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Williams loses first match at semi-state

Photo by KRISTI SANDERS: Sullivan's Kenton Williams, right, and Avon's Jayden Williams competed at 220 pounds as part of the Evansville Wrestling Semi-state at the Ford Center on Saturday.

EVANSVILLE — For the second year in a row, Sullivan’s Kenton Williams faced Avon’s Jayden Williams in the first round of the 220-pound weight class at the Evansville Wrestling Semi-state at The Ford Center.
On Saturday, Jayden defeated Kenton 5-3, ending the season for the Sullivan junior.
“For the second straight season, Kenton came up just a little short,” said Sullivan coach Roy Monroe.
“Even though Kenton scored on a penalty point, he fell behind and then gave up a two-point nearfall as he trailed 4-1.
“All he needed was a takedown at the end, but he made his move about 10 seconds too late.”
It was the 30th win for Jayden while Kenton finished the season with a 29-8 record.
In a match to qualify for the state finals, Jayden (30-9) was pinned by Will Steward of South Spencer in the quarterfinals at 1:44.
“We thought we had a chance to beat the kid from Avon and the kid from South Spencer, which would have gotten Kenton to the state,” said Monroe. “But at this level, you cannot afford to make mistakes because they will come back to hurt you.
“Hopefully Kenton will come back even hungrier next season.”
Monroe said he is already looking forward to the 2019-20 season.
“It is hard when you are the only wrestler for your team at the regional and semi-state,” he said. “With our younger wrestlers getting better and having some kids from up from the middle school that have a lot of experience, I am hopeful that we will have more kids and a more competitive room next year.
“But our kids have to realize, preparation for next season starts Monday.”

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