In the 10-team wrestling tournament, which was held at Oak Park-River Forest, the Lyons Township put forward a complete team effort to be placed second overall. They didn’t have a single champion wrestler in the side, but still managed to place second overall.

The Lyons Township’s coach, Griff Powell, is extremely proud of his team’s achievements, which is apparent from the interview that he gave. He said that the quality of fighting in the days of the tournament were proof of how much the team had progressed in recent times.

Their team included two second place finishers in the form of Jack Bates and Adam Rodgers, and four third place finishers in the form of AJ Villareal, Justin Fuller, Carter Beebe and Jaime Jones. Going into the final round, the team was in fourth place. So, they had to step up their game. In order to do that, all the team members began putting in more hours at the gym and the outcome of that endeavor is plain for all to see.

In the conference dual-meet, Adam Rodgers met Marq Brumant and defeated him 4-2. Marq participates for OPRF and met Rodgers again, when the latter opened the bout with a 7-0 decision. Adam then defeated Austin Gadwel from the Arrowheads team in Wisconsin with a score of 11-2. Adam finally lost out to Luis Flores from Oswego 6-2. The defeat to Flores was an important learning step for Adam, who has a 19-6 record this year.

Bates’ opening on Saturday started with a pin on the mat and got an 8-5 decision over Luke Gruska from Oswego. Corbett Oughton of Minooka was dominant in the title match, which as one of the reasons behind the second-place finish of the Lions. The finish came after a grueling match against Hinsdale Central which finished 30-29.

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