Lockport had no trouble cruising to a controlling 42-15 victory Thursday night, defeating the 3rd ranked team in 2A, Lincoln-Way West. Lockport did not trail in the team score once during the dual meet, which looked close on paper, but was anything but on the mat. The Porters split the first six matches with West, but went on an 8-0 tear to close the night out with a major victory.
George Wolfe, an honorable mention in the latest ranking, got the night started off on the right track for the Porters with a 2:53 over Lincoln-Way West's 10th ranked Grahm McClure. Chandler Proszek, also an honorable mention, followed up with a major decision to give Lockport a 10-0 lead.
Lincoln-Way West was able to get on the board by winning the next two matches. West's Gabe Montalvo, ranked #11, defeated Lockport's Nick Dado in a very close 4-2 match. At 182, Austin Atwood had a close first period with West's 6th ranked Trevor Schmidt, but was put to his back early in the second period for a fall in Lincoln-Way's favor.
The trade off continued at 195 and 220. Yusif Salah picked up another pin on the season at 195, while at 220, David Balderrama was put to his back during a close match and pinned by Jordan Bills of Lincoln-Way West.
That was the last match West would win on the night, as the Porters would win the next 8 consecutive matches to close the dual in dominating fashion.
At 285, honorable mention Ronald Tucker gained a 5-3 victory over Justin Bills. At 106, unranked freshman Anthony Molton picked up a close 4-3 decision over fellow freshman Chris Kennedy, currently ranked 4th. Matt Kronsbein scored a 5-0 victory over Jake Pakula at 113, and at 120 pounds, #2 Abdullah Assaf came out on top in an 8-6 victory over #3 Tom Buell in one of the more anticipated matches of the night.
At 126, #8 Brandon Ramos defeated Gehrig Simon by an 11-2 major decision, while HM Brendan Ramsey won a 6-4 decision over Brice Kittl at 132. At 138, Baylor Fernandes, an honorable mention, scored a takedown in the final five seconds to defeat 4th ranked Amier Khamis, 3-1.
In the final match of the night, #2 Shayne Oster took on Lincoln-Way West's #3 Kyle Ruettiger. It was a rematch of last year's conference championship final; a match in which Oster pulled out a close 3-1 victory. This year was a much different story - Oster still won, but in a much more dominating fashion, racking upmultiple takedowns and nearfalls en route to a 10-1 major decision., and a 42-15 victory for the Porters.
#4(3A) Lockport 42, #3(2A) Lincoln-Way West 15
152: HM George Wolfe LTHS fall #10 Grahm McClure LWW, 2:53 / 6-0
160: HM Chandler Proszek LTHS maj. dec. Josh Bohne LWW, 12-4 / 10-0
170: #11 Gabe Montalvo LWW dec. Nick Dado LTHS, 4-2 / 10-3
182: #6 Trevor Schmidt LWW fall Austin Atwood LTHS, 2:09 / 10-9
195: Yusif Salah LTHS fall Robert Noga LWW, 4:29 / 16-9
220: Jordan Bills LWW fall David Balderrama LTHS, 3:28 / 16-15
285: Ronald Tucker LTHS dec. Justin Bills LWW, 5-3 / 19-15
106: Anthony Molton LTHS dec. #4 Chris Kennedy, 4-3 / 22-15
113: Matt Kronsbein LTHS dec. Josh Pakula LWW, 5-0 / 25-15
120: #2 Abdullah Assaf LTHS dec. #3 Tom Buell LWW, 8-6 / 28-15
126: #8 (at 120) Brandon Ramos LTHS maj. dec. Simon Gehrig LWW, 11-2 / 32-15
132: HM Brendan Ramsey LTHS dec. Brice Kittl LWW, 9-4 / 35-15
138: HM Baylor Fernandes LTHS dec. #4 Amier Khamis LWW, 3-1
145: #2 Shayne Oster maj. dec. #3 Kyle Ruettiger LWW, 10-1
*Note: Remember, rankings are for respective classes. Lockport is 3A, Lincoln-Way West is 2A.
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