EDGINGTON -- A gutsy comeback needed a memorable finish andDerek Mizaur calmly handled the conclusion.|
Needing a victory to guarantee that a three-year streak continued, Mizaur, a Sherrard 160-pound sophomore wrestler, delivered in the clutch. Mizaur's decision victory in the final bout over Wade Thiele broke a tie with Pittsfield, giving the Tigers a 38-35 win in their finale at the West Central Conference Super Duals on Saturday afternoon.
The victory extended Sherrard's league winning streak to 24 duals.
"I owed it to my teammates," Mizaur said. "I knew I had to do it for them."
Before Mizaur's win, the Tigers needed some heroics. With three bouts remaining, Pittsfield held a 35-23 lead heading into the 145-pound match. Needing at least two pins to get any chance at saving the streak, Nathan Miller (145 pounds) and Isaac Goldner (152) obliged.Miller secured a second-period pin, and Goldner needed 42 seconds to complete a fall, forging a 35-all tie with one bout left.
The streak suddenly rested on Mizaur's shoulders.
"Dylan's determined just like his older brother Derek (who won a state title three years ago)," Sherrard coach Jeff Garrett said. "I was pretty sure he'd get a victory for us."
A 2-0 first-period lead by Mizaur was doubled early in the second with a near fall. Mizaur then allowed an escape, making it 4-1 heading into the third. Thiele then secured a two-point near fall as Mizaur chose down to start the period, but Mizaur still led 4-3.
Still in the down position, Mizaur secured a match-sealing reversal with a minute left. He then rode Thiele out to get the win.
"I wrestled smart," Mizaur said. "I kept my teammates in mind that they all worked hard. We deserved to win. I had to get it for them."
The Tigers, who forfeited two weights and received four falls from 285-pound junior Ben Corlett, rolled to victories over Camp Point Central (60-20), West Hancock (56-24) and Illini West (63-12), setting up the finale against Pittsfield.
The four victories mean Sherrard has not lost a dual since joining the West Central Conference three years ago.
"Awesome," Garrett said. "It's good for these young men."
Orion wins three: Despite forfeiting six weight classes, Orion won three of its five duals. The Chargers beat Camp Point Central (43-28), West Hancock (47-24) and Illini West (42-21), but fell to Pittsfield (58-24) and Macomb (36-30).
Nick Sinde, Jacob DeVolder and Joe DeVolder each had five wins for Orion.
"Our guys are performing better," Orion coach Dan Diamond said. "We need to get some matches under our belts. We have some real quality kids, but the rest of them are young. We got what we came for."
Rockridge snags two victories: A young Rockridge lineup showed promise in victories over Camp Point Central (48-34) and Illini West (52-22). The Rockets nearly had a third victory, but dropped a 40-39 decision to West Hancock on the eighth tiebreaker, the most first takedowns.
In the other two duals, Rockridge lost to Macomb (51-30) and Pittsfield (51-32).
Freshmen Braysen Singleton and Dylan Peterson each finished the day with five victories.
"We've got some guys who know they have a lot of work to do conditioning-wise," Rockridge coach Jeff Schmulbach said. "But we had a couple young guys who wrestled really well and some older guys who did their jobs."
Titans fall: Monmouth-Roseville dropped a 45-36 decision to Pittsfield in its lone dual of the day. Justin Kinney (113 pounds), Chuck Jacobson (120), Josh Logsdon (126), Alex Smyers (138), Kaleb Carlson (145) and Lane McIntyre (152) all had victories for the Titans.
"Pittsfield got some momentum early and rode on it," Monmouth-Roseville coach Robert Reedy said. "Our younger guys wrestled pretty hard. Being a young team, we wrestled hard in all the matches. I'm not totally disappointed."
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