McHenry wrestlers beat Huntley

McHENRY – Rolling through potential back points is not something that McHenry heavyweight wrestler Chris Ulloa looks for but when the opportunity presents itself he’s certainly willing to take advantage.

Ulloa pinned Huntley’s Dominic Swanson in 3:03 to seal the 38-27 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division dual for the Warriors.

After a scoreless first period, Ulloa started in the down position in the second. With Swanson looking to get back points, Ulloa rolled through the move and stuck the pin.

Ulloa said he was initially looking to stand up and get an escape at the beginning of the second period.

“I’ll go for the stand up, that’s what they teach us,” Ulloa said. “I never aim for (rolling through) but if it’s there I’ll go for it.”

That’s not to say he hasn’t practice the move.

“I had (Swanson’s) arm in tight,” Ulloa said. “In practice, when I get that arm in I roll with it.”

Huntley coach B.J. Bertelsman, who won a state title as a heavyweight for Belleville West, said getting caught like that is part of the learning experience for Swanson, who is in his first year of wrestling.

“We call that the big man roll,” Bertelsman said. “It’s [Swanson’s] first year. He’s going to get caught in those.”

The Warriors (4-1 FVC Valley) got off to an early lead but Huntley came back to go up, 15-8, with pins by Chris Gamboa at 132 pounds and Brandon Meyer (138).

The rest of the dual was back and forth until Ulloa put the Warriors up by eight with one match left.

“We knew it was going to be that kind of dual match,” Warriors' coach Will Gaddy said. “B.J. has done a great job. The fun thing is all the (FVC Valley) teams are about equal.”

McHenry also got pins from Luis Hernandez at 220 and Cam Pait (160). Robby Duh won by technical fall at 120 for the Warriors.  

Gaddy said losing to Dundee-Crown last week was kind of a wakeup call for his team. He praised his wrestlers for putting the team first against the Red Raiders whether it was going for bonus points or preventing them by avoiding a pin or major decision.

“If we didn’t wrestle for the team tonight it would have been different,” Gaddy said. “(Losing to Dundee-Crown) kind of left a sour taste in our mouths.”

It was a tough week for Huntley (2-3) which also lost to Crystal Lake South on Thursday. While not happy with the losses, Bertelsman was pleased with the effort from his team.  

“We wrestled the best two teams back to back and I think we wrestled the best (we have),” Bertelsman said.

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