Suter, New Trier among sectional standouts
Barrington Saturday, 2/9/13 New Trier's Chris Alcock (Bottom) during his third place match against McHenry's Mike Infelise at 126 lbs during Saturday's Class 3A Sectional hosted by Barrington High School. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media ORG XMIT: 01100356A
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:10PM
BARRINGTON — Glenbrook South’s Jacob Suter and New Trier’s John Benson are sick and tired of wrestling each other this year but at least after Saturday’s Class 3A Barrington Sectional title match at 220 pounds, they both walked away as state qualifiers.
In their third meeting this season, Suter won a 6-3 decision over Benson on the title mat.
“I guess you could say it’s more difficult to keep wrestling the same guy,” said Suter, who has won all three meetings between the two. “He knows my moves, and I know his. I just knew how to handle it.”
Suter (34-2) won his first sectional title after being held out of last year’s sectional due to an injury precaution.
“My trainer took me out last year because he thought I had a concussion, but I didn’t,” Suter said. “But I took first at regionals this year, first here, and I want to take first at state. This feels great.”
Suter was Glenbrook South’s lone state qualifier on the day, while Benson was one of five New Trier wrestlers that will compete in the state finals in Champaign next weekend.
Benson (39-8) won a 6-3 semifinal decision over Harlem’s Kailor Hecox to ensure himself a place downstate.
“I qualified for sectionals last year but couldn’t make it out because I had some health issues,” Benson said. “(Suter) has been able to stop some of my moves while other guys aren’t, and he’s in really good shape and he pushes me.
“But I feel good. I’m taking more shots than I did earlier in the season and I’m finishing on them.”
Colin Kenyon (113) also placed second for the Trevians, while M.J. Pritchard (120) and Chris Alcock (126) placed third, and Paul Papoutsis (160) placed fourth to advance.
Kenyon (33-8) lost on the title mat to the tournament’s lone unbeaten wrestler in Cary-Grove’s Michael Cullen, while Pritchard (39-5) won 3-2 for third over Cary-Grove’s Logan Hanselmann.
Alcock (28-6), who will make his first trip to Champaign, posted a 7-6 win over Warren’s Craig Mason in his consolation semifinal match before winning 8-3 for third over McHenry’s Mike Infelise.
“My first match here last year I lost in overtime, and that guy ended up going downstate. Then I lost my second match here last year 9-8,” Alcock said. “So this feels great.”