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Minooka coach Jeff Charlebois wanted to see how well his squad matched up with one of the state’s best Friday against Oak Park-River Forest.
After the top-ranked Huskies won all but two of the contested matches in a 51-13 victory, the Indians boss got his answer.
Minooka (11-6) is hoping for an eighth state trip in 10 years, but learned it has a ways to go to compete with last year’s Class 3A runner-up.
One problem is that Corbett Oughton, a four-year regular and returning place-winner for the Indians, has missed most of the season because of a dislocated elbow.
“We wanted to get a look at one of the best in the state,” Charlebois said. “If you aspire to be up there, you have to see where they’re at. And we got a display of how far away we are from them and where we need to make improvements.
“We’ve seen some good teams this year, but they’re in the top tier of teams who are contending for the state championship. We’re a long ways from them as far as a lineup perspective, a technique perspective and more important, from a cardio perspective.”
Oak Park-River Forest (14-0) won the first three matches for a 13-0 lead. Minooka’s initial win came in the seventh match and closed the gap to 23-10.
Bobby Campos accepted a forfeit in the opener at 106, Joe Robles followed with a 14-7 win over Andrew Potts and Gabe Townsell defeated Shane Mart 18-9.
After Minooka’s Bret Miller won by forfeit at 126, Oak Park-River Forest’s Isaiah White won 13-5 over Danny Ruettiger. The Huskies’ Jake O’Mara pinned Mike McNulty in 3:51.
Minooka got a victory at 145 when Carson Oughton defeated Johnny Gahagan 10-0 but Oak Park-River Forest’s Zach Pickering responded with a pin in 2:38 over Alex Lewan.
The Huskies then won the next four matches to build their advantage to 48-10.
Devonte Mahomes pinned Jeff Klank in 3:05 at 160, Al Stallings followed with a 3-2 victory over Chris Hiscock and Joe Ariola won 15-3 over Nathan Gunn.
After Andre Lee won via forfeit at 195, the Indians’ Eric Velazquez edged Malik Brumant 3-2 before Adam Lempke-Bell prevailed 3-1 over Kyle Williamson.