Wrestling: L-W Central’s Schneider shows perseverance
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 1, 2012 9:54PM
Plainfield Central’s Nick Nasenbeny (top) controls Downers Grove South’s Anthony Dicistofano during the 132 pound match at Plainfield Central, Saturday December, 1, 2012. | Ray Luna ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 3, 2013 6:28AM
For Lincoln-Way Central senior Matt Schneider, Saturday’s Plainfield Central quadrangular was anything but the usual.
Schneider, a 170-pounder and team captain, suffered an eye injury in a 3-1 victory over Hinsdale Central’s Keith Schmidt in his first match of the day.
“He went in for the blast-double and got me right in the eye,” Schneider said. “It wasn’t even that hard of a hit, really, but it started swelling up in 10 seconds and I could see my eye dripping blood.”
After the match, trainers sent Schneider to the hospital for X-rays and to get the eye, which had become swollen shut, drained. Schneider begrudgingly went, missing the match against Downers Grove South.
“I was frustrated. I wanted to put the mask on to keep on wrestling,” he said. “We were waiting (at urgent care) for about an hour and a half — so much for immediate care. They told us it wasn’t safe to drain.”
Showing incredible moxie, Schneider came back, put on the mask and wrestled against Plainfield Central in the unofficial title match with both schools 2-0 on the day.
Schneider secured a pin over Akwasi Aikins with 1:24 remaining in the second period, giving Lincoln-Way Central a 30-25 lead. The Knights went on to win 39-31 after Ryan Gromnicki (220 pounds) notched a pin — his second of the day — over Andrew McAllister at 1:04 of the first period in the final match.
“This boosts my confidence so much,” Schneider said. “I wrestled (Sandburg’s) Collin Holler on Thursday. He’s the No. 1 kid in the state and I lost to him 3-2. I was disappointed that I lost but it shows that I’m right up there with those guys.”
Returning state medalist Robbie Mikenis (138) went 3-0 for the Knights, along with Danny Harris (106), Tyler Schneider (152) and Brendan Ditchman (182).