CRYSTAL LAKE – Cary-Grove got off to a slow start wrestling Crystal Lake South on Thursday but came back strong to win, 42-20.
After dropping the first three matches by decision, the Trojans got pins from Garrett Glueck at 152 and Josh Dermont (182) to help erase the deficit.
Heading into his 285 pound match, Jeremy Dermont was focused on winning with an eye on getting some bonus points – C-G was down, 20-18.
“I had to step it up,” Jeremy Dermont said. “I was definitely looking at the team score.”
Jeremy, a senior, said he doesn’t wrestle his junior brother a lot in practice, but when he does, it gets pretty intense.
“Wrestling with my brother gets a little hectic,” Jeremy Dermont said. “It definitely toughens him up. I do beat on him.”
With the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win against South and a win against Harvard last week, Cary-Grove is gaining confidence early in the season.
“It definitely boosts us up,” Jeremy Dermont said.
The intensity of the practice room is another big reason for optimism for C-G coach Ryan Ludwig. That goes for both the varsity and lower levels, which he said is critical for building a successful program.
“We’ve had some wars in the room for spots,” Ludwig said. “Our practice room has gotten a lot tougher.”
Starting with a decision by Nick Huff at 220, the Trojans won the remaining six matches to seal the victory. John Cullen won by pin at 106. Logan Hanselmann hung on for a, 1-0, decision against Casey Callahan at 126.
Also winning by decision for C-G were Dale Charlier (113) and Emerson Kersten (170).
The Gators started strong with decisions by Nick Gil (132), Eric Barone (138) and Nick Peters (145) to go up, 8-0. South capped its scoring with pins by Nick Dorn (160) and Brian Pence (195).
Dorn was down, 2-1, heading into the third period against Caleb Willeford and got the pin at 5:37.
South coach Ross Ryan said C-G wrestled well, particularly at the bottom of the lineup.
“Their bigger guys did what they were supposed to do,” Ryan said. “They match up well with us.”
Whether they win or lose a match, Ryan said they will build on the positives and work to improve the negatives.
“I like the way we started,” Ryan said. “There’s a lot our guys can still work on.”