MONTICELLO — Monticello High School freshman heavyweight Brandon Peters stepped right in for the Sages wrestling squad in his — and the team’s — opener at home on April 29, pinning both his opponents to lead his squad to a split in two matches.

The 2018 State Wrestling finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Saturday, Feb. 17. 2018.

Wrestling prelims from  Class 1A & 2A at the State tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

Centennial, Urbana, Monticello and Mt. Zion in a wrestling quadrangular at Centennial High School on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

The Faces of Winter 2017: Wrestling - Over 250 high school athletes showed up at the News-Gazette photo studio  for the Faces of Winter photo shoot.

Monticello picked up two wins at Bismarck on Thursday, 52-18 over the Blue Devils and 39-38 over Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm.Douglas Nisly-Nagele won both of his bouts at the 138-pound class. The junior won a 7-2 decision against Bismarck-Henning and pinned his opponent against W/G-F in …

Monticello senior Logan Knisley began his quest to the state podium by winning the Class 1A Shelbyville regional 126-pound championship by pinfall Saturday as the Sages advanced eight wrestlers to the individual sectional tournament this weekend.

Monticello wrestling was one team win away against St. Joseph-Ogden from another sweep of the Okaw Valley Conference duals.The Sages came up just short, losing to the Spartans 40-30 on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Every time Logan Knisley takes the mat the rest of this season – his final one as a Monticello senior – he will bump a record number higher and higher.That record? The school record for takedowns in a season.

The Monticello wrestling schedule is a long, demanding challenge year in and year out for the Sages.Injuries pop up, wrestlers fatigue. It can be grueling to compete once or twice during the week and then face the top competition in the state at a weekend tournament.