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Lincoln-Way Central edges Lockport in final match

01/11/2013, 11:15pm CST
By Curt Herron

With just one match remaining in its dual at Lockport and the final outcome on the line, Lincoln-Way Central earned the 31-27 victory when Matt Schneider claimed a 13-4 win over Colin Cronberg at 160.

Things figured to be close when state-ranked Lincoln-Way Central and Lockport met on Friday in a SouthWest Suburban Blue Conference dual meet.

And that's just how things unfolded after the Knights and Porters battled to a draw with just one match remaining of their meet in Lockport.

With the final outcome on the line, Central's Matt Schneider claimed a 13-4 win over Colin Cronberg at 160 to give the visitors a 31-27 victory.

In a clash between the two favorites in next month's Class 3A Lockport Regional, the Knights trailed 27-21 with just two matches remaining.

Tyler Schneider recorded a fall in 2:33 at 152, and Matt Schneider followed with a major decision to improve Central to 19-2 on the season.

"A 'W' was going to give us the win so I knew what I had to do," Matt Schneider said. "It's not the first time that I've been in this situation so I went out and wrestled my match. As a senior and a captain I know that I have to step up in situations like this."

The Knights won four of the first six matches to go up 17-7 but the Porters (15-5) answered with four straight victories to take a 21-17 lead.

After Central's Robbie Mikenis won a major decision at 138 to tie things, Porter Vince Dietz got a pin in 1:22 to put the hosts back in front.

"Starting at 170, we knew that we would end it with Tyler and Matt Schneider," Knights coach Jason DePolo said. "This dual really means nothing and the regional will come down to that day. But this was a fun meet and I couldn't ask for a better atmosphere."

Central's Bryce Gorman got a technical fall in the opener at 170 before Porter Tyler Johnson edged Brendan Ditchman 4-2 in the next match.

After Lockport's Luis Montoya won a major decision at 195, Knight Ryan Gromnicki held off a rally by Jack Moles to claim a 12-9 victory.

A major decision from Grant Bartell at 285 and a victory by technical fall from Matt Crnich gave the Knights a 10-point advantage.

But the Porters answered with a tech fall from Brian Rossi at 113 and then Shayne Oster rallied past Matt McGowan 6-5 at the next weight.

Dan Radcliffe beat Joey Nelson 3-1 in overtime at 126 and Austin Strzelczyk won 10-4 over Dominic Botta before Central won three of the last four.

"We know them and they know us, so it was sort of like we figured," Porters coach Josh Oster said. "I was proud of how some of our kids hung with their studs and limited the bonus points. Injuries are unfortunate but everyone's on track with their rehab."

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