CHAMPAIGN — Upsets, school history and another steady showing from Washington wrestlers were are all a part of the Class 2A portion in the second day of the individual state wrestling tournament Friday at State Farm Center.

Washington moved five of its six semifinalists on to Saturday’s title matches. Joey Cape (120 pounds), Jared Head (160) and Jace Punke (195) will each make return trips to championship bouts, and will be joined by first-timers Zeke Hulet (132) and Brody Norman (126).

Leo Mushinsky became the first Notre Dame wrestler to reach a state title bout, as the No. 2 ranked unbeaten Irish senior (44-0) won his 152-pound semifinal 4-2 against unranked Zeke Waltz of Jerseyville Jersey.

Abe Hinrichsen, who finished second as a freshman, was the only Panther to drop a semifinal when the sophomore suffered a second-period pin in a match he led 4-2 at one point.

“All these other guys really picked up Abe and made sure he knows what to do next,” said Punke, a returning champ who won 10-3 in his 195-pound semifinal. “The other guys looked past that loss and went out and wrestled great. We all just came together and put it together today.”

Cape started Washington’s winning ways with a 6-0 victory against No. 5 Brad Ritter of Chicago St. Patrick at 120.

Norman followed with a defensive 1-0 victory over Notre Dame junior Tristan Daugherty. Both wrestlers fought off each other’s attacks all match, with Norman scoring an escape in the second for the only point.

Hulet (34-15) pulled off the upset of the day with a 3-2 ultimate tiebreaker victory against No. 1 ranked Sincere Bailey of Thornton Fractional North (35-2). Hulet scored an escape for the win.

“At the beginning of the preaseason, I broke my collar bone and was out for like two months,” Hulet said. “I knew if i kept my work ethic up and just kept going, I’d eventually make it. I just felt like I could keep (working) in those situations (like the overtimes) more than other kids.”

Head (47-1) bettered No. 5 Cam Nesbit of Champaign Centennial 7-2, using a reversal in the second period to ignite his offense after a scoreless first.

“I knew he was going to come out really defensive and try not to let me score points, so I just stayed with the game plan and didn’t get flustered and scored point when I could and kept it a winnable match.”

Mushinsky scored a reversal and a takedown to make school history.

“It’s something that’s long overdue,” Mushinsky said of an ND wrestler making the finals. “Great program I’m working at. Getting that reversal early in the second was huge, because I knew it was going to be a close match.”

Morton senior Drew Greenwood kept his medal hopes alive with a 19-12 decision over Bryce Christians of Dixon at 145.

“It feels awesome,” said Greenwood, who edged Christians in overtime last week at the sectional. “I have some history with that kid and I just decided to get after it.”

Peoria High sophomore Tyson Heerman also came back to win in wrestlebacks, getting an escape early in the third period for a 3-2 win over Makail Stanley of Argenta-Oreana.

In 3A, Pekin junior Jared Dowell jumped to an early lead and held on for a 7-5 win in wrestlebacks in a quest to become the Dragons' first 3A medalist.

Stan Morris can be reached at 686-3214 or Follow him on Twitter @stanmorrispjs

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