Wrestling: Sandburg, Oak Park advance to Class 3A title match

Story Image Lockport's Brian Rossi (left) tries to wrap up Sandburg's Jim Pellegrino (right) during the 106 weight division of the IHSA wrestling dual team state quarterfinals Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, in the U.S. Cellular Coliseum at 101 S. Madison St. in Bloomington. Rossi won 10-4. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

Updated: February 25, 2012 5:06PM



BLOOMINGTON — Sandburg and Oak Park-River Forest will wrestle for the Class 3A wrestling title Saturday night after scoring contrasting semifinal wins.

Oak Park won five straight matches in the lower weights to pull away for a 35-21 win over Barrington, while Sandburg rallied to beat defending champ Glenbard North 29-25.

Glenbard North coach Mark Hahn was ejected for flagrant misconduct after Panthers 120-pounder Jered Cortez was called for unsportsmanlike conduct following his pin of Jake Vales at 120 pounds.

Cortez’s pin momentarily gave the Panthers a 29-20 lead. But he was docked one team point and Hahn’s penalty was three team points, leaving Glenbard up just 25-20.

Sandburg’s Sebastian Pique then rallied from an early deficit at 126 to beat Jon Marmolejo 7-6 on a takedown with 30 seconds left. The Eagles’ John Pellegrino beat Johnny Gosinski 7-4 at 132 to put Sandburg up 26-25 and Mitch Cook held off Cory Brandle 3-2 at 138 for the final margin.

Colin Holler (152) and Bill Gore (220) had falls for Sandburg (26-2), which also beat Glenbard North 25-24 on Jan. 7. The Eagles are chasing their fourth state title and first since 2007.

Richard Browne (106) and Cortez had falls for Glenbard North (19-5), which will face Barrington for third place.

Oak Park took the lead for good against Barrington at 4-3 on Devonte Mahomes’ major decision at 152. But the Huskies were up just 16-15 through 285 before going on their decisive run.

Matt Rundell had a major decision at 106, Darius Henry won a decision at 113, Johnny Gahagan won a major at 120, Larry Harris took a decision at 126 and Cameron Harris capped the run with a technical fall at 132.

Sam Brooks, the Class 3A 182 champ, moved up to 195 and had Oak Park’s lone fall. Daniel Davidson got a pin at 220 for Barrington.

Oak Park is seeking its second title and first since 2009.

Montini (20-0) will go for its fourth consecutive Class 2A title and fifth in a row overall after beating Bloomington 49-12 in the semifinals. Drew Verbenec (145), Conor Winel (182) and Edgar Ruano (285) all had technical falls for the Broncos.

Yorkville (19-10) beat Antioch 49-15 in the other Class 2A semifinal behind falls from Austin Wolf (145), Brandon Brown (126) and Killian Murphy (138).

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