Wrestling: Glenbard North turns back Sandburg
By Mike Clark email@example.com January 11, 2014 8:48PM
Glenbard North's Paul Pennington (top) wrestles Sandburg's Matt Frostman in a 220-pound match during Saturday's meet at Sandburg High School in Orland Park Saturday, January, 11, 2014. | Jim Boyce/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 13, 2014 6:54AM
One look at Jered Cortez’s body language and you could tell Saturday’s match at Sandburg was not just another dual.
Cortez took care of business for Glenbard North on the mat with a technical fall at 132 pounds. He spent the rest of the meet doing about as much coaching as Mark Hahn and his assistants, popping up out of his seat or crouching down, barking out advice all the while.
There was a reason Cortez was so into the match, which Glenbard North won 38-25.
“This is the first time that I’ve been on Glenbard North’s team that we’ve beaten Sandburg,” the Illinois-bound senior said. “I’m kind of pumped about that.”
There have been a few losses over the years, including one in the Class 3A semifinals in 2012. But the Panthers dominated the lower weights during a six-bout win streak and Sandburg couldn’t catch up.
“I respect how hard they wrestle,” Sandburg coach Eric Siebert said. “Today they took it to us and did what they needed to do.”
Sandburg opened with a 7-5 overtime win by Matt Frostman over Paul Pennington at 220, but then Glenbard got rolling. The Panthers led 29-3 at the match’s halfway point.
Glenbard had falls from freshman Austin Gomez (ranked No. 3 in 3A by IllinoisMatmen.com), tech falls from Pat Augustyn (No. 12 at 120) and Cortez (No. 1 at 132), a major decision from Kirk Johanson at 113 and a 10-3 decision by second-ranked Jon Marmolejo over Christian Robertson at 126.
It was another dominant showing by the Panthers’ lower weights, who have been the program’s strength in recent seasons.
“We hate to keep leaving it up to them,” Hahn said. “Our upper weights are getting better but we have a lot of room for improvement.”
Apart from a forfeit at 285, Glenbard got a 7-1 decision from Colton Wagner (170) and ninth-ranked Luke Greenberg’s match-ending 3:01 pin at 195.
Cortez feels confident that progress will come.
“We’re in the hardest phase of our training cycle,” he said. “Our bodies are getting beat up but we’ve just got to train through it and be ready for the state series. ... You don’t win state titles in December or January or midseason. That’s not when it counts.”
On the other side of the mat, Sandburg senior John Pellegrino was taking a similar approach.
It’s been a transition year for the Eagles, who graduated three individual state champs from a squad that won its second straight 3A title.
“Some guys need to step it up a little more but as a team we’re making progress,” said Pellegrino, who had a 12-2 major decision at 145. “As the season goes on, they’ll all get better, get tougher. We’ll be a different team at the end of the year. We always are.”
Sandburg also had a 4:48 pin by Hunter Pindell at 182, a 17-2 tech fall in 4:55 from Brian Krasowski at 160, a 13-5 major decision by Tom Slattery at 152 and an 8-3 decision by Ben Schneider at 138.