Trio steps up for sectional host Barrington
Feb 15, 2014 2:00 AM -
On the big mats in their own house, Barrington's Mitch Stathakis, Matt Conrad and Julius Smith drew one step closer to booking their spot in the Class 3A wrestling state tournament. The sophomore 106-pounder Stathakis (30-3) showed his intent with a masterful 14-2 major decision to send him into Saturday's 9 a.m. semifinal against Michael Lynch of New Trier. Conrad, a senior, left little doubt in his match with Sam Riportella (33-10) of Mundelein, which resulted in an impressive 13-0 major in his second-round bout at 132 pounds. Next up is Christian Fausel (26-10) of Hononegah. And Smith, who has made a habit of late of keeping the Broncos faithful on the edge of their seats with last-minute success, was up to his old tricks when he used a takedown in the closing moments to outlast Prospect freshman Matt Wroblewski (33-8) 3-1 in his 160-pound quarterfinal.