After having a few weeks off from anything other than practice competition, the Grayslake North wrestling team has a busy few days.
The Knights wrestle four times in three days and they have started the stretch well.
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Grayslake North earned a dual-meet victory for the second time in as many days Friday night, beating host Hampshire, 48-21, in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division meet.
"We're coming back, shaking off a little bit of rust," Knights coach Ryan West said. "For the most part we've competed well the last two nights. I think the break was tough. It's tough to keep your conditioning levels up."
The Knights beat Woodstock on Thursday and host a triangular meet today. They had not wrestled since Dec. 13 before Thursday.
Calton Deatherage, Joel Armenta and Austin Cloe got Grayslake North off to a good start against the Whip-Purs. Deatherage (126 pounds) and Armenta (132) each had major-decision victories. Cloe followed with a win by fall in 2:09 at 138 pounds.
Zac Juron (152) and Cody Sawyer (160) each added victories by fall for the Knights. Paul Hermann was taken down with 5 seconds remaining in his 195-pound match with the Whip-Purs' Jeremy Polletta that evened the score 5-5. In overtime, Hermann recovered and recorded a takedown and earned 3-back points for a 10-5 decision.
Luke Prichett also earned a 5-4 decision at 103 for the Knights.
Hampshire's Nick Brown won a 4-0 decision over Grayslake North's Jamie McCauley at 145. The Whip-Purs' Travis Keeling earned a 4-3 decision over Ian Pearce at 182. Despite the losses, West was very pleased with his wrestlers in those matches.
"I'm as proud of two guys who lost (McCauley and Pearce) because they wrestled Hampshire's best kids," West said. "They lost, but they wrestled tough. It's not always the wins that we get."
Anton Krocko had a win by fall in 1:15 at 170 for Hampshire. Gabe Reyes also won by fall at 285. The Whip-Purs' other victory came from Wylie Allen, a 2-0 decision at 113.
"We had a very productive break," said Hampshire coach Terry Wilkinson, whose team had not wrestled since Dec. 27. "We got in here Thursday (for practice) and try to wrestle a pretty good Grayslake North team is a tough thing to do. We definitely did not wrestle our best."