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28 | February 16, 2017 | The glencoe anchor sports Wrestling Trevs trio moves on to state Lowell, Tangen, Ryan advance to state finals Neil Milbert Freelance Reporter Three New Trier wrestlers — 126-pound junior Jack Tangen, 138-pound junior Patrick Ryan and 195-pound senior Jake Lowell — have advanced to the state tournament at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center by virtue of their second-place finishes in the Barrington Class 3A Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tangen (33-6) lost the 126-pound championship match to Libertyville New Trier’s Jack Tangen takes control in a match at the Barrington Sectional Saturday, Feb. 11. photos by carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media freshman Danny Pucino (37-4) on an 8-5 decision after taking his two earlier matches on decisions. “Last year I was 0-2 so this year I was nervous,” Tangen said. “I had to persevere through the nervousness (to make it to the title match). I don’t think I wrestled my best (against Pucino) but I gave it my all.” Ryan (37-6) suffered an 8-6 loss by decision to Deerfield’s Kenny Kerstein (36-9) in a rematch of last year’s match for the 132-pound title. He made it to the 138-pound final via victories by technical fall and a fall in his other two matches. In the championship match, Ryan rallied after facing an 8-2 deficit going into the final period. “Letting up at the start is not a hole you can put yourself in and expect to come out on top,” Ryan said. “I’m happy I made it to the state tournament but it’s a little disappointing considering the circumstances. We’ve wrestled against one another five times in the last few years and the only times I’ve lost to him have been in the sectionals.” Lowell (17-4) lost to Warren’s undefeated Andrew Demos (40-0) on New Trier’s Jake Lowell competes against Harlem’s Dalton Hambrock. a 5-2 decision in their championship match but his disappointment over not being able to pull off an upset was offset by his satisfaction in recording an 8-4 decision over Harlem’s Dalton Hambrock (30-5) in the semifinals. “He was the guy who beat me last year in the sectionals,” Lowell said. “I thought about that match for an entire year. I knew he’s a thrower. He threw me last year so I was ready for him. He made a lastditch effort to try to take me down but I took him down.” Prior to avenging his 2016 loss to Hambrock, Lowell won his quarterfinal match on a fall at 5:06. The other four Trevians who wrestled in the sectional failed to make it downstate. The best of the rest was 132-pound senior Nick Elias (33-15), who dropped to the consolation bracket after losing a quarterfinal decision. There he won on a forfeit and took a 2-1 decision before being ousted on a 3-2 decision inflicted by Hononegah’s Aaron Leppert, who went on to finish fourth. New Trier 106-pound freshman Michael Mirialles (18-17) lost a major decision and then a fall; 170-pound junior Russell Sanchez (26-18) lost a pair of decisions; and 160-pound senior Bruno Frost (15-15) was eliminated on a pair of falls. Loyola Academy’s 195-pound senior, Andrew Gonzalez (30-11), won his first match by decision before losing on a fall at the hands of the eventual champion Demos. He then won his first consolation match on a fall at 1:57 and his second on a 2-1 decision before Hambrock ousted him on a fall in the semis. The Ramblers’ other wrestler at the sectional was 126-pound sophomore Aidan McKeag (27- 18), who won his first match on a major decision before suffering back-toback setbacks on falls. “Aidan qualified for the sectionals last year and this year,” Loyola coach Joe Haney said. “Next year we’re hoping to get him over the hump and make it to state. “Andrew was my biggest senior contributor. He didn’t make it to state but he reached a milestone today by winning his 30th match.” sports the glencoe anchor | February 16, 2017 | 29 Girls Gymnastics NT goes to state with at-large bid Faulkner takes 3rd in all-around at sectional tourney NEIL MILBERT Freelance Reporter The Hartley sisters performances made the difference, enabling Glenbrook South to defeat New Trier by a margin of .175 and capture the sectional championship on Feb. 6 at Stevenson. The Titans finished the meet with 145.45 points; the Trevians had 145.275; and third-place Carmel totalled 144.8. Carmel senior Samantha Lococo was the allaround champion with a score of 37.525, followed by GBS senior Hannah Hartley (37.4), New Trier freshman Avery Faulkner (37.175), GBS freshman Jenna Hartley (37.075) and Mundelein senior Taylor Shanahan (36.4). The team winners in the four sectionals will advance to the state meet on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 17- 18, at Palatine. There also will be four at-large teams — those emerging with the highest scores following the Stevenson, Fremd, Glenbard North and Oswego meets. The scores recorded by New Trier and Carmel at Stevenson made them at-large qualifiers. Individuals from nonqualifying teams who place in the top five in each event in the sectional will also compete in the state meet. Glenbrook North competed in the Stevenson Sectional but didn’t finish in the top five as a team and didn’t have any topfive finishers in individual events, so the Spartans’ season ended at the meet while GBS and New Trier gymnasts will compete at state. “Just do your best,” GBS coach Steve Gale told his girls before the sectional. “That’s all you can do. You aren’t out to beat anyone. Don’t worry about what other teams do. Do what you can do.” With the Hartley sisters showing the way, nobody did it better than the Titans in the sectional. In the parallel bars, Hannah Hartley finished first (9.5) and Jenna Hartley finished third (9.25). In the vault, Hannah Hartley was first (9.725) and Jenna Hartley tied for fifth (9.35). In the balance beam, Hannah Hartley tied for second (9.4) and Jenna Hartley was fifth (9.275). In the floor exercise, Jenna Hartley was third (9.2), while Hannah Hartley tied for 15th (8.775). “I was really proud of my floor,” Jenna Hartley said. “This is the best I’ve done all season. I knew if I stayed calm it would work out. I was calmer for this than I was for the regionals.” However, Jenna Hartley gets nervous when her big sister competes. “I can’t watch any of her routines,” she said. Hannah Hartley said she was “happy with bars and vault, upset because of my fall on floor” and “so proud” of the way her kid sister came through under pressure. Carmel and New Trier went into the meet as the teams to beat. In winning a dual meet last month, Carmel posted the top score in the state this season (149.55) while the visiting Trevians recorded the second-highest score — a school record 149.3. New Trier had edged secondplace GBS 146.25-144.725 in the Central Suburban League South meet and 143.2-143.7 in a dual meet at New Trier in December. Host New Trier won its regional with 147.175 points while the Titans took the regional they hosted with a score of 146.4. “We had a good conference meet; we had a better regional; and, considering the competition, we had an A-minus sectional,” Gale said. “All season long we’ve been working on getting healthy [for] this time of year. Now I’ve got all my girls back, but some of them have ankles taped and get heat on their backs.” According to coach Jennifer Pistorius, New Trier went into the meet with less than 100 percent preparation because “Emma Jane (Rohrer) had back spasms and didn’t practice for two days and Avery was out all week with stomach flu and could only practice on Saturday (Feb. 4).” “We tried to do what we’ve been doing and keep everything rolling,” Pistorius said. “We certainly have the talent, but we had some bumps along the way, some extremely uncharacteristic falls.” En route to finishing third in all-around, Faulkner was second in floor exercise (9.5), tied Hannah Hartley for second in balance beam (9.4), was fourth in vault (9.375) and tied for 12th in parallel bars (8.9). “I tried my best,” the freshman said. “Floor went really well but I was proud- Please see TrEvians, 26 Once a week is weak. You don’t have to wait until the paper arrives for your news. 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