ST. CHARLES – Sean Hayes first wrestled as a youngster, shifted to soccer, then wasn’t sure he’d look back.
On Friday, his new St. Charles East teammates were overjoyed Hayes had the desire to put on a singlet and headgear again.
Making his varsity debut on his birthday, Hayes, a senior, earned a first-period fall at 170 pounds in the Saints’ 68-12 romp against Larkin in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.
“There’s nothing like getting a pin on your first varsity match,” Saints coach Jason Potter said.
East (2-0 UEC River) handled the Royals on the heels of today’s Wheaton Warrenville South Mega Dual.
“We’re going to have our hands full,” Potter said, “so I hope we can get some momentum out of this.”
Marmion 48, St. Rita 17: At Aurora, Sammy Breen (170) and Nick Ferraro (182) had consecutive pins late in the dual to boost Marmion.
“I think that really kind of put a cap on the night,” Cadets coach Ryan Cumbee said.
Sycamore 41, Kaneland 38: At Sycamore, Kaneland was unable to make up ground on a 22-19 halftime deficit despite 13 points from Drew David. The Knights (2-2, 0-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) finished 3 for 8 from the free-throw line. David had three 3s. Ty Carlson added eight points.
St. Charles East 63, Larkin 32: At Elgin, East (2-4, 1-0 UEC River) snapped a four-game losing streak behind double-figure scoring from Hannah Nowling (15 points) and Kyra Washington (12). The Saints emptied their bench and created more breathing room after building a 12-point lead at halftime.
“We were very cold shooting in the first half. Got some decent looks at the basket, just weren’t falling,” Saints coach Lori Drumtra said. “In the second half, we worked on running a little bit more, so that opened it up for us.”
St. Charles North 46, Streamwood 42: At St. Charles, North held on for a victory in its conference opener after leading by 14 after three quarters. Nichole Davidson scored 17 points for the North Stars (2-4, 1-0 UEC River), while Morgan Rosencrants added 10.
Sycamore 50, Kaneland 37: At Sycamore, Kaneland finished 8 for 18 from the free-throw line in its conference opener. Ally VanBogaert tallied 10 points for the Knights (3-3, 0-1 NI Big 12 East). Brittany Kemp added seven points, and Kelly Wallner snagged six rebounds.
Wheaton Academy 39, St. Francis 32: At Wheaton, Wheaton Academy outscored St. Francis, 15-2, in the fourth quarter to notch a Suburban Christian Conference win.