Posted 2/9/22

Amboy High School wrestlers competed at the Sandwich High School Class 1A Regional on Saturday, Feb. 5.

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SANDWICH – Two Amboy wrestlers extended their season by another week after the Clippers competed in the Sandwich Class 1A Regional on Feb. 5.

Dylan Daniels at 145 pounds finished second in his weight class and Levi Near took third place at 120 pounds to advance to the sectional.

Daniels posted a 2-1 record, pinning Antoine Gifford of Plano at 1:36 in the first round and getting another pin at the 2:36 mark over Ethan Waters of Aurora Central Catholic to place him in the championship match. Daniels had to settle for second place after he was pinned by Nolan Bobee of Sandwich in 1:31.

Near also won two of three matches. He started off with a loss by pin to Zeke Schroeder of Elgin Harvest Christian Academy at 5:28 before winning his next two matches in easy fashion. Near pinned Marcos Garcia of Plano in just 44 seconds and then needed just two minutes to finish off Josefth Hernandez of Sandwich to claim third place.

Near and Daniels will participate in the Princeton Sectional to be held Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12. The top four wrestlers in each weight class move on to the state tournament.

Amboy had four other wrestlers in the regional and all lost both of their matches. They were Josh McKendry (126), Dan Bevan (152), Lucas Blanton (160) and Kole Beckham (220).

Feb. 5

Sandwich Regional

Sandwich 239.5, Wheaton Academy 152, Plano 125, St. Bede 83, Mooseheart 63, Amboy 30, Somonauk 29, Aurora Central Catholic 28, Elgin Harvest Christian Academy 18, Mendota 12

120 pounds – Zeke Schroeder (Harvest Christian) pinned Levi Near (Amboy), 5:28; Near (Amboy) pinned Marcos Garcia (Plano), 0:44; Near (Amboy) pinned Josefth Hernandez (Sandwich), 2:00

126 pounds – Cain Hernandez (Plano) pinned Josh McKendry (Amboy), 1:31; Aiden Rowen (Somonauk) dec. McKendry (Amboy), 12-2

145 pounds – Dylan Daniels (Amboy) pinned Antoine Gifford (Plano), 1:36; Daniels (Amboy) pinned Ethan Waters (Aurora Central Catholic), 2:36; Nolan Bobee (Sandwich) pinned Daniels (Amboy), 1:31

152 pounds – Chris Wallace (Mooseheart) pinned Dan Bevan (Amboy), 0:21; Caden Smith (Wheaton Academy) pinned Bevan (Amboy), 1:16

160 pounds – Vincent Herbig (Plano) dec. Lucas Blanton (Amboy), 10-9; Will From (Wheaton Academy) dec. Blanton (Amboy), 7-0

220 pounds – Gavin Hahn (St. Bede) pinned Kole Beckham (Amboy), 0:33; Kaiden Gustafson (Sandwich) pinned Beckham (Amboy), 0:16