Cassioppi brothers earn State

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Photo courtesy of Marianne Kaiser Hononegah's Josh Ryberg, left, flips his opponent during Saturday's sectional in Barrington.

BARRINGTON, ill. - Unbeaten, unchallenged and state-bound. That's once again the story for Hononegah senior star heavyweight Tony Cassioppi.

The nation's fourth-ranked heavyweight remained undefeated with wins via a medical forfeit and two first-period pins. Cassioppi has yet to be scored upon since losing in the state semifinals of his sophomore season.

He defeated Jose Ramos of Mt. Prospect when he pinned him at 1:26 of the first period.

Joining Cassioppi in Peoria will be his younger brother Giovanni, who finished third at 138 pounds. He fell 2-1 in the semifinals but bounced back by pinning Gannon Kasowksi of Huntley in the first round.

Nate Kaiser (220) made it to the semifinals before falling, and the same was true for Zach Fausel (120). All other Indians fell in either the first round or the quarterfinals.

Preliminary at the state meet in Champaign begins Thursday.

• WIAA REGIONALS: Several local wrestlers advanced to the WIAA sectionals in various divisions.

In the Division 1 regional meet in Elkhorn, Beloit Memorial advanced four wrestlers to Saturday's sectionals. Linzell Burks (195) placed second after being pinned in 28 seconds in the finals by Badger's Patrick Keplar.

Matthew Lindley (220) also recorded a second-place finish after falling to Elkhorn's Dakota Biefeld in overtime.

Heavyweight Amaurii Grosskopf, who spent the majority of the season on the basketball team before re-joining the wrestling squad, was pinned in 29 seconds in the finals by Keeanu Benton of Janesville Craig (40-1).

The final Beloit advancer was Tyler Sireci (182), who placed fourth. The Knights will compete in Saturday's sectional at Fort Atkinson.

In the D-2 regional held at Belleville, the Brodhead Cardinals advanced five.

Brodhead's Jackson Hauri (152) defeated Nolan Kicmol in overtime to win the regional. Trent Davis (220) defeated Reed Farrington of Edgerton two win his weight class, while Kaleb Erb (160) and Russell Waeffler (16-17) placed second.

In the same meet, Turner's Jack Sagaitis placed first by beating Austin Scofield of Evansville 9-5 at 126. Trey Griinke (195) advanced by beating Collin Roberts in the finals, while Emiliano Reyes (182) will join them at Saturday's sectional in Richland Center after Reyes was second.

Clinton sent two wrestlers to sectionals as Colin Warpula (138) and Jacob Merimon (220) each placed second.

In the Division 3 meet held at Parkview, the host Vikings sent four wrestlers along. Gavon Brown (182), Korben Brown (145) and Conner Nolan (138) all were first while Chase Carratt (182) was second.

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