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Sports

Sandburg tops Hinsdale Central to earn wrestling state berth

When Hinsdale Central's wrestling team faced Sandburg Tuesday in the Class 3A Hinsdale South dual team sectional, the Eagles won 43-20.

Hinsdale Central sophomore Juwan Edmund wins his 138-pound match during the dual team sectional against Sandburg Tuesday at Hinsdale South High School. Last Saturday, Edmund finished runner-up at the individual state meet. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com
Hinsdale Central sophomore Juwan Edmund wins his 138-pound match during the dual team sectional against Sandburg Tuesday at Hinsdale South High School. Last Saturday, Edmund finished runner-up at the individual state meet. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

DARIEN — First impressions aren't everything.

When Hinsdale Central's wrestling team faced Sandburg Tuesday in the Class 3A Hinsdale South dual team sectional, the Eagles won 43-20. While the final might not show it, the Red Devils performed well, even as their season came to a close.

"That's all we asked of our guys, to go out and compete hard," Central coach Jason Hayes said. "We know Sandburg has a tough team. They're probably one of the teams that could end up being state champions, so that's a tough draw."

Sandburg's lineup included three individual state champs and another finalist, but aside from Ricky Robertson's second-period pin, all of the bouts pitting Central wrestlers against Sandburg state finalists were close.

At 120, George Tolbert at one point led 3-1 against state runner-up Sebastian Pique before Pique came back for a 10-6 win.

C.J. Brucki, the 160 state champ, needed a late takedown to finalize a 5-1 win over Tim Glavin, and 171 state champ Colin Holler was limited to a 12-6 decision by Keith Schmidt.

"I thought our kids wrestled tough," Hayes said. "We wrestled Sebastian Pique down to the wire, C.J. Brucki down to the wire. You can't ask for much more than good effort, and for them to go out and compete hard."

Starting at 113 pounds, Sandburg won the first four matches of the dual. Juwan Edmund and Tom Ward had back-to-back third-period pins to steal back some momentum for Central, but the Eagles won the next fives matches to take control.

Matt Allen (7-3 decision) and Brian Allen (25-10 technical fall) had back-to-back wins, but Sandburg's 37-12 lead prior to the Allen wins was too much to overcome.

"I think we performed all right. We wrestled our best and did what we could do, but in the end I think they were just the better team," Brian Allen said. "We just have to keep working and hopefully we can be like them soon. They're a pretty tough team and they're going to be right there until the end."

Hinsdale Central winners

                         WEIGHT    RESULT


Juwan Edmund    138         Fall, 5:30

Tom Ward             145         Fall, 5:42

Matt Allen              220        7-3 decision

Brian Allen            285        25-10 tech fall

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