Wrestling: Sandburg takes down Lincoln-Way East
By Curt Herron For Sun-Times Media January 4, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:34AM
After watching his wrestlers lose three meets on the final day of The Clash — a national dual meet competition in Rochester, Minn. — Sandburg coach Eric Siebert expected to see a different approach in their first action of 2013.
That was important, considering the Eagles likely could meet the squad they beat for last year’s state title, Oak Park-River Forest, during Saturday’s Sandburg duals.
Despite his team claiming a 46-9 SouthWest Suburban Blue win Friday night at Lincoln-Way East, the demanding Eagles coach was not pleased with what he saw.
“I’m looking forward to having our leaders step up and discuss some of things we’re seeing as coaches,” Siebert said. “I’m confident they will, because I think we need it.
“OPRF is obviously very good, and it’s a match-up we’re really looking forward to. If you want to think of yourselves as potential state champions, they’re a team you’ll certainly have to deal with.”
The Griffins won the first two matches before the Eagles (20-3) responded with six straight victories to help them to their 40th straight conference dual meet win.
“Sandburg is well-coached and has very talented kids, so it’s going to be hard to get wins at about any weight class,” Griffins coach Tyrone Byrd said. “But I would have liked to see our guys compete better.”
After Nicky Allegretti (285 pounds) and Sean Sibley (106) opened with decisions for East, Jim Pellegrino (113) and Jake Vales (120) answered with technical falls to put Sandburg ahead.
Brian Krasowski (126) and Ben Schneider (132) followed with major decisions, and Tom Slattery (138) and Alante Walker (145) won decisions to give the Eagles a 24-6 lead.
Kyle Langenderfer (152) got a decision for East’s other win before C.J. Brucki (160) won a major decision and Colin Holler (170), Chris Pajak (182) and Bill Gore (220) recorded pins.
“It’s time to get going and to push it into overdrive,” Brucki said. “The Clash was disappointing, since our reputation is about toughness. This week of practice hopefully brings out the toughness in our guys.”