BARRINGTON, ILL.–On a weekend when most LFHS athletic events were cancelled due to inclement weather, senior Caleb Durbin warmed up to the competition at the IHSA 3A wrestling Sectional hosted by Barrington High School.
It was a long day on the mat for Durbin, who battled through the 160 lb. bracket–notorious for being one of the toughest weight classes in high school wrestling–all the way to a fourth place finish, good enough to qualify for the IHSA State meet. Durbin won his first match of the day over Andy Polk of Buffalo Grove. From there, he lost a tough battle to David Ferrante (41-7) of Huntley, but got back on the winning track in the consolation bracket over Austin Johnson (10-6) of Dekalb. Then Durbin got rolling. In his next match, he defeated his opponent from Wheeling by tech fall, then edged out Brock Emmerich of Deerfield, who boasted a (31-7) record on the season, by a decision of 6-5 in the “blood round,” meaning that the winner goes on to state and the loser’s season is over. Though Durbin fell in his final match of the day, a 7-1 decision against Fremd’s Adam Kemp (28-16), his 4-2 record on the day in a loaded bracket has propelled him to the IHSA State Final tournament next weekend in Champaign, Illinois.
The other competing wrestlers for the Scouts, Bennett Duggan (106 lbs.) and Quinn Dailey (132 lb.) both had great days on the mat but fell just short of qualifying for the state tournament. Duggan, who won his first match over Prospect’s Marcus Santos (9-6), lost to Rockford’s Saw Htoo (24-16) in the winner’s bracket in round two. Once he found himself in the consolation bracket, Duggan battled to a win over McHenry’s Zachary Seymour (8-12) before falling to Hersey’s Zach Joyce (7-7) by tech fall to bounce him from the tournament.
Dailey, a senior fighting valiantly to extend his high school wrestling career, beat Jacobs’ Dominic Tenyuca in round one, but fell at the hands of Wheeling’s Brian Madrigal (10-10) in a 7-2 decision. In the consolation bracket, Dailey fought for his life, winning consecutive matches against Rolling Meadows’ Eric Morales and Rockton-Honnenegah’s Mason Schew. In the “blood round,” Daily came out on the short end of a tough 5-3 decision against Rockford’s Dontrell Johnson, ultimately ending the senior’s high school career one win short of the state final tournament at 132 lbs.
Once the bracket is released for Durbin, The Forest Scout will fill you in as he looks to be the second Durbin to place in the IHSA State Final wrestling tournament in Champaign. Caleb Durbin’s older brother, Regis, was the 2013 IHSA AAA State Champion at 195 lbs., the only Lake Forest Scouts state champion in the school’s history.