Huntley wrestling took down Cary Grove one match after another on Friday, resulting in a blowout 61-6 win in a Fox Valley Conference Dual Meet.
According to head wrestling coach Benjamin Bertelsman, the goal was to “win fast and get off the mat.”
Despite having a younger line-up, Huntley was able to stand their ground.
“We had a lot of JV guys in there, a lot of our JV guys are really good,” Bertelsman said. “They would start on varsity a lot of other places, so I’m pretty comfortable putting those JV guys out there, and having them take some matches. I was happy with the team.”
Following far behind, the Trojans managed two wins against the Red Raiders.
Justin Allen (195) lost his match at a close 4-5. Although earning a hard-earned point through escape in the last 40 seconds, he was unable to even out the score.
Sophomore Brady Anderson (152) took a loss after earning four points against his opponents 12.
Junior Luke Loprieno (138) started out the meet strong, giving Huntley an immediate six point lead with a pin.
Christian Benitez (285), Josh Stenger (130), Kyle Smoot (126), and Gannon Kosowski (132), won the team a total of four pins, accumulating 24 points all together.
Freshman Sammy Spencer (106) contributed five points to the team by going 19-4 against his opponent, achieving a technical fall.
“I felt confident going in, I’ve wrestled him before, but this time I came in with the tech fall which is what I expected,” Spencer said. “I expected to get a lot of points.”
With three forfeits from the other team earned by Michael Ganshaw, Zach Spencer, and Jacob Catini, Huntley was able to garner up 12 more points.
Jimmy Pellegrino (118), Michael Jernigan (182), and Jason Pawlak (145) all won their rounds by decision.
Jernigan, going 12-8, was nearly pinned but was able to stick it out and get a reversal earning him 2 more points just as the third period was ending.
Pellegrino went 3-1 over his opponent in an attempt to get a pin, and Pawlak went six over his opponents three.
Bertelsman wishes for a smooth season.
“I’m hoping that everyone makes it through uninjured, we’ll get some state placers, and we’ll get multiple kids to state in the end,” he said. “Right now we’re just trying to even the boat out, and get going here into the holiday season.”