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Hooper wins 3 at State, Finishes 6th, and Makes History

Contrary to a previous story, Taylorville High School Senior Blake Hooper had several more matches in the 285-pound class at the Class 2A State Tournament on Saturday. Hooper defeated Joe Blitstein of Vernon Hills in the first round of the Wrestleback and then Josue Carias of Chicago in the Quarterfinal Wrestleback match on a 5-2 decision to win his second match at State. Hooper would then fall to Nick Verbeck of Geneseo in the Wrestleback Semi-final and Adam Freimund of Harvard in the 5th place match thus giving Hooper a 6th place finish at State. Hooper also made history as he became the first Taylorville High School wrestler to win multiple matches at the State Tournament. Hooper finishes the individual season at 39-8.

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