ANTIOCH – Last season, a packed lineup forced Crystal Lake Central’s Andrew Marsden out of regionals.
Now a sophomore, Marsden was one of six Tigers to punch his ticket for the state tournament in Champaign at the Class 2A Antioch Sectional.
Marsden, ranked second, defeated third-ranked Michael Maduko of Montini, 6-2, for the 170-pound championship. Marsden wrestled defensively, waited for Maduko’s mistakes and hit a spladle in the final seconds.
“When they make a mistake, then I take my chance,” Marsden said. “It feels pretty good.”
Kyle Fugiel (145) finished in second for the Tigers, Mike Zalesco won a 9-0 major decision for third place at 160, Justin Ellman (182) took second on injury default, Brent Pfaff took fourth at 195, and Darwin Stone recorded a fall in 2:30 for third place at 220.
Central coach Justen Lehr was impressed with the wrestling of Pfaff and Stone. Pfaff weighed in at 176 for 195-pound class, while Stone came in at 191 for 220.
Garrett Sutton of Richmond-Burton captured the title at 152 with a 11-2 major decision over Damon Cloe of Marengo for his third state appearance.
Sutton said he’s more comfortable this season compared to his past two seasons and has his eyes on the podium at state.
“It’s a stepping stone,” Sutton said. “I just want to take the next step and win this.”
After recording his 100th win of his career for the Indians, Cloe said qualifying for state has been part of an enjoyable senior season.
“It’s been a pretty great ride,” Cloe said. “It was a lot of work in the offseason. I just have to get to that podium now.”
Sutton was one of three Rockets of qualify for state. Cameron Kennedy suffered his first loss of the season, falling 6-4 to Jordan Laster of Montini in the 126-pound final. Kennedy came in ranked first, with Laster second.
Grant Sutton also finished second for R-B, falling 8-1 to Vince Turk of Montini.
Woodstock North claimed its first state qualifier in Cody Barnes, who won, 5-0, for third place at 195, hitting a reversal with back points at the end of the second period to score the only points of the match.
“I feel really proud,” Barnes said. “I was qualifying for the program and for my school.”
Johnsburg qualified four for state, with Brandon Peshek (120), Brian McKay (126), Christian Nugent (195) and Brandon Boyle (285) all making it. Nugent took second, Peshek and Boyle took third and McKay took fourth.
Along with Cloe, Marengo qualified Corey Graham (113) and John Lesiak (220).
Nick Remke (138) took third with a 6-3 decision for Marian Central. Hampshire qualified Travis Keeling (170) and Anton Krocko (182).