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Naperville Central's Shuji Mizoguchi put's Naperville North's Aryc Trotz in a half-nelson on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Naperville North High School in Naperville IL. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media

The Naperville Central wrestling team won 10 of 14 matches on its way to a 43-19 road victory over crosstown rival Naperville North on Thursday night.

The Redhawks started strong, getting a victory from Ryan Berg at 195 pounds to open the dual meet and then a second period pin from Luke Roth at 220 pounds to take an early 9-0 advantage.

“This was a dual that could’ve gone either way,” Redhawks coach Rob Porter said. “The score doesn’t tell the story. We just got a lot of breaks and got some momentum and that really was the difference.”

Shuji Mizoguchi (160), Hunter Stephens (145) and Justin Tardy (182) also snagged six team points apiece with wins by fall for Naperville Central.

“Basically I think the main thing was everyone was wrestling not to avoid losing or to not get pinned,” Stephens said. “We all knew what we had to do to win and we came out knowing that. I don’t think (Naperville North) had the same mindset that we did.”

Other winners for the Redhawks, included Mitch Lee scoring a major decision at 120 pounds and straight victories from Aidan Kehrli (126) and Louie Giovannetti (170), as well as Ben Williamson (138) and John Needham (152) who both went down to the wire and held on to edge Blake Bougadis and Chris Junior respectively, by a single point apiece.

“A lot of the teams we’ve seen this season are pretty evenly matched,” Huskies coach Tom Champion said. “If a team gets on a roll and then gets a couple pins, the match starts going the other way. That’s how we did so well awhile ago and that’s how Central did so well tonight.”

The veterans proved crucial for the Redhawks as they wrestled nine seniors and eight headed home victorious.

“A couple years ago we didn’t win this dual so we wanted it bad,” Tardy said. “We trained very hard for this over winter break and our biggest goal this year was to beat them, so we went right at them and never looked back.”

North was limited to just four victories. Wayne Yuan (113) and Chase Llannes (132) had impressive pins to lead the Huskies. Brandon Gilligan added a major decision at 160 pounds and the undersized Ben Obriecht’s overtime victory at 285 drew the biggest, and seemingly most interest, from the crowd, but that was it for the hosts.

“I thought our kids let them be aggressive against us,” Champion said. “We’ve got to figure out how to change that.”
Both teams are 3-3 in the DuPage Valley Conference.

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