LA SALLE — The Ottawa Pirates and La Salle-Peru Cavaliers wrestling teams fought tooth-and-nail to a tie in points after the final bout of their dual ended.
However, the Pirates captured the 34-33 Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference victory on criteria after winning eight of the 14 bouts — gaining a bonus point to break the tie on Wednesday night here at A.J. Sellet Memorial Gymnasium.
"We came out ready to wrestle today," said Ottawa coach Peter Marx. "We were able to establish some momentum and get rolling in the lower weights by winning the first four matches. Then, after a couple of losses and a forfeit, Hunter Duffy (fall at 152 pounds) was able to swing the momentum back to us, and we won four of the next five matches.
"I could not be more proud of this group of kids. They have bought into the program, and they have stepped up and done everything we have asked. They give their best effort every time out there."
Ottawa's Austin Howard started things with a technical fall triumph to help his club to a 5-0 lead. Riley Hanson followed with a major decision win before Cole Flores earned an overtime victory to make it 12-0. Luke Fleming (ranked No. 4 at 120 by illinoismatmen.com) kept things going for the Pirates with a win, but L-P captured the next three matches to tie the score at 15-all.
Duffy pulled the energy back to the Ottawa side with a pin, and Nick Stehl picked up a triumph via decision to make it 24-15. After a Pirates loss at 170, Cedric Fairrow gave OHS a 27-21 advantage with a win at 182, and Brandon O'Brien used a quick throw for a pin to extend the lead to 33-21.
The Cavs were victorious at 220 and 285, but the eight wins by the Pirates on the night gave them the tiebreaking point they needed to come home with the victory.
Fieldcrest 69, Kewanee 62
At the Colmone Classic in Spring Valley, the Knights trailed the Boliermakers 19-16 after the opening eight minutes and 36-35 at halftime in their final pool-play game. However, Fieldcrest pushed ahead 49-48 at the end of the third stanza and outscored Kewanee 20-14 in the final frame to finish 1-1 in the pool and improve to 6-1 on the season.
The triumph moves FHS to Friday's 5 p.m. third-place semifinal against Mendota.
Jaxon Cusac-McKay had 20 points and seven assists, while Hayden Carls swished five 3-pointers for part of his 19 points to led the Knights. Derek May posted 10 points and five rebounds, with Clay Wells adding eight points and five boards for FHS.
DeKalb 2,429, Streator 2,327
At the Streator Elks, the Lady Bulldogs fell by just 102 pins to the Lady Barbs in their home nonconference match.
Freshman Abby Bedecker paced Streator with a solid 597 series, with games of 187, 200 and 210. Junior Kaylee Sroka was next in line for SHS with a 506, including a high game of 192, while Sierra Dellinger registered a game-best of 171.
Ottawa 2,326, Hall 2,323
At Dettore's Town Lanes on Tuesday, the Lady Pirates won the matchup with the visiting Lady Red Devils.
Michaela Boaz led the way for Ottawa with a high game of 212 and a 486 series, while Maryaha Gribbins was right behind with a 461 (172 high game). Alex Merkerson added a game-best of 159 for OHS.
Ottawa 43, Rochelle 23
At Rochelle on Tuesday, the Lady Pirates (8-2, 2-1) beat the Lady Hubs in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference game.
Sloan Gayan and Angelique Cowan led Ottawa with 14 points each, the former netting 10 of her points in the first half and the latter posting 12 markers in a huge 20-point third quarter.
JV girls bowling
Dobson leads Lady Bullpups
At the Streator Elks Club, Michelle Dobson rolled a 451 series, including a 171 top game, to lead Streator against DeKalb, with Aurdey Neuman posting a 161 best-game effort.