Wrestling: Barrington qualifies six for state

Story Image Barrington, IL 2/11/12 Many of the top high school wrestlers in the area competed in the sectional meet at Barrington High School for a chance to go to state next week. (bout 322 @132) Buffalo Grove's Brian Egan drops Hersey's Conrad Bugay to the matt. | Rob Dicker~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: February 12, 2012 12:32AM



This is the time of year when wrestlers are aiming to peak, and Hersey’s Stephon Scales feels like he’s ready to give it his best.

He’ll be giving it in Champaign, as one of 14 sectional champions coming out of Barrington’s Class 3A individual sectional on Saturday. Scales has won a conference, regional, and sectional title heading into next weekend’s State Finals.

“My coaches know what they’re doing so I just go with what they say and it works out,” said Scales (33-5 at 120), after a 7-4 title-mat win over Harlem’s Zac Denny. “I feel dominant on my feet right now. I’ve been Downstate three times and haven’t placed yet, so I’m hoping to win it all.”

Two unbeaten sectional champs will head to the state finals from Barrington in Prairie Ridge’s Zach Synon (42-0 at 126) and Mundelein’s Matt Ornoff (39-0 at 138). Neither wrestler gave up an offensive point in three matches, but Ornoff had to grind out a 1-0 title win over McHenry’s Wade Lardy.

“I’ve been wrestling well and my coaches keep telling me that people are going to try to stop my offense,” Ornoff said. “I just have to stay on my offense and let things flow, and now records don’t matter. (Downstate) you just have to be ready to wrestle every match.”

Three teams present had a pair of sectional champions each, as Hunter Rollins (160) joined Scales atop the podium for Hersey; Warren’s Danny Hicks (33-7 at 170) and Shakhiem Chapman (38-2 at 195) won titles; and Deerfield’s Lenny Bloom (38-1 at 145) and Artie Bess (36-1 at 220). Barrington led all teams with six state qualifiers, paced by second-placers Adrian Gonzalez (33-3 at 106) and Jared Parvinmehr (33-3 at 113).

Zion-Benton’s Abel Rios (31-1 at 132) won the lone overtime match on the first-place mat, winning 3-1 over Fremd’s Ronnie Hauser.

Other sectional champions included Cary-Grove’s Mike Cullen (40-2 at 106), Harlem’s Jordan Northrup (37-3 at 113), Crystal Lake South’s Tom Gerszewski (40-1 at 152), and Wheeling’s Igor Romanowski (31-3 at 285). Gerszewski, Bess and Huntley’s Josh Symbol (37-2 at 182) all posted pins on the title mat.

Immediately after his title win, Bess spent the next five minutes hugging his way through a crowd of Deerfield fans.

“Everyone was pretty happy for me,” Bess said. “It’s my second sectional title and it was nice to come back and kick butt. Last year I went 2-2 downstate and I know my coaches will prepare me this week and make me the best I can be. Hopefully I can do some damage.”

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