[Mary Beth Nolan]
Linden started with a 4-1 victory over Sycamore's Sam Carlson, then defeated Rochelle's Keegan Davis 6-2 in the title bout.
"I really wanted to work on my pass-bys, get my opponents into my legs a little tighter and not get caught underneath," said Linden, sporting a swollen right eye suffered early in the final. "I did get caught underneath a couple times, but I was able to work out of it. I never really felt comfortable, but I never feel comfortable.
"Last year I lost in the semifinals in sudden victory, but I came back to get third. Winning the championship this year is really special."
Evan Reilly (126) and Jackson Murphy (170) each placed second for the Indians. Reilly defeated Plano's Adam Reyna (pinfall, 1:10) and L-P's Austin Christmann (5-0 decision) before dropping a tight 4-2 bout to Rochelle's Caleb Nadig. Murphy picked up wins over Ottawa's Colton Johnson (pinfall, 1:31) and Rochelle's Bryan Garza (2-1 decision) before falling to Sycamore's Zak Kozumplik. Braulio Flores (132) and Cael Schindlbeck (145) placed third and Braden Mansur (285) fourth for Sandwich.