Plano dominated Walther Lutheran en route to a 63-10 win in the Class 1A Wilmington Sectional on Tuesday. Plano, which earned its first-ever sectional title with the convincing performance, won 12 of 14 matches against the Broncos.
The Reapers advance to the state dual team tournament in Bloomington on Saturday.
“It hasn’t kicked in yet, but I’m sure on the bus ride back we’re all gonna go crazy,” said junior Ivan Lopez, who won by fall with less than one second remaining in the first period of the 138-pound match. “Not to be cocky, but we had a good feeling coming into this meet.”
Senior Joel Periera (195) opened the meet with a 9-7 decision. State champion Derrick Maisonet followed with a pin 39 seconds into the first period of his 220-pound bout. Maisonet took his man down and manuevered his way to the fall.
Junior Nunez (285) recorded a fall in the second period when he was leading 13-4, and Juan Lazerit notched a major decision when we won 12-3 at 106 pounds. Jake Wilson put the Reapers ahead 25-0 when he recorded a fall at the 1:37 mark of the third period.
“We wanted to dominate and get it done,” said Shaun Wollenweber who claimed a 9-2 decision in the 132 pound tilt. “We wanted to show our fans that we get (to state). All our hard work this year has paid off.”
After dropping the 120-pound match Jonathon Farthing put the Reapers back in the winning column when he pinned his man with 53 ticks left in the first period. Lopez’s fall began a streak a four straight pins. Freshman Zach Tomac (145) downed his opponent with 19 seconds to go in the second frame, and Killian Murphy (152) scored a fall when he reversed out and gained control.
Weslye Brown’s fall in the first period handed the Reapers a 58-6 advantage. Austin Ricketts ended the night with a technical tallying a 17-0 win.
“They felt really good out there,” said Plano coach Joe Kampf. “We had practice (Monday) morning, and it was actually one of the tougher practices we’ve had in a while. I felt pretty good coming into today.
“Next weekend our chances are as good as anybody’s,” Kampf added. “We’ve got to take it one meet at a time.”