Belleville West senior DeMechico Spraggins earned a third trip to the title match while David Frazier of Cahokia and Tanner Farmer of Highland also earned trips to the final by winning semifinal bouts Friday at the IHSA state wrestling tournament in Champaign.
Second in state as both a freshman and sophomore, Spraggins defeated Cullen Cummings of Downers Grove South 8-4 in a 138-pound weight class semifinal to lead the way for local grapplers at Assembly Hall.
"Total domination,'' West coach Al Sears said. "Cummings beat Mech earlier this year and Mech went out and dominated the kid tonight from the outset.''
Farmer again will make history in the finals. After clinching the fact he will be the Bulldogs first-ever wrestling medalist earlier in the day, Farmer became Highland's first state finalist with a 3-0 semifinal win over Lavontay Cobb of (Chicago) King in the Class 2A 285-pound weight class.
Also making the finals was Frazier, who pinned Mike Kozyra of (Oak Park) Fenwick in the Class 2A 160-pound weight class.
Three other local wrestlers -- Blake Blair of Edwardsville (Class 3A, 195) class and Class 1A wrestlers Michael Harris of Althoff (132) and Kevin Roper of Carlyle (220) dropped their semifinal bouts.
The Grand March is set for 6 p.m. tonight at the Assembly Hall, with finals in all three weight classes to follow.
While two metro-east wrestlers in both Class 2A and Class 3A assured themselves of medals, it was a history-making day for both Spraggins and Farmer in the quarterfinals.
With his 5-0 win over Curtis Lilly of Sterling, Farmer clinched himself a medal
Spraggins, meanwhile, added another accomplishment in a sensational career as he moved into the semifinals for the fourth straight year and clinched a fourth state medal.
Spraggins becomes just the second wrestler from Belleville to earn four state wrestling medals. Former Althoff wrestler Aaron Winning earned state medals from 2002-2006.
But Spraggins was put to the test in his quarterfinal, as he edged Sal Annoreno of Bartlett by a score of 5-3.
Annoreno was the 132-pound state champion a year ago.
West coach Al Sears said the match didn't live up to its billing as a meeting of two of Illinois' top wrestlers.
"In all honesty, it wasn't a close match at all. Mech dominated the kid,'' Sears said. "We gave him two points by letting him up and there were a couple of times when Mech looked like he was going to score again, but just missed.
"He looks really good like he has for the past two weeks. He's moving well, he's aggressive and he's really going after his opponents. I mean, he just beat a defending state champion, and it really wasn't close.''
A state runner-up a year ago, Blair clinched a second state medal by beating Cody Snodgrass of (Aurora) Marmion Academy 5-3 in his quarterfinal.
Frazier, who placed fourth at 152 a year ago, defeated Mike Zalesco of Crystal Lake South 8-1 in his 160-pound Class 2A quarterfinal.
Roper, a three-time state qualifier, also moved close to making history with his 16-9 win over Brandon Webb of Seneca.
A semifinal win by Roper would give Carlyle its first state medal winner. Carlyle started its program just three years ago.
Harris, also winding down a superb prep career, moved a match away from a medal by beating Jeff Yacab of (Chicago) Gordan Tech by technical fall in 5 minutes, 42 seconds.
Althoff freshman Jarrid Braunagel and Belleville East sophomore Matt Striegel and Belleville West junior Nate Higgins were among those who lost in the quarterfinals.
Braunagel won his Class 1A 113-pound wrestleback and Higgins won his consolation round bout at 152, but Striegel was eliminated when he lost his Class 3A 160-pound match.
Other local quarterfinal losers included Class 2A wrestlers Cole Wysocki (120) of Triad and Leslie Williams (120) of Cahokia, SirRomeo Howard (145) of East St. Louis and Pat Bieber (182) of Waterloo.
O'Fallon junior Jon Villagran (120) lost in the quarterfinals.
Second-round wrestlebacks were held Friday night with action resuming at Assembly Hall at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Third-through-sixth-place matches will be held beginning at 1 p.m. with the title matches set for 6:30 p.m.