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52 | February 16, 2017 | The tinley junction sports Wrestling Three TPHS wrestlers are state-bound Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter Tinley Park wrestling coach John Pfeffer needed to talk with senior Joey Davies after the South Suburban Conference championship meet. Davies had just taken third place in a loaded 152-pound weight class, but they didn’t dwell on that. Instead, Pfeffer brought up the idea of Davies moving up to 160 pounds for regionals. “He had been wrestling 152 all year, but we thought 160 might be an easier path for him to qualify for state,” Pfeffer said. “We sat down, talked about it and looked at what the possible brackets would be. Ends up we were right on that.” Davies, a two-time state qualifier, is one of three Tinley Park wrestlers heading to state in Class 2A. Seniors Joe Petrauskas and Brandon Catledge earned their first trips to state by placing in the top four of the 182- and 285-pound weight classes, respectively, at Saturday’s Thornridge Sectional. Sophomore Jose Marban will be an alternate at 170 pounds. This is the eighth consecutive year that Tinley Park has qualified at least one wrestler for state. The state finals begin with preliminaries on Thursday and run through Saturday at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. There will be 16 wrestlers in each weight class. Davies (28-7) was Tinley Park’s highest finisher at sectionals, taking second in the 160-pound weight class. He never led in the championship match, losing 3-2 to Riverside-Brookfield’s Joey Swallow. Both are honorable mentions in their Class 2A weight class. “Swallow is a really strong kid on defense,” Pfeffer said. “We were trying to open him up and hit shots, and he kept blocking Joey. Joey is pretty aggressive on his feet, but [Swallow] did a good job to keep Joey away and defend shots.” Davies, a three-time sectional qualifier, will be making his second trip to state. He did not place at last year’s state tournament in the 152-pound weight class. Petrauskas (22-9), a firstyear varsity wrestler making his state debut, has been on a roll after missing the conference tournament with Bronchitis. He took second in the 182-pound weight class at regionals and beat Hinsdale South’s Tyvell White by a 15-6 major decision in the sectional third-place match. “He definitely was in control all the way through the match,” Pfeffer said. “He’s peaking at the right time of the year and is putting it together after he was out for two weeks being sick.” Catledge (30-8) placed fourth in the 285-pound weight class at sectionals, losing to Hillcrest’s Ezenna Cmadu by a 4-1 decision in the third-place match. Catledge had beat Cmadu, 9-8, the week before at regionals to win first. Sectionals was the fourth time this season they wrestled, splitting the matches 2-2. Catledge is in his first year on varsity after sitting out last year to train for football. He had last wrestled on junior varsity as a sophomore. “I had Brandon in [American History] class last year and talked with him about coming back because I knew we’d need someone to fill heavyweight with Adam Simon graduating,” Pfeffer said. “He said, ‘Yeah, I plan on it,’ and we’ve been working with him since the summer to get him back ready after missing the season.” Six other Titans had advanced from regionals to sectionals but didn’t automatically qualify for state. Those included seniors Jake Koepke (126), Justin Emmick (132) and Noah Furlough (220); sophomore Jose Marban (170); and freshman Dominic Rivera (106). Marban will be a state alternate since he lost to the sectional’s eventual thirdplace winner. He’s on the list of alternates in case a wrestler doesn’t make weight, is ineligible or can’t compete for a personal reason. Koepke and Emmick had made the state tournament last season. They and Davies were the only returners with varsity experience from last year’s team, which qualified eight wrestlers for state. “None of these three kids going to state wrestled before they got to high school,” Pfeffer said. “All three came through our program and have developed in such a Joey Davies (left) poses for a photo after taking second place in the 160 division at regionals. photo submitted short time to get this far. Even last year, six of our eight state qualifiers had never wrestled before high school. I think that’s a great accomplishment for the program.” Girls Bowling Andrew’s inconsistency keeps team from heading to state Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter For the first time this postseason, things weren’t coming easy for Lockport. The state’s No. 1 ranked team according to Illinois- had been in second place the majority of the day at the Andrew Sectional on Feb. 11 at Orland Bowl. As other teams started to fade late in the day, strong play from junior Bailey Delrose and a lineup change helped the Porters win the sectional title and earn their fifth consecutive trip to state. “It’s been a fantastic run, especially these last three years,” Lockport coach Art Cwudzinski said. “You don’t see girls with this ability this often, and all on the same team. It’s been a pleasure to watch them work and mature. They’ve accepted both the good and bad breaks.” Lockport was the only area school to advance to state as a team. Andrew’s Noelle Doody and Danielle Stefanski qualified for state, as did Sandburg’s Emily Schrader. Sandburg’s Sophia Jablonski advanced to state in the wheelchair division. Lincoln-Way West, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way Central and Tinley Park didn’t qualify any individual bowlers. The lowest individual advancing score was a 1259. The four highest-scoring teams and five top-scoring individuals who didn’t advance with a team moved on to state. The state finals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford. Andrew bowled its worst game of the postseason at the most inopportune time to finish in fifth place, which kept the team from advancing to state. The Thunderbolts bowled an 818 in the sixth game and saw their 19-pin lead over fifth-place Oswego turn into a 107-pin loss, 5,777-5,670. Their lead slowly eroded throughout the afternoon session after being in fourth place since the end of game three. Andrews’ day was defined by equal parts highs and lows. It bowled a seasonhigh 1069 in game three to move from fifth to fourth place with 3,000 pins after the morning session. Its previous season high was a 1,002 at regionals. The Thunderbolts led by 59 pins after game three and 57 after game four. Their lead fell to 19 after an 864 in game five. An 818 in the final game was their worst score across the conference championship, regional and sectional. Their 5,670 was 214 pins less than the 5884 they bowled at regionals. “It was super tough,” first-year Andrew coach Katie Gibson said through tears. “We were just too inconsistent today. That’s something we have to work on next year is our mental game and consistency. We weren’t picking up spares and hitting our marks. We just lost sight.” Despite missing out as a team, sophomore Noelle Doody and senior Danielle Stefanski advanced to state as individuals. Doody bowled a 1289 to finish seventh overall and second among individuals advancing without a team. Stefanski was 11th overall and fourth among qualifiers without an advancing team at 1264. “It’s great for Noelle and Danny to get through,” Gibson said. “They fought hard and helped keep us in it. They deserve to go on.” sports the tinley junction | February 16, 2017 | 53 Gymnastics Lincoln-Way wins sectional, advances to state Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter Lincoln-Way co-op and Sandburg co-op girls gymnastics dominated at the Oswego Sectional in their own ways. Lincoln-Way’s depth helped it win the sectional championship despite the team having its worst scoring performance of the postseason Thursday, Feb. 9, at Oswego High School. Junior Una Farrell qualified for state as an individual in all five events, while junior Gabby DeVito, sophomore Barb Belka and freshman Korina Jarosz qualified in one event each. “I’m just proud of the girls and proud of the season,” said Lincoln-Way coach Kim Lago. “They’ve fought so hard this season. We had a huge injury (junior Maddie Flondor) in December, and the girls just kept fighting through and came together as a team. It just was amazing.” After finishing second at sectionals the past two years, Lincoln-Way won its first sectional title since the 2005-06 season. The program will be making its first state appearance as a team since the 2007-08 season. “I can’t wait,” Farrell said of going to state with the team after qualifying as an individual the past two seasons. “It’s going to be so much fun just because everybody’s going to be there. We’re one big, happy family. I’m just so happy I get to experience this with all of them.” Lincoln-Way’s 144.075 points were 3.875 points better than second-place Downers Grove South’s 140.200. Lincoln-Way posted the best Una Farrell, who will make her third consecutive trip to state, competes in the vault. team score in vault (36.625), floor (36.275), bars (35.800) and beam (35.375). The 144.075 is a drop from its regional-winning score of 145.475, which was down from a season-high 145.95 to win the South- West Suburban Conference championship. It is also the lowest score of the four sectional winners: DeKalb put up a 148.575, Prairie Ridge posted a 147.850 and Glenbrook South had a 145.450. The second-half run has continued without Flondor, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in December. She was in her first season competing for Lincoln-Way after coming over from club gymnastics, and she was expected to be an all-arounder. “She would show up to practices and push us and make sure that we were working hard,” Farrell said. “We needed to make sure that we wouldn’t let her down because she worked so hard for us.” Farrell took third in allaround (36.475), finishing 0.025 points behind the firstplace tie (36.500) between Sandburg’s Maddie Giglio and Lyons Township’s Olivia Kalata. She placed fourth Lincoln-Way’s Barb Belka performs her floor routine Feb. 9, during the Oswego Sectional. Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media Lincoln-Way’s sectional title is the team’s first since the 2007-2008 season. on beam (9.075), tied for fourth on floor (9.200), took fifth on bars (8.925) and tied for fifth on vault (9.275). Last year, Farrell placed 28th at state on beam. She finished 32nd on vault as a freshman. “This is finally her moment to shine,” Lago said. “She knows what to expect, having been at the state series for two years. For her, this is the big part of the season, this is her exciting part, where for others it’s a lot of nerves.” Junior Gabby DeVito placed fourth on vault (9.300) to advance to state for the second straight season. She finished 26th on floor at state last season. Sophomore Barb Belka earned her first trip to state with a second-place finish on floor (9.300). It’s her first year competing for Lincoln- Way after she spent last year on a club team. Freshman Korina Jarosz will also be making her state debut after taking second on bars (9.325). Jarosz, the SWSC all-around champion, finished 11th in all-around (34.800). “We have yet to have a meet where we hit five-forfive routines,” Lago said. “That’s really our goal at state is to show everybody that hey, Lincoln-Way is a great program, and we’re somebody that everybody’s going to have to watch out for.” Sandburg, the only other area team at the sectional, had a gymnast win all five events, but the top-heavy, young Eagles finished fifth out of six as a team. Freshman Maddie Giglio won the all-around title, and she and junior Maddy Roe qualified for state as individuals in four events each. “The two of them together give us a great 1-2 punch,” Sandburg coach Mike White said. He added: “This is valuable experience, especially for those younger ones who had some falls tonight. We had seven falls last week, so I said, ‘Let’s try and cut it in half,’ and we had eight on the first event on beam. That made it easier for me to lighten the load and say, ‘Let’s have a little fun with this, let’s work on what we need to work on.’” The highest-scoring team and top five individuals automatically qualified for state. At-large advancers will be announced on the IHSA website.