Wrestling: Yorkville falls just short vs. Sycamore
By Steve Nemeth For Sun-Times Media February 19, 2013 10:34PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 11:22PM
ROCHELLE — Led by a trio of the state’s top wrestlers, Sycamore countered Yorkville’s lineup shifts just enough to pull out a 30-28 victory in Tuesday’s Class 2A Rochelle Sectional and end the Foxes’ season just shy of an Elite Eight showing in the dual team tournament.
The Spartans checkmated their fellow Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference foe when Ren Seick was able to pull off a 6-2 victory at 170 pounds over Yorkville’s Tyler Wilkinson, a state qualifier at 160. That decision gave Sycamore a 30-25 lead heading into the final match in which the Foxes’ Bobby Schillinger — the 182-pound sixth-place finisher in last weekend’s individual championships — could only produce a 4-3 decision over Christopher Malone.
However, like any chess match, the finale was a result of several moves early on as the Foxes tried to avenge a 40-21 regular-season dual meet loss to Sycamore.
“We gave them just about everything we could, but just came up a little short,” Yorkville coach Joe Fornell said. “We called on a lot of young guys to step up and they pulled through in so many ways. C.J. (Milliron) was a good example and both Sharps fought hard for wins. A few of our veterans didn’t quite close the deal.”
Sycamore’s Jacob Davis, who finished third at 195, got the Spartans off to a 6-0 start with 2:33 pinfall before Martin Malone was able to post a 10-5 decision for a 9-0 lead.
Yorkville heavyweight Joe Katula took a forfeit win before 106-pounder Tyler Burlington stuck Bryce Hansen in 3:46 to give the Foxes a 12-9 lead. State 113-pound champ Kyle Atkins put the Spartans back on top with his 1:54 pancaking of Nick Mohr.
Then came Milliron’s 11-4 triumph at 120 before Brody Sharp used a third-period escape and takedown for a 3-2 win over Sycamore’s Brandon McGehee and an 18-15 Yorkville lead.
“Actually I was disappointed not to get the major decision because this meet is all about team points,” Milliron said. “We’re proud of the season we had, but we wanted more, we just didn’t get the outcome we wanted tonight.”
Brennan Sharp gave the Foxes faithful reason to cheer with his 8-0 shutout at 138 that put Yorkville ahead 22-18.
“During the winter break we had a lot of guys really pick up their commitment and push hard so that we could get a second straight regional title. Tonight, we had a lot of young, lower weight guys help us,” Brennan Sharp added. “But in a few cases, we may have felt too much pressure and didn’t have the results we’re capable of.”
At 145, Sycamore’s Dylan Foster managed a 7-3 win before the last of the Spartans’ standouts — state 152-pound runner-up Austin Culton — added a third pinfall for a 27-22 lead. Yorkville’s Mike Kurtz kept the Foxes’ hopes alive with an escape in the final 16 seconds for a 4-3 win at 160 to make it 30-25 heading into the final two bouts.
“(Yorkville) made a couple bumps like Wilkinson going up to 170, but Ren fought hard to get the first takedown and those points where crucial in putting us in a position of advantage,” Sycamore coach Alex Nelson noted. “Then Schillinger bumped up to 182 and Chris wrestled knowing he had to stay off his back or not give up a tech fall, and he ends up losing just 4-3.
“Considering we had to forfeit at heavyweight, we needed contributions from a lot of people in different ways,” Nelson explained. “Andrew (Larsen) battled to not give up six, instead of settling for tech fall, Jacob (Davis) pushed for a pin; suddenly an extra point on your side and one less on their side and you’ve got the difference in the match.”