IN THE CLASSROOM
Big day for RB
February 13, 2012Richmond Burton High School
Big day for RB: Class 2A Grayslake Central Sectional:
by Rob Smith
Rockets send 7 to state; GRAYSLAKE – Richmond-Burton freshman Grant Sutton has had enough of going to the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Tournament as an observer. This year he is going to wrestle.
Sutton defeated Jimmy Gallardo of Niles Notre Dame, 6-3, to win the 106-pound championship in the Class 2A Grayslake Central Sectional on Saturday. With brother Garrett Sutton and cousin Cameron Kennedy making it to state last year for the Rockets, Grant Sutton is no stranger to Champaign.
“I’ve been going down every year watching everyone else,” he said.
Tied, 2-2, with Gallardo going into the third period, Grant Sutton said he needed to make up for a slow start. After giving up an escape, Sutton got a takedown and back points to get the win.
“I had to kick it in,” Sutton said. “I wanted to win so bad.”
The top four finishers qualify for state, which begins Thursday in Champaign.
In an all-local championship match at 138, Crystal Lake Central’s Clay Lutzow defeated Garrett Sutton, 6-4. Lutzow got takedowns in the first two periods to go up, 4-2, and was able to survive getting taken down in the third period to get the win.
“When I score early, I feel better about the match,” Lutzow said. “I knew it was going to be a tough match.”
In the marquee matchup, Kennedy lost to Fenwick’s Matt Garelli, 8-6, in overtime. Both wrestlers entered the match undefeated.
Kennedy got two takedowns in the first period to go up, 4-1, but got taken down in the second, third and overtime periods to take the loss. R-B coach Bret Wojcik said Kennedy can take some positives out of the loss.
“We know we can take [Garelli] down. We’ll be ready for next week,” Wojcik said. “It’s going to fuel the fire [for Kennedy] this week at practice.”
Also winning for the Rockets was Brett O’Kane at 160 and Jack Dechow (182). Matt Ellis (132) was third, and Nick Zelinsky (220) took fourth to bring R-B’s total to seven state qualifiers.
O’Kane got out of a first-period high leg lift by Fenwick’s Graham Josh and then took Josh down on the same move later in the period.
“It definitely wore him out and boosted my confidence,” O’Kane said.
Dechow, who won by injury default, said he expects great things out of O’Kane and appreciates having him as a practice partner.
“I get my hardest workouts in the room with Brett O’Kane,” Dechow said. “If he doesn’t make it to the finals [at state], I’m going to be surprised.”
Central qualified five for state, with Jason Fugiel (152) and Gage Harrah (195) also winning titles. Kyle Fugiel (126) took second, and Mike Zelasco (145) finished fourth.
Also qualifying from the area were Johnsburg’s Brandon Pesheck (106) and Chris Nugent (195), Marengo’s Damon Cloe (152) and Mark Hendricks (170) and Hampshire’s Tyler Espino (113) and Zach Oranger (285). (NWHerald 2/12/12)