Local wrestlers won 15 of 36 first-round matches Thursday in the state finals at Assembly Hall in Champaign.
In Class 1A, Harvard’s Anthony Luis (106 pounds) and Irvin Pena (120) advanced to the quarterfinals with pins.
Crystal Lake Central advanced four wrestlers in Class 2A. Kyle Fugiel (145) and Mike Zelasco (160) won decisions, Andrew Marsden (170) had a third-period pin, and Darwin Stone (220) won by major decision.
Richmond-Burton’s Cameron Kennedy (126) won by major decision and Garrett Sutton (152) won by technical fall. Also in 2A, Marian Central’s Nick Remke (138) won by pin, Johnsburg’s Christian Nugent (195) won a decision, and Marengo’s John Lesiak was pushed to the limit but won in an ultimate tiebreaker.
In Class 3A, Prairie Ridge’s Travis Piotrowski (106), Cary-Grove’s Michael Cullen (113) and Crystal Lake South’s Nick Gil (126) won by decision. Also in 3A, McHenry’s Wade Lardy (145) won by pin in 36 seconds.
Wrestlers who lost in the first round will have to wait to find out if they are eligible for the consolation wrestlebacks. A first-round loser advances to the back draw only if the wrestler who beat him reaches the semifinals.
Faith Lutheran 48, Harvest Christian 45: At Elgin, Andrew Tieman hit a pair of free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining as the Saints (7-19) knocked off the Lions (16-10) in a nonconference game.
Harvest had defeated Faith in two previous meetings and led most of the game, but the Saints kept it close and took the lead in the final 3:30. Harvest led, 45-44, in the final minute, but Ben Boyer scored in a 4-footer from the left baseline for a 46-45 lead.
Boyer logged a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Matt VanAntwerp led the Saints with 13 points and Jake Larson added 12. The Saints hit 9 of 10 free throws.
• Rob Smith and Joe Stevenson contributed to this report.