DeKALB – The St. Charles East wrestling team used a string of dominating victories from 145 to 182 points on Thursday to score a 39-22 victory against DeKalb.
The Saints improved to 16-1 in duals as Keone Derain (145), Ramon Lopez (152), Brad Kearbey (160), Cam Carlson (170) and Jordan Meadows (182) provided the key spark the team knew would be crucial against the Barbs.
“As a whole, we wrestled very aggressive,” Saints coach Jason Potter said. “We had a couple bad matches, but even a couple that were real tight, where we knew we had their best kids, we still were competitive. There still were some things on tape that we can learn from and correct for next week as we keep preparing for regionals.”
In what Potter called the “match of the night” highly-touted Barbs 132-pounder Doug Johnson edged East’s Isaiah Vela in a narrow decision, handing Vela just his second loss this season.
One of three individual champs for the Saints at last weekend’s Upstate Eight Conference meet, Vela competed with Johnson throughout, which encouraged Potter.
“Isaiah’s wrestling at a high level,” Potter said. “That’s the kind of caliber kid that’s in the running to win the state title, and we were right there with him.”
St. Charles East 58, Streamwood 51: At St. Charles, Jake Asquini scored each of his 11 points within about one minute at the start of the fourth quarter, keying a 14-2 run that enabled East to pull away.
“He had two 3s in the corner, stole the ball in the press, hit two for a layup and hit another three,” Saints coach Pat Woods said. “We went on that run and really took control.”
East (12-7, 5-2 UEC River) trailed, 37-35, entering the final quarter.
Leading scorer Dom Adduci (24 points) also shined for the Saints, swishing four treys and shooting 50 percent from the field overall while contributing five steals. Tyler Windau added nine points.
St. Charles North 55, East Aurora 50: At St. Charles, North adjusted to East Aurora’s 2-3 zone in the fourth quarter, playing aggressively down the stretch to notch a UEC crossover win.
“We made some mistakes defensively, didn’t have a whole lot of energy on either end of the floor,” North Stars coach Tom Poulin said. “In the fourth quarter, we picked up our intensity and got a hard-fought victory.”
Quinten Payne scored 17 points to boost North (11-7). Tony Neari added 12 points and six assists.
St. Charles North 96, Waubonsie Valley 89: At St. Charles, North eked out a UEC dual win on the strength of victories in two of three relays. Nick Kowaleski and Spencer Gray both were part of the team’s victorious 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Austin Stapella and David Chokran joined them on the medley, while Stephan Hutchinson and Kyle Gannon competed with the winning freestyle relay.