Wrestling: Yorkville simply overpowers Washington

Updated: February 21, 2012 9:20PM



Yorkville didn’t outfox downstate Washington on Tuesday night. The Foxes went right at the Patriots and delivered a resounding pounding.

Yorkville clobbered Washington, 43-32, in a sectional dual team semifinal at the Class 2A Sycamore sectional. The Foxes led 43-8, and with the match wrapped up, forfeited their final four bouts.

With the victory, the Foxes qualified for Saturday’s state finals tournament in Bloomington where they will take on Northern Illinois Big 12 rival Sycamore at 9 a.m.

“They were out a few guys last time so we’ll see a different lineup and a little bit tougher team than what we saw before,” Yorkville coach Joe Fornell said. “We’ve seem them in conference and sectionals so we know them well. I think we can come out on top, but we’ll see where it goes. It’ll be fun and should be an exciting match.”

The teams previous meeting during the conference season was an instant classic. The Foxes won eight bouts and edged the Sycamore, 29-27.

“Both teams will be at full strength this time,” Yorkville senior Connor Bass said. “There will be a couple head-to-head matches that are going to be key wins for us. We just have to pull those out and have to wrestle our style, open up our offense and score points.”

Bass placed third in the state at 145 pounds last weekend, while identical twin brother Clayton Bass was fifth at 152 and heavyweight Seth Gonzalez claimed second place.

Tuesday’s victory over Chicago Washington provided no intrigue. The Foxes blasted Chicago Washington, 66-10, during a quadrangular in Yorkville on Dec. 17, so as expected, they once again won in convincing fashion.

“As a team we wanted to come out with the least big heads because we know with wrestling at any point you can get stuck,” 220-pounder Dan Scott said. “We didn’t predict any outcome. We just wrestled to the best of our ability and are now ready to go to state this weekend.”

Scott won his bout by technical fall.

Highlights for the Foxes, who jumped to an 18-0 lead, included freshman Brody Sharp upsetting Washington’s Austin Wileman (32-11) at 106 pounds and Steven Pozeg not rolling over against 160-pound state champion Dylan Reel in a 182-pound bout.

“Sharp had lost to him earlier this year so to get a major decision out of him was huge,” Fornell said. “I was happy with how we performed in all of our matches. Even Steven Pozeg going against a three-time state champion wrestled really well.”

Sophomore Gunnar Hjorth was the last wrestler to take the mat for the Foxes, wrestling up a weight class and pulling out a 9-0 victory.

“We just wanted to make a statement,” Hjorth said. “We tried to stay mentally tough and want to continue it through state and get down to the finals.”

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