Wrestling: Barrington gets by Grant

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Barrington High School varsity wrestler, Daniel Davidson (senior), wrestles Grant High School junior, Connor Haran, during a meet at Wheeling High School, on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media
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Updated: February 21, 2012 10:30PM

Mark Shealy wasn’t about to be the reason Barrington didn’t advance downstate.

In the final match of Tuesday’s Class 3A Wheeling team sectional, Shealy clinched the Broncos’ third consecutive trip to the state finals with a pin at 182 over Grant’s Jonathan Wells, giving his side a 29-18 victory.

“I had two matches last week that took away my chance to go downstate,” Shealy said. “I wasn’t going to let it happen again. I wanted to send the team out on a high note going into team state because we can use all the momentum we can get.”

With Grant bumping wrestlers up in weight against a Barrington team wrestling without two key injured starters in Jared Parvinmehr and Ryan Wilt, the Broncos gutted out an 8-6 edge in matches won in a back-and-forth affair from start to finish.

Barrington won the only three matches on the night that included bonus points.

“They’re a tough program and they came out guns blazing, which we knew they would,” Barrington coach Ken Hoving said. “It was really all about those tight matches tonight.”

Grant led 12-10 through seven matches when the Broncos’ Travis Cysewski turned a 4-3 deficit after two periods into a 7-4 decision win over Richard Gutierrez at 132 pounds.

“That win from Travis was huge,” Hoving said. “I thought that match singlehandedly turned the tide for our team, for the rest of the dual.”

Grant’s Nick Fenella won by decision at 138 to put his side up 15-13 but with five matches left to wrestle it was the last time the Bulldogs would enjoy the lead. Barrington got simple decision wins from Coord Wiseman (145) and Michael Lurz (160), a major decision win from Nick Shealy (152), and Mark Shealy’s pin to power the Broncos downstate.

Barrington also got a decision win from Matt Sheehy (113), a tech fall win from Adrian Gonzalez (106), and a decision win from Daniel Davidson (220) on the night.

“A lot of us on the team didn’t do what we wanted to do at (individual) sectionals, so we wanted to leave it all on the mat tonight,” Davidson said. “That sectional was definitely motivation for tonight.”

Barrington will face Naperville Central on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, in a Class 3A quarterfinal dual.

“We expected to go downstate this year,” Davidson said. “It’s what we’ve been working for all season.”

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