St. Charles East qualifies 13 for sectionals

  • Adam Lambaz of Elgin tries to get out of the hold of Austin Barrett Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship match where Austin Barrett took the win in DeKalb.

    Adam Lambaz of Elgin tries to get out of the hold of Austin Barrett Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship match where Austin Barrett took the win in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Geneva Joey Sikorsky wrestles in the regional championship round Saturday against Batavia's Ino Garcia.

    Geneva Joey Sikorsky wrestles in the regional championship round Saturday against Batavia's Ino Garcia. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East Austin Barrett tries to control Adam Lambaz of Elgin during the regional championship match where Austin Barrett took the win Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb.

    St. Charles East Austin Barrett tries to control Adam Lambaz of Elgin during the regional championship match where Austin Barrett took the win Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • DeKalb Lukes Schmerbach and Elijah Chiaro of St. Charles East wrestles during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Luke Schmerbach took the win in DeKalb.

    DeKalb Lukes Schmerbach and Elijah Chiaro of St. Charles East wrestles during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Luke Schmerbach took the win in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • DeKalb Bradley Gillum tries to get around Jackson Tonkovich of Batavia during the regional championship game Saturday Feb. 5 where Bradley Gillum took the win at DeKalb High School.

    DeKalb Bradley Gillum tries to get around Jackson Tonkovich of Batavia during the regional championship game Saturday Feb. 5 where Bradley Gillum took the win at DeKalb High School. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Jackson Tonkovich of Batavia tries to control DeKalb Bradley Gillum during the regional championship game Saturday Feb. 5 where Bradley Gillum took the win at DeKalb High School.

    Jackson Tonkovich of Batavia tries to control DeKalb Bradley Gillum during the regional championship game Saturday Feb. 5 where Bradley Gillum took the win at DeKalb High School. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Bryson Buhk of DeKalb tries to control John Schmidt of Geneva during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb.

    Bryson Buhk of DeKalb tries to control John Schmidt of Geneva during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • John Schmidt of Geneva tries to control Bryson Buhk of DeKalb Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship match in DeKalb.

    John Schmidt of Geneva tries to control Bryson Buhk of DeKalb Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship match in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Christian Allen of Batavia keeps an eye on Gavin Engh of DeKalb during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Gavin took the win in DeKalb.

    Christian Allen of Batavia keeps an eye on Gavin Engh of DeKalb during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Gavin took the win in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Tommy Curran of DeKalb and Cael Andrews of Batavia wrestles during the 145 weight class regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Tommy Curran of DeKalb took the win in DeKalb.

    Tommy Curran of DeKalb and Cael Andrews of Batavia wrestles during the 145 weight class regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Tommy Curran of DeKalb took the win in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Damien Lopez of DeKalb and St. Charles East Lane Robinson wrestle Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship round in DeKalb.

    Damien Lopez of DeKalb and St. Charles East Lane Robinson wrestle Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship round in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East Brody Murray tries to escape Caleb Wall of DeKalb during the regional championship match Where Brody Murray took the win on Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb.

    St. Charles East Brody Murray tries to escape Caleb Wall of DeKalb during the regional championship match Where Brody Murray took the win on Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Caleb Wall of DeKalb and St. Charles East Brody Murray wrestles during the reginal championship match Where Brody Murray took the win on Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb.

    Caleb Wall of DeKalb and St. Charles East Brody Murray wrestles during the reginal championship match Where Brody Murray took the win on Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East Brody Murray flexes his muscles after beating DeKalb's Caleb Wall on Saturday at the DeKalb regional.

    St. Charles East Brody Murray flexes his muscles after beating DeKalb's Caleb Wall on Saturday at the DeKalb regional. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • DeKalb Lukes Schmerbach tries to keep a hold of Elijah Chiaro of St. Charles East during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Luke Schmerbach took the win in DeKalb.

    DeKalb Lukes Schmerbach tries to keep a hold of Elijah Chiaro of St. Charles East during the regional championship match Saturday Feb. 5 where Luke Schmerbach took the win in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Kaden Fetterolf of Batavia goes head over heals to get a grip on Austin Martin of DeKalb during the 138 weight class regional championship match held at DeKalb High School Sat. Feb 5th.

    Kaden Fetterolf of Batavia goes head over heals to get a grip on Austin Martin of DeKalb during the 138 weight class regional championship match held at DeKalb High School Sat. Feb 5th. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Austin Martin of DeKalb and Kaden Fetterolf of Batavia wrestle in the 138 weight class of the regional championship match where Kaden Fetterolf of Batavia took the win Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb.

    Austin Martin of DeKalb and Kaden Fetterolf of Batavia wrestle in the 138 weight class of the regional championship match where Kaden Fetterolf of Batavia took the win Saturday Feb. 5 in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East Tyler Guerra and Danny Curran of DeKalb wrestle for the regional championship Saturday Feb. 5 where St. Charles East Tyler Guerra took the win at DeKalb High School.

    St. Charles East Tyler Guerra and Danny Curran of DeKalb wrestle for the regional championship Saturday Feb. 5 where St. Charles East Tyler Guerra took the win at DeKalb High School. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East Tyler Guerra and Danny Curran of DeKalb wrestle for the regional championship Saturday Feb. 5 where St. Charles East Tyler Guerra took the win at DeKalb High School.

    St. Charles East Tyler Guerra and Danny Curran of DeKalb wrestle for the regional championship Saturday Feb. 5 where St. Charles East Tyler Guerra took the win at DeKalb High School. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East Ethan Penzato, left, wrestles Ethan Schultz of DeKalb during the 126 weight class of the regional championship match up Saturday Feb. 6 where Ethan Penzato took the win.

    St. Charles East Ethan Penzato, left, wrestles Ethan Schultz of DeKalb during the 126 weight class of the regional championship match up Saturday Feb. 6 where Ethan Penzato took the win. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Daniel Aranda of DeKalb takes on St. Charles East Ben Davino. during the championship round Sat. Feb. 5 in DeKalb where he took second.

    Daniel Aranda of DeKalb takes on St. Charles East Ben Davino. during the championship round Sat. Feb. 5 in DeKalb where he took second. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • St. Charles East Ben Davino wrestles Daniel Aranda of DeKalb and gets the win Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship match in DeKalb.

    St. Charles East Ben Davino wrestles Daniel Aranda of DeKalb and gets the win Saturday Feb. 5 during the regional championship match in DeKalb. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia Aidan Huck celebrates after pinning Rory Burright of DeKalb during the regional championship round 113 weight class Saturday Feb. 5th.

    Batavia Aidan Huck celebrates after pinning Rory Burright of DeKalb during the regional championship round 113 weight class Saturday Feb. 5th. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Rory Burright of DeKalb wrestles Batavia Aidan Huck during the regional championship round 113 weight class Saturday Feb. 5th.

    Rory Burright of DeKalb wrestles Batavia Aidan Huck during the regional championship round 113 weight class Saturday Feb. 5th. David Toney/for Shaw Local

  • Batavia Ino Garcia pins Geneva Jorge Lopez in the 106 weight class during the first period of the regional championship round Saturday Feb. 5 held at DeKalb High School

    Batavia Ino Garcia pins Geneva Jorge Lopez in the 106 weight class during the first period of the regional championship round Saturday Feb. 5 held at DeKalb High School David Toney/for Shaw Local

 
By Eddie Carifio
Shaw Media
Updated 2/5/2022 8:27 PM

Both the DeKalb and St. Charles East wrestling teams qualified every one of their wrestlers for the sectional round at the Class 3A DeKalb regional on Saturday.

But behind six individual champs, the Barbs claimed the team title to not only advance all 14 wrestlers to next week's Conant individual sectional, but advance as a team to the South Elgin dual team sectional later this month.

 

"Overall it was a great day," DeKalb coach Sam Hiatt said. "There are some matches we lost we want to get back next week. It wasn't perfect but we wrestled hard and we wrestled good. To come out and dominate the toughest regional in the state -- St. Charles East is good, Batavia is good and some good individuals."

The Barbs finished with 268 points while the Saints put up 224. They qualified all 13 wrestlers and had five champions. Batavia was third with 201.5 points, a wide gap ahead of Geneva in fourth with 97.

Tommy Curran (145), Damien Lopez (152), Luke Schmerbach (170), Bradley Gillum (182), Bryson Buhk (195) and Gavin Engh won titles for the Barbs. Ben Davino (120), Ethan Penzato (126), Tyler Guerra (132), Brody Murray (160) and Austin Barrett (285) were regional champs for the Saints.

"We knew it was going to be a dogfight. DeKalb has a hell of a team," St. Charles East coach Jason Potter said. "Hats off to them, they did a good job today. They wrestled dominant."

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The Bulldogs had two champs -- Ino Garcia (106) and Aidan Huck (113) -- while qualifying 10 wrestlers for next week. The top three wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the sectional round.

Huck scored an upset against DeKalb's Rory Burright for the title at 113, getting a pin with just 11 seconds left in the match.

"He's a gritty kid," Batavia coach Scott Bayer said. "I feel like he kept his head in that match. ... He finished hard and took it to him on top. He's dangerous up there. Real proud of the way he closed that one out."

For DeKalb, Engh cruised to the title with two first-period pins to win a regional for the second straight year.

"It gives me a lot of confidence going into next week that I can win the sectional," Engh said. "I think the team feels that way too. We're ready to get going."

Hiatt said he was impressed with heavyweight Nate Sauer's performance in the third-place match against Batavia's Kyle Peyton. Peyton topped Sauer with a first-period pin in the first round, but the two met in the third-place match.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

With only the winner going through to the sectional round, Sauer came up with a second-period pin to make sure the Barbs were 14 for 14 in qualifying individuals.

"Everybody was cheering for him," Hiatt said. "He was the 14th kid and we needed that to get the whole team to sectionals. It's good to see the whole team behind him. It was a third-place match and the whole team was going crazy for him."

At 132, the St. Charles East's Guerra got an upset of DeKalb's Danny Curran, 5-0. The sophomore didn't wrestle last year due to injury.

"I think people forgot about him," Potter said. "He's a sophomore and he's got so much offense. We've tried to get him to open up a little. It feels like he can score from anywhere."

Guerra said he just trusted his offensive ability to claim his first postseason championship.

"I was just able to shut him down and get to my offense," Guerra said. "I just wrestled how I normally wrestle. Nothing really special."

Potter said he knew it would be a tall task to knock off DeKalb, so instead the team was focused on getting through each of its wrestlers individually.

"The message was for all 13 guys to take care of themselves," Potter said. "If it was meant to be it will happen, if not the end of the day it's an individual regional also they needed to focus on themselves. The only way our team could have any success is if all 13 guys did their job. And all 13 guys got through. I'm excited."

In addition to its six champions, DeKalb qualified Kaden Klapprodt (third at 106), Burright (second at 113), Danny Aranda (second at 120), Ethan Schultz (second at 126), Danny Curran (second at 132), Austin Martin (second at 138), Caleb Wall (second at 160) and Sauer (third at 285).

Aside from its five champs, St. Charles East qualified Wrigley Schroeder (third at 113), Maddox Stieb (third at 138), Gavin Connolly (third at 145), Lane Robinson (second at 152), Elijah Chiaro (second at 170), Brandon Swartz (third at 182), Anthony Chiaro (third at 195) and Adrian Ramos-Acosta third at 220).

The Bulldogs, in addition to their two champs, qualified Chase Osborne (third at 132), Cael Andrews (second at 145), Noah Ajazi (third at 152), Mason Yanez (third at 160), Asher Sheldon (third at 170), Jason Tonkovich (second at 182) and Christian Allen (second at 220).

"I think we have the personnel to book a lot of hotel rooms downstate," Bayer said of his team's prospects in the sectional.

Geneva qualified Joey Sikorsky (second at 106), Dylan Schlegel (third at120) and John Schmidt (second at 195).

Sirosky, the No. 3 seed, got a first-round upset to get into the championship match. He won 10-7 after trailing early, but a takedown to end the first helped him out, coach Thomas Chernich said.

"It really changed the complexion for the match," Chernich said. "He was able to get another takedown after that then another in the third to secure it."

Allan Liquigan (third at 126) and Adam Lambaz (second at 285) will compete in the sectional for Elgin.

Lambaz lost a tough 1-0 decision in the final match to Barrett.

"He's got a chance to get downstate," Maroons coach Gary Paricack said. "I think we'll see the St. Charles East again. I definitely like (Lambaz's) chances again next week."

Larkin and St. Charles North did not advance any wrestlers.

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