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Wrestling: Langenderfer Makes History for Lincoln-Way East

Griffins' sophomore becomes school's first state wrestling medal winner. Sandburg's Lopez earns second state medal after placing second in heavyweight class on Saturday.

CHAMPAIGN–Lincoln-Way East sophomore Kyle Langenderfer etched his name in the school record book by becoming the Griffins’ first state medal winner in wrestling Saturday night in Assembly Hall on the University of Illinois campus.

Langenderfer advanced to the Class 3A championship match at 135 pounds, but suffered a 3-2 loss to Providence Catholic senior Mike Togher (44-5).

Langenderfer (40-2) took a 2-0 lead on Togher, but failed to hold it.

“I knew he was a defensive wrestler,” Langenderfer said. “I got the two early and I should have worked through that. Instead, I kind of sat on it and I couldn’t push through from there.”

Sandburg senior Chris Lopez became the Eagles' second two-time heavyweight medal winner by taking second place Saturday.

Lopez, who took third in the state a year ago, advanced to the title match, but fell to Hinsdale Central senior Jack Allen (46-0) 3-2.

“I’m happy," Lopez said. "Second isn’t bad. But I didn’t come here to take second. I came here to win. I wish it would have turned out different. I wish I would have wrestled better. But you can’t do anything about the past.”

A takedown early in the match put Lopez on his heels.

“I didn’t expect him to take me down early in the match,” Lopez said. “That was the first time he took me down this year. It was a good shot, but I shouldn’t have let that happen. It went downhill after that.”

Lopez went 47-2 with both losses coming to Allen.

Sandburg’s Collin Holler (43-8) rebounded from a semifinal loss to take third place at 135. The junior beat Naperville Central’s Josh Tardy 5-2 in the third-place match.

Lincoln-Way Central junior Tyler Price (32-11) took fourth place at 103 pounds after dropping a 3-0 decision to freshman Nick Nasenbeny (38-15) of Plainfield Central in the third-place match.

Sandburg senior Dan Argueta (41-9) advanced to the semifinals of 140, but lost twice to take fourth. He dropped a 14-6 decision to Joliet West junior Jim Spangler (34-9) in the third-place bout.

Sandburg senior Nick Fishback (44-7) took fourth at 145 after losing his last two matches. He suffered a 9-7 loss to Normal senior John Bozarth (30-5) in the third-place match.

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