Lisle wrestling wins sectional, heads back downstate
Lisle head coach John Davis had a couple doubts as his team headed to the Tuesday's Class 1A Wilmington sectional.
LISLE — The wrestling team dual sectionals pit regional-winning teams against one another to battle for a trip downstate.
That left Lisle head coach John Davis with a couple doubts as his team headed to the Tuesday's Class 1A Wilmington sectional.
"I didn't know if we were going to win," Davis said. "I had a feeling it was going to be close."
Close it was, but the Lions topped Peotone 33-31 and head to the Elite Eight in Bloomington tomorrow. They wrestle PORTA co-op at 11 a.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
In a match that was close all the way through, Davis pointed to a few keys to coming out on top.
Most notably, DuShon Schaeffer gutted out a 1-0 win at 170 pounds, three points that sealed the win for the Lisle. The match victory came with Lisle clinging to a five-point lead with two matches to go. Andrew Bartol also had a key 4-2 overtime win at 152 to give Lisle a boost.
Kyle Dwyer and Ryan Kilroy both won by fall, while Ben Buchelt (major decision) and Brian Czyl (technical fall) earned bonus points with their wins.
Even the matches Lisle didn't win helped with the overall victory.
"We had some kids that came out and wrestled well," Davis said. "The big thing is the kids who got beat didn't get pinned. If those threes (three points for a decision win) turn into sixes (six points for a pin), it's a whole different ballgame."
Lisle and PORTA have met before downstate. In 2005, the Lions won 31-28 in the state quarterfinals as they went on to finish fourth. The Lions also won 34-25 in a 2008 state quarterfinal as they went on to finish fourth again. PORTA topped Eureka 67-6 for its sectional title.
"I'm excited and the kids are excited," Davis said. "We're hoping for good results."
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