Posted Online: March 04, 2013, 9:26 pm

TRAC-9 wrestling champion Panthers land three first-teamers

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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com

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Erie-Prophetstown standout wrestler Brandon McCullough is this weeks Area Pacesetter for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. McCullough has been one of the area's top 106-pounders all season, winning the 106-pound regional title at Sherrard and having previously won the title at Orion's tough Bob Mitton Invite.
Running the table in the Three Rivers Conference to capture the championship with a perfect 6-0 mark, the Erie-Prophetstown wrestling team did have to settle for runner-up when it came to the number of first-team All-Conference selections.

Only Sterling Newman and its five first-team choices -- a group led by 160-pound Class 1A state champion and league Wrestler of the Year Brian Bahrs -- topped the Panthers and their three first-team All-Conference selections.

Leading E-P's trio was senior 106-pounder Brandon McCullough, who racked up a 39-5 record and advanced to the individual state meet in Champaign, where he placed fourth.

Also earning first-team honors for Erie-Prophetstown were sophomore 113-pounder Josh Bowling (26-11) and junior 170-pounder Nick Williams (12-10), both sectional qualifiers. The Panthers also had six second-team selections and three honorable-mention choices, while head coach Tod McCullough was honored as the TRAC-9's Coach of the Year.

Riverdale, which tied Morrison for second place in the Three Rivers, followed with a pair of first-team honorees in junior 182-pounder Terry White (31-3) and senior 220-pounder Logan Sherman (29-8), both state qualifiers. The Rams also had four honorable-mention picks, plus one second-teamer in 106-pound senior Ruben Garza.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs had one first-teamer in 195-pounder Calvin Harridge, who capped his senior season by going 38-6 and qualifying for state. Morrison also had three second-team choices and a pair of honorable-mention selections.

Kewanee's lone first-teamer was 132-pound senior Mark Breedlove, a state qualifier with a 41-5 record. Fellow state qualifier Bo Walters (126) was a second-team pick with his 31-12 record. The Boilermakers altogether had two second-teamers and one honorable-mention pick.

Fulton's lone All-Conference honoree was 285-pound sophomore Steven Balk, a second-team pick who finished 16-19.