Three Evanston wrestlers just missed qualifying for the Illinois High School Association state finals on Saturday at the Barrington Sectional tournament.

Among the seven Wildkits who competed at the sectional tourney, Marco Terrizzi, Anthony Joyner and David Sanchez each needed just one more win to nail down automatic qualifying berths – but none of the three could seal the deal.

Terrizzi, a 113-pound sophomore who accounted for ETHS’ only regional championship this season, lost in three overtimes in the consolation semifinals to the grappler he had beat for that regional title one week earlier, Arnold Park of Glenbrook South. Park scored a reversal for what turned out to be the winning points in a 3-1 decision, and Terrizzi wasn’t able to score from the beneath position in the final OT.

He finished 14-10 after pinning Alex Kahler of Lake Zurich in 3 minutes, 12 seconds and losing to Mundelein’s Bryce Durlacher 3-0 in the semifinals.

At 195, Joyner managed a split in his four matches. He pinned Warren’s Jeremiah Hixson in 51 seconds and also scored a first period fall against Porter Leith of Dundee Crown, then dropped a 6-3 decision to Zach Meyer of Barrington in the semifinals.

In the back draw, he was eliminated when the ETHS senior was pinned by Jack Cummings of New Trier in 3:37. Joyner finished at 27-8.

Sanchez, another senior, took a 4-3 lead into the second period of his heavyweight bout versus Glenbrook South’s Drew Duffy, only to see the GBS grappler execute a turn and register a pin in 2:15 to advance out of the consolation semis. That ended Sanchez’s season with a thud at 27-11.

Also representing Evanston at the sectional were junior Jason McDermott, 1-2 at 132; senior Sam Adeoye, 0-2 at 170; junior Darion Coleman, 0-2 at 182; and senior Sheldon Kinzer, 1-2 at 220.

“We fell a little short today,” said head coach Rudy Salinas, “but we always preach to our kids to fight the good fight, and all four seniors represented us well. We don’t go down without a fight, and I think we got better as a team in the seven short months we’ve had [since the coronavirus pandemic prevented postseason competition a year ago]. I’m proud of them for seeing it through.”

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