HUNTLEY – DeKalb junior Alex Roach noticed something as he tried different moves on Jacobs’ Mark Mamola in the third-place match of the IHSA Class 3A Huntley Regional.
“I was working different angles and the throw was there,” Roach said. “I threw him and ended up pinning him. I was really excited. I’ve never been to the sectional, it’s going to be a fun experience.”
Roach, at 220 pounds, is one of five DeKalb wrestlers who qualified for next weekend’s Barrington Sectional. Nick Roach (120 pounds) and Doug Johnson (132) won regional titles, Colin Adkins (160) was runner-up and Matt Macarus (152) took third.
“It was a tough regional,” Barbs coach Mike Pater said. “We had some guys make it through we didn’t think would make it, and some we thought possibly could make it who came up short. Alex was a nice surprise. He has the potential to be really good and something clicked for him to keep the ball rolling.”
Nick Roach defeated Harlem’s Dylan Elmore, 4-2, for the championship at 120. Johnson earned a major decision at 132 over Crystal Lake South’s Eric Barone, 18-5. Johnson twice leaped over Barone while they were standing and grabbed him from behind.
“Doug’s such a freakish athlete,” Pater said. “Sometimes he wears guys out and if their head’s down, he’ll do that cartwheel over them.”
Johnson is 36-1 for the season.
Macarus edged Dundee-Crown’s Tim Schanmier, 4-3, for third at 152. Adkins lost to Hononegah’s Tyler DeMoss by a major decision, 13-5, at 160.
Alex Roach led, 1-0, before he pinned Mamola in 3:10.
“I’m really focused and have been working harder in practice,” Roach said. “All my matches were key [Saturday] to build up to that third-place match.”