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Wrestling: Lockport turns back Joliet West

Updated: December 12, 2013 10:31PM

Lockport is the established power. Joliet West is an up-and-coming team.

The two locked horns Thursday night, and Lockport showed the host Tigers they still have a few things to learn.

Behind first-round falls from undefeated Tyler Johnson and state medalist Brian Rossi, Lockport secured five pins and won eight of 14 matches for a 39-25 SouthWest Suburban victory.

“I want to finish off people as fast as possible,” Johnson said. “I want to dominate this year. I don’t want anyone thinking their coming close to me.”

Nobody has been close. Johnson has been taken out of the first period just once all season. Thursday, he recorded a pin in 47 seconds.

Dan Radcliffe (132), Grant Ackland (152) and Vince Dietz (160) added pins for the Porters, who are 16-1 in dual matches.

“I don’t think I’ve wrestled my best yet,” Dietz said. “Last year I didn’t do anything. I qualified for state but went 0-2. I’m trying to pin everyone this year.”

The night wasn’t without its theatrics, however.

Lockport’s Pedro Mata (170) took a 15-5 lead over Jesse Hurtado but found himself on his back in the bout’s waning seconds. It appeared Hurtado would secure the fall to complete the comeback, but time expired leaving him on the short end of a 15-8 decision.

In the evening’s most compelling match-up, two regional champions and returning state qualifiers met at 138, where Joliet West’s Jayvin Bandy took an early 6-2 lead over Shayne Oster and hung on for a 9-7 decision. That was the third match of the contest and gave Joliet West a 7-6 advantage after an opening-bout win from Cory Winchell (126).

“(Oster) is funky like me,” Bandy said. “We scrambled in a lot of tough positions. I was just thinking about getting the win for my team.”

Joliet West trailed 33-7 after Johnson’s pin, but the Tigers ripped off two falls, by Matt Iwinski (220) and heavyweight Houston Thomas, to get to within 33-19.

West’s undefeated Darvell Flagg (106) then topped Abdullah Assaf 3-0 in a highly competitive match. West’s Nico Deltoro followed with a 6-2 decision over Sean Augello to make it 33-25 before the Stanford-bound Rossi closed things out with a fall.

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