O'Fallon Progress

OTHS grappler wins Alton sectional

O’Fallon wrestler Jack Bond puts a hold on an opponent during a match on Dec. 7 at Collinsville High School. Bond won the Alton Sectional last weekend to punch his ticket to the state tournament in Champaign.
O’Fallon wrestler Jack Bond puts a hold on an opponent during a match on Dec. 7 at Collinsville High School. Bond won the Alton Sectional last weekend to punch his ticket to the state tournament in Champaign. mbraa@bnd.com

O’Fallon Township High School senior Jack Bond won the 170-pound weight class at the IHSA Class 3A Sectional held at Alton High School over the weekend.

Bond, who advanced to the sectional by winning the Quincy Regional a week prior, improved his record to 41-3 heading into the State Tournament this weekend at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Bond’s opening round match at state will be against Collin Rosenberg (21-13), a senior from Wheaton North High School. A time and mat assignment had yet to be posted as of press time.

Bond received a bye in the first round of the sectional tournament.

In the second round, Bond scored an 14-6 major decision over Chris Wilder (30-13), a senior from Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort. Wilder had advanced to the second round by defeating Daniel Caldwell (32-18), a senior from Plainfield South, by decision, 8-7.

In the semifinal, Bond took on Jacob Boumans (40-7), a junior from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. Bond won the match by a 3-2 decision. Boumans had also received a first-round bye and advanced to the semifinal by pinning Alec Dufour (29-15) of Minooka in 3:51.

In the championship bout, Bond took on Jonathan Pullen (41-4), a senior from Joliet West High School.

Pullen’s route to the championship match included an opening round pin of Jared Dowell (22-11), a sophomore from Pekin; a 5-4 decision over Thaddeus Nartey, a senior from Normal Community in the second round; and an 18-4 major decision over Kyle Quinn (34-11), a senior from Lincoln-Way West, in the semifinal.

Bond own the final match over Pullen in overtime, 5-3.

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