ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East wrestling team handled Metea Valley, 57-10, on Thursday in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover dual meet, but the dominance wasn’t necessarily planned.
East benefited from falls from first-year varsity wrestler Sean Hayes – bumped up one weight class to 182 pounds – and from fellow senior Jose Flores at 220.
“The score’s kind of lopsided, but when you have matches like that that could go either way, that helps you turn the corner,” Saints coach Jason Potter said.
Potter called Flores’ effort his “best performance start-to-finish” of the season.
East closed the dual with victories from Keone Derain (152) and Ramon Lopez (160). Derain allowed a match-tying takedown with 12 seconds remaining in the third period but scurried to score a reversal at the buzzer to win, 5-3.
Genoa-Kingston 62, Burlington Central 59: At Burlington, Genoa-Kingston’s Tommy Lucca swished a running 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to provide a 61-59 lead. Central led the Big Northern Conference East game, 31-25, at halftime and 44-39 at the end of three quarters.
Grayslake Central 65, St. Charles North 49: At Grayslake, Sam Novak (13 points) and Nichole Davidson (11) finished in double figures for 5-7 North.
DeKalb 3,063, Kaneland 2,539: At Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, Dominique Lee rolled a 522 series for Kaneland, while Christie Crews finished with a 505 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 dual. Lee rolled a team-best 210 in her third game.
DeKalb’s Maddy Jouris had a 713 series that included a 296 game in which she started with 11 strikes.
“The entire Mardi Gras Lanes were hushed in awe as she approached the perfect score of 300,” Barbs coach Bill Holland said.