Wrestling Notebook: Plano comes up big in dual meet win
BY GARY LARSEN For Sun-Times Media December 5, 2012 5:28PM
Waubonsie Valley's Howard Beatty battles Plainfield Central's Ryan Holzrichter during last season's regional. Beatty won the 145-pound title Saturday at the Stagg tournament. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:09AM
The Class 1A wrestling program at Plano put a feather in its cap with Saturday’s dual meet win over Class 2A Kaneland, in a match that couldn’t have played out more evenly.
The Reapers and Knights split 7-7 in matches and tied 34-34 at dual’s end.
Plano was given a 35-34 win based on the fifth criteria tiebreaker, a 4-3 edge in combined pins and forfeit wins.
“We wrestled great,” Plano coach Joe Kampf said. “We still have things to work on but I couldn’t be prouder of the way we wrestled. Just to beat a 2A team felt great.
“It was a good matchup and I look forward to our meets this week leading up to our Reaper Classic tournament at home this weekend.”
The Reapers also beat Lemont 46-27 on Saturday and are now 6-2 in dual meets. Derrick Maisonet (220), Killian Murphy (152), Wes Brown (160), Jake Wilson (106), and Steven Cordray (195) each went 2-0 on Saturday.
Waubonsie Valley competes at Stagg
Coach Brad Caldwell’s squad placed fourth in the 12-team field at Stagg on Saturday, with tournament champion Howard Beatty (145) leading a charge of nine medal winners for the Warriors.
“It was a good day,” Caldwell said. “We had two open weight classes but still managed to place fourth.”
Crown Point, Ind., won the team title with 267 points, followed by Bradley Bourbonnais with 197. Lincoln-Way East (150) finished third ahead of Waubonsie Valley (112).
Beatty won 8-4 over Bradley’s Greg Nagel to win his title, while teammate Anthony Touchstone (220) lost a hard-fought, 7-6 decision on the title mat against Andrew’s Stu Landin.
The Warriors also got a pair of third-place finishes from Jimmy Davis (138) and Mitch Kroening (170).
So far against Upstate Eight Conference opponents, Waubonsie Valley won 54-15 in a dual meet against rival Metea Valley and 57-19 over South Elgin.
“We’ve won both of our conference duals so far and we’ve had wrestlers show glimpses of great things,” Caldwell said. “We just need to become more consistent in our technique and focus.”
Marmion keeps rolling
Marmion traveled to Ohio state power Bishop-Moeller Saturday and went 4-0 in dual meets against Ohio schools, winning 46-22 over Westerville North, 36-24 over Loveland, 33-24 over Oregon Clay and 43-24 over Marysville.
The Class 3A Cadets are currently ranked fourth in Illinois by Illinois Best Weekly and will compete this coming weekend in one of the premier high school wrestling events in the country, the 50-plus team Ironman Tournament, hosted by Walsh Jesuit high school in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.