It wasn't easy.
With four pins and a technical fall, Crystal Lake South had enough to produce a 41-30 win over Dundee-Crown in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division wrestling action in Carpentersville Thursday night.
The quickest pin for the Gators came from Brian Pence at 195 pounds, who dispatched of Dundee-Crown's Jake Kieltyka in a lightning-quick 22 seconds.
South 220-pounder Roland Gastfield followed Pence's effort with a pin of the Chargers' Christian Johnson in 1:03.
"My goal is always to attack the middle of my opponent," said Gastfield. "I feel I wrestled well and it was a good win for our team."
Also recording pins for the Gators were Garrett Dziedzic (120) and Eric Barone (145).
Dziedzic took care of David Hamelburg in 1:42 and Barone pinned D-C's Martell Thompson in 3:15.
South's Casey Callahan (160) was impressive in cruising to an 18-2 technical fall victory over outmatched Elijah Velez.
Nick Dorn (170) decisioned Dundee-Crown's Jarrod Raap 14-6 while Nick Gil at 138 registered a solid 14-6 win over the Chargers' Taborist Robinson and Joe Fetherling (126) edged Armando Gutierrez 6-4.
The Chargers enjoyed some impressive individual efforts in a losing cause.
Dundee-Crown senior Tim Schanmeier (160) posted the first pin of the evening over Crystal Lake South's Mike Golden in 3:50. Christian Brunner at 182 pounds followed Schanmeier's efforts with a pin of the Gators' Hunter Stroh in 2:31.
The Chargers' quickest pin of the night came from 285-pounder Jeremy Marshall, who dispatched of Buddy Gabarz in 54 seconds.
Picking up wins by decision for the Chargers were Diamond Flynn (113) and Jequann Flynn (132). Diamond Flynn outlasted the Gators' Ryan Burns 7-3 while Jequann Flynn wrestled well in decision South's Frank Woods 8-3. Adrian Jimenez (106) didn't even break a sweat in picking up a forfeit.
Despite some impressive efforts, D-C coach Bob Skillman was disappointed with the team's overall performance.
"We expect Tim Schanmeier, Christian Brunner and Jeremy Marshall to get their pins," said Skillman. "As expected they wrestled very well. But, overall we didn't wrestle very well as a team. I expect more from this team. We should have had some more pins and we had too many kids who are experienced and good wrestlers who gave up way too many points. South is a very good team, but we need to wrestle tougher. I was disappointed in our toughness as a team.''