Both Woodstock and Woodstock North gave up forfeits in their crosstown wrestling meet at WHS Jan. 27, but WNHS came out on top, winning 51-24.

The meet was the last of the regular season for both teams.

“We knew going into four of our matches we had pretty good expectations we were going to win,” WNHS head coach Tim Creighton said.

“I’ve preached to the kids all along to stay focused and stay mentally tough and victories will come.” 

Blue Streaks head coach Jon Grell said his young team has spent much of the season developing its talent. WHS lost 11 seniors to graduation following last season.

“I’m very proud of how much our guys have progressed and improved physically and mentally throughout the season,” Grell said. “It’s never fun to finish with a loss, but we have put our young guys into a great position to build on next year. Due to our size this season, many underclassmen have had opportunities to step up and fill roles on the varsity, which will help next year.”

Up next for both teams is postseason wrestling. WNHS will host the regional tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The top three wrestlers from each weight class will advance to sectionals.

“The biggest thing we focus on at regionals and sectionals is doing the little things correctly,” Grell said. “Little mistakes can cost a wrestler a lot in the postseason.”

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