CHAMPAIGN — A double dose of gold and plenty of silver highlighted the action from Journal Star Class 2A area competitors in Saturday’s medal round of the IHSA individual state wrestling finals.

Washington brought home the gold, with senior Jace Punke earning his second title and sophomore Joey Cape grabbing his first at State Farm Center. The Panthers added a trio of seconds from senior Jared Head (160 pounds) and juniors Brody Norman (126) and Zeke Hulet (132).

Along with a fourth-place finish from sophomore Abe Hinrichsen, Washington has now earned 55 medals since 2009 — including 17 state championships and 19 runner-up finishes.

Notre Dame senior Leo Mushinsky wrapped up an impressive season with a silver medal at 152.

Top-ranked Punke (45-1) took control of his 195-pound title bout early against previously unbeaten No. 2 Mitch Hutmacher of Chatham Glenwood. Punke scored two quick takedowns and allowed only four escapes in the 9-4 victory.

The four-time state medalist used a little advice from his dad for his second championship.

“I saw my dad probably around noon and I didn’t see him again until the (finals). The last thing my dad said to me was ‘pound him with your underhook. Just keep pounding, keep pounding and try to break him,’” Punke said. “So that’s what I knew I had to do. Just don’t give him any air to breathe.”

Cape (46-3) fought off Anthony Shickel of Oak Forest for an 8-6 victory in the 120-pound championship, setting off a jubilant celebration from the Panthers sophomore. Twice Cape fell behind by a point, but he responded with takedowns each time.

“I just remember as a kid coming up to the state tournament watching everybody become state champions,” said Cape, a runner-up last year. “It’s always been a dream of mine, and now it’s reality. It’s just unreal."

Top ranked Dean Hamiti (42-4) of Joliet Catholic used an escape and a takedown in the second period to clip Norman at 126.

“I didn’t wrestle the match I wanted to wrestle,” said Norman (46-5). “He really isolated me and didn’t let me get to what I wanted to get to. He caught me off guard in the second with his takedown, and he’s tough on top."

Hulet (34-16) dropped an 8-4 decision to unbeaten and second-ranked Alex Friddle of Coal City (49-0) in the 132-pound championship. Hulet fell behind 4-1, and two third-period takedowns by Friddle kept the Panthers junior at bay.

“Getting to the finals was one of my main goals,” said the No. 5 ranked Hulet. “Just getting there was a huge accomplishment. It’s been a heck of a tournament.”

Head (47-2), who finished second a year ago, gave up a takedown early and an escape in the second period in a 3-1 loss to No. 2 ranked two-time champ Dylan Connell (49-2) of Woodstock Marian.

Nationally ranked Bilal Bailey (30-1) took control early and handed Mushinsky (45-1) his first loss of the season, a 9-3 decision in the 152-pound title bout.

“I’m satisfied with my senior season,” Mushinsky said. “My game plan, I was set to go out there, and he countered it well. I did the best I could. I’ve wrestled some fantastic competitors, and he’s right up at the top.”

Notre Dame junior Tristan Daugherty battled back from a 1-0 semifinal loss to earn his third consecutive third-place medal. Daugherty (44-3) bettered Kylan Montgomery of Mascoutah 6-2 in the third-place match.

“It definitely stinks to lose a close match like that in the semifinals, but I had to keep my head mentally ready and be ready to wrestle hard the next day to come back for third,” Daugherty said. “I don’t want to finish with third next year, so I’m gonna go work my butt off all summer and offseason and work on all the stuff that didn’t go right this season.”

Pekin junior Jared Dowell became the Dragons’ first 3A state medalist and first medalist of any kind in 18 years, finishing sixth at 195.

“I’m super proud,” Dowell said. “I like to set the expectations really high for the guys coming in, in the future, make them work harder than I do to pass the standards I’m setting for them.”

Dowell (34-7) secured the medal with a 41-second pin in the quarterfinal wrestlebacks before dropping his final two matches.

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