Central's Seets saves his best for last
NORMAL – For three seasons, Champaign Central's Terry Seets came tantalizingly close to winning a Big 12 wrestling title.
As a senior, he finally delivered.
"I always imagined it would be possible," Seets said after winning the 130-pound division at Saturday's league meet at Normal West. "It was awesome."
Seets was one of three champions for Central, which placed fourth. Sam Ferguson won at 215 for fifth-place Centennial, and Nick Bryson (140) and Amalio Diego-Juan (135) won for sixth-place Urbana.
Seets beat Normal Community's Tony Troemel 11-7. Troemel had pinned Seets earlier this season.
"I worked on some things in practice, and I knew what to expect," Seets said. "I was able to counter some of the things he did."
Central's Kaleb Ingersoll dominated at 119 for his second consecutive Big 12 title. The junior is hoping for a return trip to state.
"I usually get on a roll and keep going this time of year," he said. "I wrestled really well this week. Hopefully next week (at regionals), too."
Central sophomore Aryn Gilenson won at 125 by default when Centennial's Nick Congdon was injured in the title match. It was Gilenson's second win against Congdon this week.
"This was a real confidence booster," Gilenson said. "I'm hoping to make it to state."
Ferguson had two pins en route to the 215 title. The senior is aiming for his first trip to state.
"My confidence is never a problem," he said. "I think I can get there. I'm pretty sure I locked up the (No. 1 regional) seed this weekend, and that's important."
Urbana got on a middle-weight roll behind Diego-Juan, Bryson and Zack Kulczycki, a third seed who placed second at 145.
"I was real happy with those guys in the middle," Urbana coach Greg Hall said. "They all three can get out of regionals. Sectionals will be tougher, but they have a chance there."