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February 21, 2012
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Area has its 4 in finals


By ROB SMITH - rsmith@shawmedia.com

Lutzow, Harrah, Dechow & Stott will compete for titles~ CHAMPAIGN – Ten seconds into the third period of his championship bracket semifinal at 138 pounds, Crystal Lake Central’s Clay Lutzow knew he could ride out the win and get to his first final.

Lutzow defeated Triad’s Kyle Graumenz, 1-0, to advance to the Class 2A final at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Tournament on Friday.

Lutzow is one of four local athletes who will wrestle for a title today at the University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall.

After a scoreless first period, Lutzow escaped in the second and entered the third needing to control from the top position to get the win.

Lutzow said one thing he struggles with is being quick enough to stop an opponent after the whistle blows to start the period.

“After about 10 seconds I felt confident I could ride him the whole time,” Lutzow said. “I could stop his initial move.”

Lutzow said he is happy to get in the finals but isn’t satisfied. He is appreciative of getting some down time today before the finals at 7 p.m.

“I still have to worry about the next match,” Lutzow said. “But I don’t have to wrestle for the next 24 hours.”

Lutzow will face Marmion’s Angelo Silvestro in the final. Lutzow defeated Silvestro in overtime, 4-3, in the finals at the Dvorak tournament at Harlem in December.

Joining Lutzow will be teammate Gage Harrah (195 pounds), who pinned Geneseo’s Oliver Newton in 48 seconds.

In his three matches so far in the tournament, Harrah has three pins in less than a minute and has spent a total of 104 seconds on the mat.

Despite the dominance, Harrah said he isn’t overconfident and doesn’t look past any opponent, especially at state.

“I’ve been trying all year to get to the state finals,” Harrah said. “I’m going to go in with the same mentality – dominate and make it my match.”

Harrah will face a familiar opponent in Grayslake Central’s Joey Valdivia, who he faced in the finals of both the Fox Valley Conference Meet and Grayslake Central Sectional.

He pinned Valdivia to win the FVC Meet and won a 14-6 major decision at sectionals.

Also in Class 2A, Richmond-Burton’s Jack Dechow (182) is back in the finals for the third consecutive year. After finishing second the past two years, he plans to be more aggressive and to benefit from his experience of being in that situation.

“My mentality is to take it to my opponents,” Dechow said. “The last two years I was nervous. I didn’t wrestle like I should have.”

In the semifinals, Dechow defeated Montini’s Jake Turk by technical fall, 23-8, in 4:16. He was dominant from the start, taking down Rudicil at will and then letting him up for the escape.

Dechow said he doesn’t worry or even think about getting caught by continually letting his opponents up.

“Whenever you think you are going to get caught, that’s when you get caught,” Dechow said.

In Class 1A, Harvard’s Dan Stott pinned Pittsfield’s Zach Abney in 2:56 to advance to the finals, where he will face Herrin’s Drake Holland.

Hornets coach Tim Haak said Stott doesn’t get too caught up in wins or losses.

“He’s very even-keeled,” Haak said. “He doesn’t get two high or two low.”

Haak said Stott is good at listening during a match and putting it into action on the mat.

“He can make adjustments out on the mat,” Haak said. “He is such a knowledgeable wrestler.”

Richmond’ Burton’s Garrett Sutton (138) and Brett O’Kane (160) lost their Class 2A semifinal matches and move to the consolation semifinals for a chance to wrestle for third place. Also losing in the 2A semis was Crystal Lake Central’s Jason Fugiel (152)

In 3A, Crystal Lake South’s Tom Gerszewski (152) and Cary-Grove’s Mike Cullen (106) lost and move to the consolation semifinals along with Harvard’s Nathan Cowan (182) in 1A. (NWHerald 2/18/12)

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