The wrestling conference and state series meets are just around the corner – and Yorkville hopes to be as healthy as possible just in time.
The Foxes, missing four starters, edged Morris 36-33 in a dual meet on Thursday at Yorkville, before coming back to take sixth at the Sycamore Invite on Saturday.
Against Morris, Yorkville got pins from Roger Schillinger at 170 pounds, Gabe Taylor (285), Cole Farren (126) and Joe Roberts (160).
Roberts, with a pin on the last match of the meet, sealed the Foxes' come-from-behind win.
"Knowing Joe was the last guy gave us some confidence," Yorkville coach Jake Oster said. "Missing four starters, we still didn't expect it to be that close of a meet."
Yorkville was without Nick Stemmet, resting an injured shoulder, and Zack Katula, out with a concussion.
Schillinger, in and out of the lineup this year, pinned Dominik Griffin in 44 seconds.
"He came up big getting that win that ultimately saved us," Oster said.
Ben Stemmet notched a 3-1 decision at 195, and Cole Ferguson won a 6-1 decision at 132. At 152 Anthony Cantu was able to hold on to a 9-2 loss, keeping the score at 33-30 to set the stage for Roberts.
"He got on his back a couple times early, so that was a little nerve-racking," Oster said. "He didn't get the win but he kept us alive."
Yorkville took nine wrestlers to Sycamore, scoring 401 points for sixth place in a 24-team meet won by Downers Grove South with host Sycamore fifth.
Roberts (160), Nick Stemmet (182) and Ben Stemmet (195) won titles. Fisher (220) took second, Cole Ferguson (132) third and Derek Butts (106) fourth. Schillinger and Cantu both reached the consolation finals.
"We had six make it to the championship bracket," Oster said. "Having a limited number of guys and taking sixth was good."
Tyler Peach, just cleared from injury, returned to the lineup at Sycamore. Oster hopes to get Katula back by regionals or potentially conference.
The conference meet is Jan. 19 at La Salle-Peru, with DeKalb the likely team to beat.
"They're probably the favorites," Oster said. "We will have five to six guys that we should be able to get into the finals. Hopefully we can give them a go."