The Sterling Golden Warriors gave coach Charlie Bishop his 100th dual victory Thursday, upsetting the fifth-ranked Sycamore Spartans 33-32 at Musgrove Fieldhouse.
The Warriors won four of the first six contested matches, and also received a pair of forfeits to take a 30-9 lead. But things turned at 160 pounds, when Keegan Kaye was disqualified when the leg of Sycamore’s Michael Beaudoin went into Kaye’s mouth when the two were grappling on the mat.
Kaye’s loss gave Sycamore six points, and cost Sterling three for a flagrant foul. The Spartans then won the next three weights, taking a 29-27 lead into the 200-pound match.
But Will Canales received a forfeit at 220 to give the Warriors a 33-29 lead, and Cariel Beasley avoided the pin at heavyweight, giving up just three points in a 3-2 loss to seal the upset victory.
Another key match for Sterling was at 195, when Bryant Lilly took top-ranked Tyler Barton into overtime before falling 5-1.
Hawks win twice in Ashton: Oregon defeated Fulton 45-24, and host AFC 60-6 in a pair of nonconference duals.
Skylar Carlson (126 pounds), Garrett Rude (160) and Tyler Burke (182) each recorded two pins for the Hawks. Corey Grady (138) won by pin and technical fall, and Tyler Blume (195) added a pin and a major decision.
Fulton defeated the Raiders 43-24 in the other matchup. Sam Grant was the Steamers’ lone double-winner, pinning both of his opponents at 145 pounds.
Jake Chapman was the Raiders’ only double-winner, picking up two pins at 152 pounds.
Erie-Prophetstown 75, St. Bede 6: The Panthers lost just one of the 11 contested matches against the Bruins in Erie.
Logan Voss (106 pounds), Kerrick Coleman (113), Damien Schacherbauer (120), Josh Wheeler (138), Jared Cole (145), Dylan Binion (152), Duke Carber (160), Billy Crampton (170), and Noah Eads (195) all won by pin for Erie-Prophetstown.
Morrison 44, West Carroll 24: The Mustangs won just four of the nine contested matches, but received four forfeits in a nonconference win in Savanna.
John Anderson (152 pounds) and Austin Shoup (195) won by pin for Morrison.
Galesburg 86, Newman 61: Warren Melton dominated two individual races and took part in a winning relay, but the Comets lost a dual meet at the Knox County YMCA.
Melton won the 200 freestyle (1:49.11) by more than 11 seconds, then took the 100 butterfly (56.33) by more than 23 seconds. He then joined Robbie Hicks, Aidan Bollman and Todd Nelson to finish the dual with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:56.73).
Nelson added a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.93), and Quinn Harrison won the 100 backstroke (1:30.03).
Mendota 55, Dixon 52: The Dukes rallied from a 30-22 halftime deficit, but couldn’t make up enough ground to pull out a nonconference win on the road.
Cal Jarrett had 18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three steals for Dixon (14-4), which outscored the Trojans 30-25 in the second half. Laron Carr added 16 points and five assists.
Winnebago 68, Oregon 36:The Indians pulled away from the Hawks at the Blackhawk Center in the second quarter by outscoring Oregon 24-10.
The Hawks (4-14, 0-5 BNC West) were led by Jessie McKinley’s 17 points.
Prophetstown 64, Fulton 26: The Prophets remained perfect in the Three Rivers with a dominant win over the Steamers in Fulton.
Heather Strike and Clare Kramer each scored 12 points, and Corrie Reiley added 10 points for the Prophets (24-2, 12-0).
Averi Letizen had seven points for Fulton (3-20, 0-9).
Erie 48, Morrison 36: The Cardinals earned a Three Rivers North victory by outscoring the Fillies 20-8 in the fourth quarter in Erie. The score was tied at 28 after three quarters.
Courtney Cobert led Erie (16-8, 6-4) with 13 points, and Bailee Classen added 10 points.
Chelsea Eads had 14 points for Morrison (11-12, 3-7).
Riverdale 51, Bureau Valley 45: The Storm kept pace with the Rams in a Three Rivers North game in Manlius, but they could not pull ahead.
Carlie Bickett had nine points and 12 rebounds, and Nicole Bornsheuer added nine points and 13 rebounds for Bureau Valley (7-14, 0-9).
Forreston 51, Polo 29: The Marcos fell behind 14-2 after one quarter and could not catch back up in an NUIC East loss at home.
KeeLey Meyer led Polo (1-19, 1-7) with eight points.
Aquin 79, Milledgeville 27: The Missiles (6-17, 2-8) dropped a lopsided NUIC East contest to the Bulldogs (15-7, 10-0) in Freeport.
Pearl City 55, West Carroll 47: The Thunder held a two-point lead after three quarters, but were outscored 20-10 in the fourth quarter in an NUIC West loss in Savanna.
Abby Maike had 14 points, and Demi Hess added 13 for West Carroll (3-19, 0-8).
Sauk Valley 72, Carl Sandburg 64: With Russ Damhoff forced to sit out because of his first ejection in 28 years as the team’s coach in Tuesday’s win over Black Hawk East, the Skyhawks prevailed in Galesburg.
With assistant coach Chase Randall running the team, with the help of Sauk women’s coach Jed Johnson, Sauk (11-10, 3-3 Arrowhead) rode a strong defensive effort.
Carlos Hendrix scored 18 points to pace the Skyhawks, who led 36-25 at the half. Chris Fritsch and John Murphy added 12 points apiece.
Sauk Valley 64, Carl Sandburg 44: The Skyhawks soared to a 42-16 lead by halftime in Galesburg in an Arrowhead Conference victory.
Jordan Giddings led the way with 16 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Aleena Hammelman added 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals for the Skyhawks (14-3), and Morgan Dean also had 14 points.
Warren Melton, Newman swimming, 2 individual wins, 1 relay win
Cal Jarrett, Dixon basketball, 18 points
Jessie McKinley, Oregon boys, 17 points
Skylar Carlson, Garrett Rude & Tyler Burke, Oregon wrestling, 2 pins each
Sam Grant, Fulton wrestling, 2 pins
Jake Chapman, AFC wrestling, 2 pins