Wrestling Roundup: 30 Area Regional Champs Crowned

Regional state tournament meets produced several Journal-area champions, but also some heartbreak Saturday, Feb. 6.

The top three wrestlers from each regional in each weight class automatically advanced to this week’s sectionals, but many Journal-area wrestlers came in fourth place. Those fourth place individuals most likely will see their seasons end, but still can advance as an alternate if injury, illness or otherwise sidelines a top-three wrestler.

Thirty Journal-area wrestlers won an individual regional championship last Saturday and all 20 Journal-area schools celebrated at least one automatic sectional qualifier.

Here is how Journal-area wrestlers performed at regionals.

Antioch Regional: Antioch 183, Wauconda 157, Carmel 154.5, Grayslake Central 110.5, Vernon Hills 103, Lakes 80.5, St. Viator 73, North Chicago 48

Sectional info: At Antioch on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13.

Advancing wrestlers from Journal-area to sectionals (by weight):

145 lbs.: Alternate – Mike Dziedzic (St. Viator, 22-13)

152 lbs.: Elijah Black (St. Viator, 22-4, 2nd place)

182 lbs.: Joey McIntyre (St. Viator, 22-7, 2nd)

220 lbs.: Alternate – Shaun Falbo (St. Viator, 12-5)

285 lbs.: James Valentino (St. Viator, 16-3, 1st)

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source: journal-topics.com