CHAMPAIGN — Centennial’s wrestling team started the season winning five of its first eight dual meets. Since the calendar changed to 2014, the Chargers have had a lack of success, going 0-9.
In Thursday’s annual Twin City Meet that it hosted, Centennial had a lack of a full lineup, having a void at the lightest weight, 106 pounds.
The Chargers’ second Twin City team championship in three years was attributed to another “lack.” Senior Sammy Lack was the grappler on the spot in the final match of the last dual meet against defending champion Central.
Moments after his sophomore brother, Arnold, started the Chargers’ comeback from an 11-point deficit in the final three bouts by securing a pin, Sammy Lack bumped up a weight class and posted a meet-ending, title-clinching pin at 132 pounds.
He is one of two seniors in the Centennial lineup. Both are Twin City champs. Dominik Harmon (145 pounds) dominated his class.
By luck of the draw, the Centennial-Central dual started at the 138-pound class and finished at 132. Sammy Lack, who weighed in at 126, moved up to face Central’s Lakeith Polk, with the outcome of the meet belonging to the winner. Lack’s pin in 2 minutes, 34 seconds gave the Chargers a 39-32 triumph.
“I knew from the get-go it would come down to the last few guys,” Lack said. “This feels great.”
Chargers coach Ed Mears inserted Joey Schott in the lineup for his first match, at 126 against the Maroons, and he registered a sub-one-minute fall.
Sammy Lack was one of two individuals to repeat as Twin City champions. The other was teammate Ethan Zinchuk, who pinned all three of his opponents. Also pinning his way to a title was Harmon.
For Harmon, his home farewell continued his impressive comeback. He reached the 20-win mark in his first year back in a sport that he gave up after eighth grade.
“I wrestled five years in kids’ club and got burned out,” he said.
Part of the motivation to return was supplied by his doubters.
“People said if I came back, I’d lose all my game,” said Harmon, 20-15. “It feels good to take a few years off, come back and know I still have it in me.”
Meet the champs
Meet champion Centennial had the individual wrestling titlist in five of 14 weight classes in Thursday’s Twin City meet that it hosted:
WEIGHT NAME SCHOOL YR. RECORD
106 Riley Staab Central Jr. 3-0
113 Riodon Beals Central Fr. 3-0
120 Arnold Lack Centennial So. 3-0
126 Sammy Lack Centennial Sr. 3-0
132 Kyle Hauersperger Urbana Jr. 3-0
138 Demetrius Jackson Urbana So. 3-0
145 Dominik Harmon Centennial Sr. 3-0
152 Felix Imbanga Urbana So. 3-0
160 Kellen Sarver Centennial Fr. 3-0
170 Ethan Zinchuk Centennial Jr. 3-0
182 Brandon Klein Central Jr. 3-0
195 Ryan Baker Central Jr. 3-0
220 Brett Roos St. Thomas More Sr. 2-0
285 Anthony Davis Central So. 2-1
1. Centennial 3-0, 2. Central 2-1, 3. St. Thomas More 1-2, 4. Urbana 0-3.