Class 1A 106-pound bracket. McCullough dropped his finale, 5-1 to West Hancock's Will Lucie.Included in the fourth-place run was a 6-3 win over Sherrard's Hunter Spengler in the consolation quarterfinal. McCullough earned his first-ever state medal.
"This feels wonderful," McCullough said. "It would have been nice to get third, but being fourth in the state is nothing to hang your head on."
Ben Corlett took fifth without having to wrestle a final bout. The Sherrard 285-pound junior dropped a 6-4 overtime decision to Wilmington's Derrick Romano in the Class 1A consolation semifinals. Corlett's fifth-place match opponent -- Bismarck-Henning's Morgan Supergan -- was ejected after his semifinal loss.
The disqualification automatically gave Corlett the fifth-place medal.
"That obviously is a big accomplishment, and I should be happy with that," Corlett said. "At the same time, I can't be complacent. I'm definitely going to look back at these two losses and think about them every single day."
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