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Seniors bow out in state brackets
Aguirre and Schultz end careers in Champaign, McFall makes debut at 113

by Kristin Sharp


Seniors Nick Schultz and Nick Aguirre had a goal of ending their high school wrestling careers in Champaign.

The duo did just that, and they were joined by junior teammate Andrew McFall at the Class 3A state finals in Champaign last weekend. All three advanced out of the Normal West Sectional the previous weekend.

"Our guys competed. They put themselves in positions to win; we just couldn't fight through and get it," Oswego head coach Andrew Cook said. "We battled and we were scoring points. We just didn't get the finish to the match like we wanted to."

At 113, McFall met Brother Rice's Rudy Yates in the prelims and lost a 7-2 decision to move into the wrestlebacks. There, he lost an 8-2 decision to Oak Park-River Forest's Alex Madrigal to end his season with a 33-7 overall record.

Yates went on to clinch fourth place overall, and Madrigal finished fifth.

Schultz, a returning 2012 state qualifier, stepped into the circle at 132 pounds and lost a 1-0 decision to Marist's Ameen Hamdan to move into the wrestlebacks. He lost a 5-3 decision to Chicago Lane's Danny Carlson to close his year at 24-7. Hamdan placed fourth overall.

At 138, Aguirre was the only Panther to have his hand raised in Champaign, clinching a 3-2 decision over DeKalb's Brad Green in the prelims to advance to the quarterfinals. He lost a 13-4 major decision to eventual champion Walter White Jr. of Oak Park-River Forest to fall into the wrestlebacks.

"The kid from Oak Park-River Forest was tough and we wanted to keep the match close, but in the second period the kid really broke that one open," Cook said.

Aguirre met Naperville Central's Ben Williamson and was pinned in 5:37. Aguirre closed his high school career with a 38-6 record.

"Both (Schultz and Aguirre) had goals to get to or get back to the state tournament and they accomplished that," Cook said. "With Nick coming off the injury he had last year, we didn't know where he would be at once the season started. I'm glad that he accomplished his goal to get back to the state tournament. He was in both of his matches."

Those two seniors will leave large holes to fill in Oswego's lineup, as well as other sectional qualifiers like Kushtrim Balazi (145).

"It's going to be hard to replace those seniors who qualified for sectionals. Between Nick Schultz and Nick Aguirre in their careers, they had over 170 varsity wins between the two of them," Cook said. "There are some good kids coming up, a good freshman group coming up, and they're excited about what they can do in the varsity lineup next year. It'll be nice to have McFall, Jack (Pradel), Blake (Huffmon) and those guys coming back as experienced varsity wrestlers to lead the path for the new guys."

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