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Sycamore wrestlers blitz past Glenbard East at DeKalb tourney, enter fifth-place pool

After a loss and a forfeit win to start the Don Flavin Invitational, the Sycamore wrestling team appeared to be locked in a battle with Glenbard East.

But the Spartans rattled off seven wins in a row starting with a pin by Brayden Peet at 152, including five first-period pins, and took fifth place in their bracket Wednesday with a 54-19 win.

“It’s kind of a good gauntlet to have,” Sycamore coach Alex Nelson said. “Once we got to that stretch we knew we were going to be in pretty good shape.”

Sycamore fell to Yorkville Christian in the opener, 48-25, then had a bye in the consolation semis. The Spartans will face the fifth-place teams from the other three brackets starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

“We went against a couple pretty good teams,” said Jackson Funderburg, who had two pins and spent 31 seconds on the mat total Wednesday. “Yorkville Christian was definitely pretty good. We had good competition overall and wrestled well as a team.”

Peet started the blitz for the Spartans with a 59-second pin. Gus Cambier picked up a forfeit, then Zack Crawford got a pin in 26 seconds. After Gable Carrick picked up a forfeit, Tristan Countryman got a pin in just 19 seconds.

Funderburg topped his time by six seconds.

“We have a lot of really good guys ahead of me and that helps me out with energy and confidence overall,” Funderburg said. “I just want to keep the streak going.”

Lincoln Cooley wracked it up with a pin as time expired in the first period.

Funderburg is back after a year away from the school, and like a lot of the Spartans is coming off an extended football run that cut into how ready they were for wrestling.

“He has definitely solidified the 220-pound weight class,” Nelson said. “Obviously he goes out there, wrestles hard and competes. He had a great football season and we’re kind of getting him along from that. He lost a couple weeks because of that. But now we’re seeing him, Lincoln, Zack and Gus getting into that shape a little bit where they were struggling the first couple weeks because people had a two-week jump on them, a lot of them. Now they’re getting into form.”

Sycamore’s Jonathan Buckheister opened the Glenbard East match with a comeback win against Zach Poling. Trailing 2-1 after two periods, Buckheister started on the top as Poling selected the bottom.

Nelson said he was about 10 seconds away from telling Buckheister to cut Poling, but he was able to get the pin in 4:59.

“We always talk about you got to keep wrestling,” Nelson said. “Obviously he was down, kid chose bottom, and I figured we’d ride him for a minute and see how close we could get, then let him go and try to take him down to tie the match. He locked a cradle up, turned him over and once he got the three back points I knew we were in pretty good shape.”

Buckheister won two matches on the mat, as did Cooley and Peet. Cambier had a pin over Tyler Martinez of Yorkville Christian.

“Yorkville Christian we knew would be a tough one coming in,” Nelson said. “They have some tough guys that match up with our good guys, so it was a chance to get some good matches. Obviously Jackson wrestled really well. Lincoln beat one of their ranked guys, and so did Gus. Those were good wins to get.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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