Plano’s Weslye Brown begins bid for third straight state medal

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CHAMPAIGN — Weslye Brown wasn’t feeling great in a few different ways on Thursday.

The Plano senior opened his bid for a third state wrestling medal by beating Tremont’s Cole Lenington 6-3 in a Class 1A preliminary bout at State Farm Center. It moved Brown to 44-1 this season, but didn’t make him happy.

“That was a real bad match I wrestled,” said Brown, who has been dealing with a nagging rib injury suffered in practice during sectional week. “I wasn’t offensive enough to win the match. I won, but it wasn’t anything what I expected.”

Brown has an extra sense of urgency about adding another medal to the third he won in 2012 and the fourth he earned last year.

An All-State pick in football for the Reapers, he plans to concentrate on that sport at the next level.

“I want make a statement always,” he said. “But that first match wasn’t a statement.”

Another ranked quarterfinalist is Waubonsie Valley’s Jimmy Davis (41-43), who came from behind to beat Glenbard West’s Pernevlon Sheppard 6-3 at 138 pounds in Class 3A.

Marmion’s Johnny Jimenez (39-3), bidding to become a four-time champion, opened 3A competition with a technical fall in 4:00 at 126.

Also among those advancing in 3A were Marmion’s Anthony Bosco (113), A.J. Jaffe (120) and Trace Carello (152), along with West Aurora’s Isaac Jacquez (113).

Plano’s winners also included Jake Krotzz (106), Shawn Wollenwebber (132), Ivan Lopez (138), Zach Tomac (152), Derrick Maisonet (195) and Juior Nunez (285). Aurora Central Catholic’s Eduardo Gonzalez (285) also reached the 1A quarterfinals.

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