CHAMPAIGN – Sycamore senior wrestler Kyle Akins needs one more victory to cap an unbeaten season and win his second successive Class 2A state title.
Those looking to wish the 120-pounder well before he faces Montini’s Dylan Duncan for the championship tonight might have to commute to the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center.
Akins planned to shift into solitary mode after Friday’s 8-2 semifinal victory against Lenny Petersen of Crystal Lake Central. He’s 45-0 and intent on getting to 46.
“Just stay focused, kind of block out everything, you know,” Akins said. “I’ve been turning my phone off all weekend, staying away from social media. Just trying to stay focused on what’s important, that state finals match.”
A Buffalo recruit, Akins controlled Petersen throughout after defeating Vernon Hills’ Jordan Reich, 5-4, in the quarterfinals earlier in the day. He channeled a 4-0 victory against Petersen late in the regular season.
He has not faced Duncan, a 35-11 sophomore.
In 3A, DeKalb sophomore 106-pounder Ulises Jacobo remains in contention for at least third place after winning his first-round wrestleback bout, a 5-2 decision against West Aurora’s Isaac Jacquez.
Jacobo, 29-10, credited a sense of urgency for his victory, and doesn’t plan to relinquish it for the rest of his run.
“It just makes me want to work harder, because I know I’m in danger of losing and getting kicked out of the tournament and it’s my first year [on varsity],” Jacobo said. “So I really want to come out here and show these guys that I’m going to come back stronger.”
Indian Creek tops Serena: Indian Creek defeated Serena, 46-39, in its final Little Ten Conference game of the season.
The Timberwolves (18-8, 7-1 LTC) were led by Noah Holm and Garrett Post, who each recorded 11 points.
“We did a nice job of keeping our composure and grinding this one out,” Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said.
The Timberwolves play Dixon today to finish the regular season and will start the Class 1A playoffs Wednesday.