Wrestling: Lockport trims Sandburg 29-27
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 16, 2014 9:46PM
Updated: February 18, 2014 6:28AM
The Lockport wrestling program couldn’t have asked for a better week.
After the Minnesota Vikings’ hiring of wrestling alum Mike Zimmer as the newest NFL head coach, the Porters celebrated Senior Night on Thursday with a 29-27 victory over rival Sandburg to take the driver’s seat in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.
Sandburg, the two-time reigning Class 3A state champ, had reeled in every SouthWest Suburban title since Lockport’s last conference crown came in 2009. The Porters must beat Bolingbrook on Friday for the title outright. They will be a heavy favorite in that match.
“Getting a win against Sandburg is always nice. I think they’re the best program in the state,” Lockport coach Josh Oster said. “Maybe not the best team year in, year out, but they’re always in the top 10 or top five. They’re well coached, and their kids wrestle hard.”
Sandburg took a 6-0 lead after wins from heavyweight Matt Frostman and Louie Hayes (106), but Lockport ripped off five straight decisions — fueled by seniors Brian Rossi (113), Dan Radcliffe (132) and Dominic Naso (138) — to take a 19-6 advantage. Naso fought through severe leg cramps, which were visible from the stands, to beat Ben Schneider 3-2.
“Before my match I felt them cramp up, so I knew it was going to be a ticking time bomb from there,” Naso said. “I had to wrestle through it. It hurt really bad, but I just had to not think about.”
Sandburg’s John Pellegrino, third in state last season, stopped Lockport’s winning streak with a first-round fall at 145. He and teammate Patrick Brucki (170) were the only wrestlers who notched pins Thursday.
Hunter Pindel, whom Sandburg coach Eric Siebert noted as a standout, earned a win at 182 to give the Eagles a 24-23 lead. But Sandburg then forfeited against undefeated Tyler Johnson (195) and trailed by five.
“It’s pretty exciting to beat Sandburg,” Naso said. “We haven’t beaten them since I’ve been here.”
The evening’s most competitive match came when Sandburg’s Tom Slattery topped Lockport freshman Trevell Timmons at 152. Slattery took an early lead and survived a late Timmons rally for a 7-6 decision.
Vince Dietz (160), Shayne Oster (126) and Cameron Roat (120) added wins for Lockport.