BATAVIA • Glenbard North got here into the Dukane Convention Twin Group Wrestling Championship Match on Friday afternoon and did what Glenbard North has carried out because the inception of the convention: they received. Attributable to COVID restrictions, it was not doable for the normal convention match to be held the place particular person champions could be topped. To exchange this, the convention selected a twin group format to declare an general group champion.
The seeding was primarily based on the season’s convention twin meet data, and Glenbard, 7-0 in DKC competitors, would take the one-seed. Rounding out the opposite three prime seeds could be St. Charles East, Wheaton North, and Batavia, respectively—the 5 via eight match was wrestled earlier within the day.
Within the opening spherical, Glenbard defeated host Batavia 56-15, and felt the twin helped focus their minds for the championship match towards St. Charles East. The Panthers, now below the first-year management of Travis Cherry, solely the third head coach in this system’s historical past, was happy with what his group was in a position to accomplish.
“Towards Batavia,” Cherry stated, “I feel the twin went as we anticipated. We got here in understanding we needed to wrestle robust towards a strong Batavia group—and the fellows did that.”
However, Cherry’s group did greater than wrestle robust of their opening spherical; they received ten of fourteen matches and had been in a position to enable a well-deserving junior heavyweight to take the mat. “Ryan Yabi has been nice for us all season,” Cherry defined. “He has been the distinction within the enchancment [starter] Paulie Robertson has made, and, in every other program, Yabi could be a varsity starter. It was good to see him take to the mat and decide up a win for the group. And never simply Yabi, however everybody stepped up, did their job, and wrestled effectively.”
Together with Yabi, Jack Barracca, Cody Dertz, Jimmy Marre, and Paul Woo would additionally earn falls for Glenbard. Lauden Edwards and Nolan Allen every earned a significant choice of their matches, and Kyler Kradle recorded a daily choice. Patrick Curran and Blake Maday every received by forfeit.
As soon as the finals had been set between Glenbard and St. Charles East, the primary match-up could be at 145 kilos. This could be a vital stating level for Glenbard as a result of this weight class performed right into a collection of wrestlers the place the Saints had been pretty sturdy.
In a back-and-forth match with a wide range of scrambles, Glenbard would settle in and strike first as David Gilliam would win by fall over Max Sztuk with twenty-two seconds left within the match.
“David Gilliam actually got here out and set the tone for us and the twin,” Cherry defined. “He misplaced earlier within the season to [Sztuk], however he has been wrestling effectively and that was a giant win for him and the group. He’s a senior and we requested him to cleared the path—he did simply that.”
Glenbard North’s David illiam wins by fall over Charles East’s Max Sztuk on the Dukane Convention Twin Group Wrestling Championship Friday afternoon in Batavia. PHOTO • TC LIFONTI