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Sports Digest: Wrestlers, Gymnasts Send 13 to Sectionals

Deerfield High School’s wrestling and gymnastics teams both place second in Regionals.

Feb. 2 

Wrestling 

The Final Score:  1. Barrington 193, 2. Deerfield 191.5, 3. Cary Grove 175, 4. Stevenson 123.5, 5. Lake Zurich 97, 6. Buffalo Grove 70, 7. Highland Park 35.5, 8. Palatine 31.5, 9. Lake Forest 17.5. 

Warriors Star Performers:  Andrew Mehrholz (106), Brian Spinello (126), Colton Emmerich (170) and Jim Kirby (195) were Regional champions advancing to the Sectional Meet. 

Other Notable Warrior Performances:       Joey Bloom (120) took second while Brady Glantz (138), Ari Sapinsley (152), Louis Levine (220) and JJ Nawrot (Heavyweight) placed third to move into the Sectionals.

Who’s Next:   The Warriors compete in the Barrington Sectional at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. 

The Bottom Line:      With the Warriors trailing going into the Heavyweight third-place match—the days penultimate bout—Nawrot pinned his opponent with two seconds left to give Deerfield a pair of bonus points and the team lead. In day’s final paring, Ben Calamari of Barrington earned 14 points for the Broncos by winning the heavyweight title to edge Deerfield by 1.5 tallies. 

Gymnastics 

The Final Score:  1. Lake Forest 143.45, 2. Deerfield 134.175, 3. Vernon Hills 133.95, 4. Niles North 122.05. 

Warriors Star Performer:    Christine Stitcher placed fifth in the all around standings (36.05) by winning the balance beam (9.325), taking fourth in the vault (9.35) and sixth on both the uneven parallel bars (8.55) and floor exercise (8.825) to reach the Sectionals in all five events. 

Other Notable Warrior Performances:       Aly Perbohner will join Stitcher in the all around Sectional competition on the strength of her seventh place performance (33.5). She also took seventh on the bars (8.275) and eighth on floor (8.45) to move to the next round there as well. Leslie Ross moves on to Sectionals by taking eighth on the bars (7.95) while Emily Berlin’s eighth place on the beam (8.475) was good enough to go to Sectionals.

Who’s Next:   The Warriors compete in the Stevenson Sectional at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

The Bottom Line:      In her final Regional as Warrior coach after 34 years, Carol Myers was thrilled with her team’s effort as it fell .675 of a point shy of advancing as a team. “This team has accomplished more than I would have ever anticipated at the start of the year,” she said. “I am so very proud of them and so happy to have 4 girls qualify on to sectionals.” 

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