Wrestling: Lincoln-Way East defeats Providence 47-17
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 14, 2013 7:46PM
Lincoln-Way East's Patrick McGowan pins Providence's Justin Gardner in the 145 weight class at the Minooka Duals meet held at Minooka, Illinois, on Saturday, December 14, 2013. | Larry Kane/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 14, 2013 7:46PM
Lincoln-Way East senior Brendan Gaynor bounced back with a vengeance Saturday.
A day after suffering a tough defeat to Bolingbrook’s Elijah Bavaro, one of the state’s better 132-pounders, Gaynor rebounded to go 3-0 at the Minooka duals. He won each match by pin.
“It was clicking. Sometimes you just come out on top,” Gaynor said. “I came back from that loss and was able to go 3-0, so that’s a pretty good feeling.”
The four-year starter helped Lincoln-Way East to a 47-17 victory over Providence. The Griffins lost their two other duals, falling 55-18 to Edwardsville, one of the top teams from the St. Louis area, and Minooka.
“I’m progressing toward my goals right now,” Gaynor said. “I want to make it downstate this year. I want to place in state.”
East and Minooka duked it out to a 37-all tie, but the host Indians won based on tiebreaker criteria, which came down to most near-fall points.
Heavyweight Nick Allegretti went undefeated for East, upping his record to 13-0 with a pin, major decision and win by forfeit. Allegretti is considered one of the premier heavyweights in the state this season. He’s committed to play football at Illinois.
“In football, I’m really heavy-pounded, so I had to get back to being light on my feet,” Allegretti said. “I didn’t have much time to get ready, but it’s come back.”
Homewood-Flossmoor beat Leyden 39-33 but lost to Yorkville 51-21. The Vikings also were scheduled to face O’Fallon but snowy weather kept O’Fallon from making it to Minooka.
“We got the third-round bye,” H-F coach Brett Geijer joked.
Geijer said the Vikings were without six starters, including standouts Connor Bandy and two-time state qualifier Mike Burke. Bandy is expected back from injury around Christmas and Burke should be back sometime in January as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Providence lost all three of its matches but received a strong showing from 170-pounder Matt Glenn, who is 11-2 on the season.