Wilhelm lost in the consolation semifinals to Delbarton's Dan Reed after he was pineed at the 5 minute, 15 second mark.
But he cam back later to defeat Matt Barber of Westfield 6-4 to win fifth place.
Wilhelm's dreams of a state title ended in the quarterfinals with a second-period pin loss to Clearview's John VanBrill. After a scoreless first period, VanBrill caught Wilhelm in a cradle and pinned him at 3:00.
Wilhelm advanced in the consolations with a 4-2 overtime victory over Bound Brook's Sean Glasgow. Wilhelm scored the winning points on a takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime.
Wilhelm advanced to the consolation semifinals with a 6-3 decision over Brick Memorial's Alec Donovan.
Wilhelm turned in an impressive performance in the pre-quarterfinals with a second-period pin over Manny Dominguez, of North Bergen. Wilhelm led 2-0 after the first period, but turned and pinned Dominguez at 3:11.
Zach Wilhelm, Southern Regional, Sr. (25-6)
Seed: Bottom bracket No. 3 seed.
Record vs. state qualifiers: 3-1.
Wilhelm’s road to Atlantic City: Won his third District 24 title and his first Region 6 title.
Back points: Wilhelm is making his second career trip to states and his first since he was a freshman and finished eighth in the state. Wilhelm opens with bottom bracket No. 6 seed D.J. Mele of Cherokee. The winner would likely face second-seeded John VanBrill of Clearview Regional.