Wrestling: Hubs finish third at IHSA 2A Sycamore Regional

The Rochelle wrestling team qualified six boys for the sectional meet at RTHS this weekend. Above from left to right are Grant Thompson, Keegan Davis-Carter, Ben Harvey, Gavin Ansteth, Ethan Tooley and Caleb Nadig. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Six Rochelle matmen qualify for sectional tournament; Nadig wins 126-pound title

SYCAMORE — One match separated Rochelle 132-pounder Grant Thompson from earning his first-ever sectional berth during the IHSA 2A Sycamore Individual Regional on Saturday.

After falling in the semifinals, Thompson won his way into the third-place bout with a pin against Burlington Central’s Sayf Afeef. The junior squared off against Boylan Catholic’s Adam Monteleone for a spot in the sectional championships next weekend, and a 0-0 tie quickly disappeared as Thompson threw Monteleone down for a 51-second pin. Thompson (22-18) will be one of six Hubs going to the IHSA 2A Individual Sectional at Rochelle Township High School.

“It feels great since I wasn’t able to compete in the regional last season because of my concussion,” Thompson said. “I came into today’s meet thinking I was going to make it. After my loss, I knew that I would be done if I lost again, so I couldn’t let that happen. It’s another chance for me to make the state meet, and I’m hoping that I can make it.”

Thompson and sophomore Ethan Tooley (22-18) will both be representing the Hubs next weekend as first-time sectional qualifiers. Tooley took second place in the 145-pound bracket, earning a first-round bye before dominating Burlington Central’s Nathan Kim with an 11-0 major. Tooley was one of three Rochelle wrestlers to finish second in the regional tournament, joining 138-pounder Keegan Davis-Carter (28-9) and 182-pounder Ben Harvey (36-3).

“It feels really good, especially because I dropped out last season due to my weight,” Tooley said. “I was focused and ready to wrestle. I had faced that kid before, and I was able to finish him off. I’m really excited this season, and I’m hoping there’s a possibility for me to go to state.”

Sophomore Caleb Nadig (31-6) swept the 126-pound bracket to claim Rochelle’s only regional title on Saturday. Nadig polished off both Aurora Christian’s Adan Rocha and Sycamore’s Nicholas Lockhart with first-period pins to win the championship. Two Hubs placed third in the regional tournament including Thompson and 195-pounder Gavin Ansteth (24-10), who clinched his sectional spot with a pin in his conference rematch with Sycamore’s Jackson Funderburg.

Rochelle took third place out of eight teams with 129 points on Saturday. Three Hubs finished fourth including 170-pounder Bryan Garza (27-14), 152-pounder Zeke Horn (23-20) and 285-pounder Zack Capes (19-18). Senior Diego Escobar (10-9) earned one win in the 160-pound bracket, scoring two points for the Hubs.


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