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Lincoln-Way Central’s Robbie Mikenis (right) beat Hinsdale Central’s Juwan Edmonds in one of the 138 pound matches at Plainfield Central, Saturday morning December, 1, 2012. | Ray Luna ~ For Sun-Times Media
For Lincoln-Way Central senior Matt Schneider, Saturday’s Plainfield Central quadrangular was anything but the usual.
Schneider, a 170-pounder and team captain, suffered a busted eye in a 3-1 victory over Hinsdale Central’s Keith Schmidt in his first match of the day.
“He went in for the blast-double and got me right in the eye,” Schneider said. “It wasn’t even that hard of a hit, really, but it started swelling up in 10 seconds and I could see my eye dripping blood.”
After the match, trainers sent Schneider to the hospital for X-Rays and to get the eye — now swollen shut — drained. Schneider followed suit, begrudgingly missing his second contest against Downers Grove South.
“I was frustrated. I wanted to put the mask on to keep on wrestling,” he said. “We we’re waiting (at urgent care) for about an hour-and-a-half — so much for immediate care. They told us it wasn’t safe to drain.”
Showing incredibly moxie, Schneider came back, put on the mask and wrestled against Plainfield Central in the unofficial quad title match after both schools went 2-0 to start the day.
Schneider secured a pin over Akwasi Aikins with 1:24 remaining in the second period, giving Lincoln-Way Central a 30-25 lead. The Knights would go on to win 39-31 after Ryan Gromnicki (220 pounds) notched a pin, his second of the day, over Andrew McAllister at 1:04 of the first frame in the final match.
“This boosts my confidence so much,” Schneider said. “I wrestled (Sandburg’s) Collin Holler on Thursday. He’s the number one kid in the state and I lost to him 3-2. I was disappointed that I lost but it shows that I’m right up there with those guys.”
Returning state medalist Robbie Mikenis (138) went 3-0 for the Knights, along with Danny Harris (106), Tyler Schneider (152) and Brendan Ditchman (182).
Two consistent bright spots for Plainfield Central have been state medalists Jordan Ellingwood (195) and Nick Nasenbeny (132), both going 3-0 on the day.
“Were a young team,” Ellingwood said. “We defintely could have beaten (Lincoln-Way Central). We battled with them all dual, and I bet you later in the season we’ll come out on top.”
Lincoln-Way Central defeated Downers Grove South 46-22 and Hinsdale Central 35-17.
Plainfield Central topped Downers Grove South 45-16 and Hinsdale Central 33-28.
Hinsdale Central beat Downers Grove South 41-20.