SYCAMORE – Joliet Catholic Academy’s Dean Hamiti captured a sectional title, while teammate Jack Finnegan claimed fourth place as both advanced to next weekend’s Class 2A finals at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Hamiti recorded a fall in 1:35 to beat Marengo’s Landen Pfeiffer for the title at 106 pounds, while Finnegan took fourth at 113.
Morris’ Cody Baldridge continued his quest for a third-straight appearance in a state championship after winning the title at 182 to improve to 38-0 on the season. In the finals, Baldridge won by technical fall over Freeport’s Matthew Chavers.
2A Hinsdale South Sectional: Lemont won three titles and qualified eight for next weekend’s state finals. The Indians got firsts from Drew Nash (126), Alex Oruna (182) and Apollo Gothard (195) while Kyle Schickel (120) and Grant LaDuke (132) took second. Placing third were Paul McGrath (113), Kyle Zator (138) and Ryan Dickson (152).
In title matches, Nash pinned Ag Science’s Justin Graves in 5:30 at 126, Oruna won 13-5 over Oak Forest’s Austin Nowicki at 182 and Gothard got a fall in 2:50 over Rich Central’s Kendall Bonner at 195. Schickel got pinned in 1:29 by Nazareth’s Josh Fowler at 120 while LaDuke lost by technical fall to TF North’s Sincere Bailey at 132.
1A Olympia Sectional: Peotone’s Paul Keane (113), Coal City’s Alex Friddle (120) and Daniel Jezik (160) captured titles, while Wilmington’s Jack Narine (106) placed second, Coal City’s Ryan Wasielewski (145) was third while Coal City’s Connor Huston (113) took fourth.
Keane pinned Heyworth’s Levi Neuleib in 1:08 at 113, Friddle recorded a fall in 5:21 over McNamara’s Caleb Magruder at 120 and Daniel Jezik was a 7-5 winner over Warsaw’s Chase Hartweg in the 160 title match. Narine dropped a 16-10 decision to El Paso-Gridley’s Monte Gregory in the 106 finals.
Falling in the consolation semifinals were Coal City’s Evan Rivera (106) and TJ Jezik (152), Peotone’s Maxwell Lonard (170) and Chandler Gartner (182) and Reed-Custer’s Logan Zacharias (285).
1A Oregon Sectional: Seneca’s Jackson Beene (145) and Mason Dooley (170) both lost matches in the consolation semifinals to come up a win shy of state trips.