Hinsdale Central crown six champs at own regional
Hinsdale Saturday 2/2/13 Hinsdale Central'sMatt Price battles with Downers Grove North's Pat Walker during their 106lb match. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 11, 2013 3:19PM
HINSDALE — The marquee matchup of the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional didn’t quite live up to the hype.
Seniors Jameer Thurman of Proviso West and Andrew Pyle of Hinsdale Central were stars for their schools on the football field in the fall and finally met for the first time this season on the wrestling mat in the 195-pound championship. Both will be signing Division I letters of intent Wednesday to play football next season: Thurman at Indiana State and Pyle at Penn.
On Saturday, Thurman scored all of his points in the third period to defeat Pyle 3-0. Both could meet again at Saturday’s Shepard Sectional. Thurman (30-1), ranked No. 4 by Illinois Matmen.com, hasn’t lost since Hinsdale Central’s Whitlatch Invitational Dec. 15.
“I feel good, but I’ve got to pick it up,” Thurman said. “It will be a lot tougher in the sectional.”
Pyle (28-7) moved down to 195 three weeks ago to open a spot for freshman Matt Allen (18-10), who qualified for the sectional by taking third at 220. Pyle also sees Thurman compete during track and field season.
“(Thurman’s) physique (is impressive). He’s such a strong kid,” said Pyle, who, like Thurman, competes in track during the spring. “I’ve known him from competing with him over the years. He’s a hard worker.”
The Red Devils scored 230 points to win their fifth regional title and second in a row. Runner-up Lyons scored 149 points. The Devils crowned six individual regional champions after placing all but one of their wrestlers in the semifinals.
Hinsdale’s regional champs were: Matt Price at 106; George Tolbert at 120; Juwan Edmond at 136; Ernest Battaglia at 152; Tim Glavin at 160; and Brian Allen (40-0) at 285.
Lyons’ champions were Jarvis Sanders at 132 and Eric Rende at 182.