Wrestling: Batavia’s Joel Shump stays perfect at UEC meet
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media January 19, 2013 8:10PM
Metea Valley’s Breon Hoosier puts Lake Park’s Henry Stoever to the mat during the 170-pound title bout at the UEC meet Saturday. Hoosier won the match. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:56AM
Batavia’s Joel Shump became a two-time Upstate Eight Conference wrestling champion on Saturday and improved his season record to a perfect 34-0 at 126 pounds.
But with the postseason now looming, Shump sees the bigger picture.
“I feel great right now but everyone is 0-0 when it comes to regionals in two weeks, so I’ll have to be ready to step on the line,” Shump said.
In one of the wildest matches of the day, Shump pinned South Elgin’s Cory Pych (26-5) on the title mat at 126 pounds, after the two engaged in a handful of wild scrambles.
Shump led 13-4 when he finally got Pych to his back.
“(Pych) is long, he keeps his legs back and he keeps in good position,” Shump said. “It was hard to get in and finish my shots on him.”
Host Batavia finished fourth in team points with 145.5, behind St. Charles East (230), Neuqua Valley (154) and Metea Valley (146).
Jon Wagner (160) also won an individual title with a 6-1 decision over St. Charles East’s Brad Kearbey. The Bulldogs got seconds from Mickey Watson (195) and Mitchell Krusz (285) and thirds from Mike Doranski (106) and Connor McKeehan (220).
Geneva’s Brad Martens won his second UEC title with a 7-2 title-mat decision over Neuqua Valley’s Justin Killacky at 120 pounds and improved to 31-4 in the process.
“I’m really happy with bottom (position) right now. Nobody’s ridden me out yet this year and that’s a good sign,” Martens said. “I like being on my feet and I feel good riding guys as well.”
Geneva’s Jake Boser placed second at 182 for Geneva.
Breon Hoosier (21-2) became the second UEC champ in Metea Valley’s three-year varsity history when he won 13-7 on the title mat at 170 over Lake Park’s Henry Stoever.
“I beat (Stoever) with a last-second takedown the last time we wrestled and there was talk about how he was going to come back and beat me,” Hoosier said. “I just stayed focused and didn’t let that happen. I felt like once I got a sweep single, I could finish it on him.”
Kenan Carter (138) placed second for the Mustangs, who also got thirds from Alex Toepfer (152) and Ahren Marmolejo (160).
Anthony Touchstone (25-6) brought home a title for Waubonsie Valley, beating top-seeded Wes Posholk (23-4) of St. Charles North on the title mat at 220. Second-seeded Touchstone was the only non-top seed in the tournament to win an individual title.
“I watched him wrestle earlier today and all I saw him do were underhooks, so I just had to stay out of those and make sure I didn’t get tossed,” Touchstone said.
Jimmy Davis (132) and Howard Beatty (145) finished second for the Warriors and Anthony Napolitano (195) placed third.