8 HHS wrestlers reach sectional

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Hononegah wrestling team is sending eight athletes along to the IHSA Class 3A sectional meet.

The Indians placed third as a team in Saturday's DeKalb Regional, behind champion Huntley and second-place DeKalb High School.

Continuing his historic unbeaten streak was heavyweight Tony Cassioppi, who pinned George Colbert of DeKalb in the semifinals before taking down Rockford East's Aydin Gutridge in 1:44 in the finals.

Nate Kaiser (220) also won his weight class, recording a win via decision in the semifinals before beating Huntley's Nik Wise 3-2 in the finals.

Tony Figueroa (182) defeated DeKalb's Logan Roach 1-0 in the finals to win his weight class. Giovanni Cassioppi (138) pinned his semifinal opponent, then defeated John Ridle of Algonquin Jacobs in the finals by a 3-1 score.

Mason Schewe (132) finished second, losing to Rockford East's Dontrell Johnson by a 3-2 margin in the finals.

The Indians had three wrestlers finish third, which was good enough to advance. Josh Rydberg (126), Zach Fausel (120) and Ben Zalapi (170) finished third and will compete in Saturday's sectional meet in Huntley.

• BIG EIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Beloit Memorial wrestling team had one champion, one third-place finish and a pair of fourth-place finishers at Saturday's Big Eight meet, held at Madison La Follette High School.

Linzell Burks (195) defeated Dion Huff of Middleton 8-4 in the finals to win his weight class. Ryan Caudle (heavyweight) defeated Patrick McDonald of Madison Memorial via a second-round pin in the third-place match.

The Knights' Tyler Sireci (182) and Fernando Badillo (152) each recorded fourth-place finishes.

• ROCK VALLEY CONFERENCE: Evansville-Albany edged out East Troy for the team title at Saturday's RVC Meet held at Jefferson High School.

The Blue Devils finished with a total of 238.5 points, while East Troy finished seven points behind.

Jack Sagaitis (126) of Beloit Turner fell to Austin Schofield of Evansville/Albany 3-2 in the finals.

Gavin Campbell (132) of Turner secured a third-place finish, as did Clinton's Colin Warpula (138) and Brodhead-Juda's Brian McCullogh (145).

Brodhead-Juda's (152) Jackson Hauri finished second after being pinned by Evansville-Albany's Nolan Kicmol. The Cardinals had two more second-place finishers in Kaleb Erb (16).

Turner's Emiliano Reyes (182) placed second as well, losing to two-time state qualifier Jimmy DuVal of Whitewater in the finals.

Turner's Phyllip Brown (195) recorded a fourth-place finish, as did heavyweight Dante Colorado.

• TRAILWAYS CONFERENCE: The Parkview Vikings picked up a pair of first-place finishes at Saturday's Trailways Conference meet, getting wins from Gavon Brown (182) and Conner Nolan (138) and a fourth-place finish from Emilio Colunga (170).

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