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PREP ROUNDUP: Four Spartan wrestlers win regional titles

Four Sycamore wrestlers – Kyle Akins (120 pounds), Austin Armstrong (170), Chris Malone (182) and Tyler Barton (195) won regional championships for the Spartans at Saturday's Class 2A Belvidere Regional.

The Spartans took second with 130 points. Sandwich won the regional title with a score of 174. Kaneland took third with 124.

Akins, who won a state title at 113 pounds last season, defeated Belvidere's Christian Arias by technical fall, 16-0 in 4:51, to take home the regional crown. Armstrong defeated Kaneland's Tom Price by fall in just 51 seconds in the 170-pound final.

Malone defeated Marengo's Matt Pandocchi by a 7-4 decision, while Barton earned a 1-0 decision over Sandwich's Kyle Eighner to win the 195-pound title.

Other sectional qualifers for Sycamore were – Michael Ernster (second place, 152 pounds), Michael Beaudoin (fourth place, 160) and Devin Knight (second place, 285).

Kaneland's Justin Diddel won the 285-pound title. Nick Mish (fourth place, 106 pounds), Adam Mish (third place, 113), Matthew Redman (fourth place, 126), Riley Vanik (third place, 145), George Strang (third place, 152), Tom Price (second place, 170) and Zack Parker (third place, 182) also earned sectional spots for the Knights.

Both Sycamore and Kaneland will take part in next weekend's Pontiac Sectional.

Cogs take 2nd at Alden-Hebron: Christian Ordlock (120 pounds) and Joseph Murray (160 pounds) both won championships for Genoa-Kingston at the Class 1A Alden-Hebron Regional. The Cogs took second place as a team behind Rockford Lutheran.

Other G-K sectional qualifiers were – Trace Fidler (third place, 106 pounds), Brett Dehmlow (third place, 113), Matt Cieslica (second place, 132), Danny Peters (third place, 138), Jason Bray (third place, 145), Marck Cardoso (third place, 170), Anthony Lacko (fourth place, 220) and Nick Cotham (third place, 285). They will compete at next weekend's Byron Sectional.


Spartans qualify for sectionals: Sycamore rolled a 5,322 at the Sycamore Regional, taking third place. The top four teams qualified for next week's Freeport Sectional.

Alexis Kolberg led the Spartans with a 1,127. Kelsey Johnston finished with a 1,105 and Baylee Ricker had a 1,087.

"The way we closed out Monday's (Conference) tournament, I had a real good feeling today." Sycamore coach Andy Hampton said. "We practiced well three of the last four days. We talked to the girls about no matter what happens, keep your heads up and stick with a positive attitude.

"The way they were throwing the ball that last game, I got the impression...that they knew they were accomplishing something special in that moment."

The Barbs' Abby Kuzmanich qualified for sectionals as an individual, rolling a 1,016. Maddy Jouris barely missed out, finishing with a score of 1,013.

Knights sixth: Kaneland took sixth at the Metea Valley Regional with a 4,183. Christie Crews qualified for sectionals as an individual, rolling a 908.


Barbs win fifth straight: Rudy Lopez had 22 points for DeKalb in a 65-58 win over Galesburg. Jace Kitchen added 17 for the Barbs (11-13) who won their fifth in a row.

"I thought we played very good team basketball tonight," DeKalb coach Dave Rohlman said. "I'm very proud of our kids, you take a three-hour bus trip with a very young team, and to come out against a very quality team like Galesburg with a win, that's a quality win for our program."


Barbs 2nd at conference: The DeKalb-Sycamore co-op swim team took second at the Independent Conference Meet. The Barbs scored 280 points, seven behind champion Riverside-Brookfield.

DeKalb-Sycamore won the swimming portion by 20 points, but was hurt by the fact the Barbs don't have a diving program.

"We came into the meet behind 27 points, we knew we had to catch up," DeKalb-Sycamore coach Leah Eames said. "We were confident we could do it, but unfortunately everything had to go our way and it didn't."

Daniel Hein won both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke for the co-op. The Barbs also had champs in the 200 medley relay (Hein, Ryan Schultz, Ryan Lindsey, Holden Mackey) and the 400 freestyle relay (Dylan Powers, Michael Carlson, Jacob Bjork and Hein).

Schultz was second in the 200 IM and 100 breastroke, while Bjork took second in the 200 freestyle and was third in the 100 breastroke. Powers finished third in the 500 freestyle and was third in the 100 backstroke. Carlson finished third in the 200 IM, and Mackey had a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle.

"The guys did as well as I could have possibly asked from them," Eames said. "I was really pleased in their performances and their races."

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