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Wrestling: D-C’s Ray Griggel places fourth at state

Dundee-Crown's Ray Griggel (left) battles Glenbrook South's Jacob Suter during Class 3A 220-pound third-place match Champaign Saturday. | Jeff Cagle~For

Dundee-Crown's Ray Griggel (left) battles Glenbrook South's Jacob Suter during the Class 3A 220-pound third-place match in Champaign on Saturday. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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CHAMPAIGN — There was a frown on Ray Griggel’s face and blood not only in his right eye, but below it.

The Dundee-Crown senior wore all the scars and attitude of a very intense, tough competition which ended with him earning fourth place at the 220-pound competition at the Class 3A state finals. With five seconds to go in the overtime period, Griggel was pinned by Glenbrook South’s Jacob Suter.

Suter and Griggel emerged out of the same sectional. Griggel finished fourth in the sectional, while Suter won it.

“It really upsets me that I was pinned,” said Griggel, who finished the year with a 17-8 record. “It is what it is. I don’t think that I will feel better about this in one week. I will remember this loss more than anything.”

Griggel had the lead for most of the third period and about half of the second period. With 53 seconds to go in the second period, he grabbed Suter for a double leg takedown to take a 3-2 lead. Suter earned a point on an escape to even it up in the third period. With the score tied at 3-3 at the end of regulation, the match went into overtime.

“This was great for the school and great for the program,” said Robert Skillman, Dundee-Crown’s coach. “Ray is a fighter. He went down swinging. We are proud of him. After the takedown, he was in extremely good shape. Both guys were pretty evenly matched. Ray had an outstanding tournament.”

Griggel earned the right to face Suter by downing Providence Catholic’s Vince Ambrose. He topped Ambrose by pinfall at the 2:28 mark.

To earn the right to face Ambrose, Griggel defeated Hinsdale South freshman Joshua King, winning by pinfall at 2:28.

“There was nothing fancy about that,” said Skillman. “He just broke him down and pinned him. He is so tough on top. We had him scouted out pretty well.”

Eight athletes in the history of Dundee-Crown have finished in the top four at the state finals. Two were state champions for the Chargers.

While Griggel had an opportunity to wrestle for third place, St. Charles East junior Isaiah Vela was eliminated in a wrestleback match on Saturday morning. Vela was pinned by Glenbard North senior Johnny Gosinski at 3:34. Gosinski would take fifth. With the loss, Vela finished his junior season with a 37-6 mark.

Vela already has one all-state status to his credit. He finished fourth in the 119-pound competition in 2011. Since 2000, the Saints have collected six all-state honors. Three of those have been individual state championships.

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