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“Miller Time Continues: More Stories of Local State Qualifiers from Wrestling Sectionals”

Tagg Miller’s primal outburst Saturday afternoon was a 12 months within the making.

Last season, the Recent Trier junior wrestler lost a minor decision on the sectional to only miss a berth within the IHSA state championships. This time around, Miller pinned his opponent within the consolations semifinals of the 150-pound division on the Barrington Sectional in only 24 seconds, punching his ticket to state.

And he acted accordingly, letting out a celebratory scream and jogging to the group to hug his father.

“It felt great,” Miller said. “Last 12 months, I used to be in the identical situation within the blood round, lost 5-3, heartbroken. And this 12 months, after being so close, it feels great. … It was an indescribable feeling coming off that mat.”

Miller (33-7), who finished his day with a 16-6 victory to put third, is one among 11 wrestlers from the Record’s coverage area who will compete on the IHSA finals on Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, in Champaign (boys) and Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24, in Bloomington (girls). Cousins Quinn (right) and Joey Hebert hug after Joey’s state-clinching pin on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Loyola Academy sent five boys wrestlers to the sectional and can take all five to Champaign.

Sophomore Kai Calcutt (215; 27-4) led the best way with a championship performance on the sectional, conquering Libertyville’s Owen McGrory 12-7 within the title bout. He will likely be joined at state by senior Quinn Herbert (29-8), second at 190 kilos; sophomore Gavin Pardilla (26-11), third at 120; sophomore James Hemmila (21-10), fourth at 106; and junior Joey Herbert (20-11), fourth at 285.

Quinn Herbert qualified for his fourth state tournament — the primary Rambler to perform that feat.

Calcutt was a state finalist a 12 months ago, falling 3-2 within the 220 championship match. Pardilla is now a two-time state qualifier.

“We did what we were presupposed to do,” Ramblers coach Matt Collum said. “I assumed we could have done higher, but I expected all of them to get through.” He added, “We tell our guys to go on the market with quite a lot of energy and rating quite a lot of points, get to their offense, wrestle where they’re good and wrestle really hard.”
The Giants Dmitry Derbedyenyev is on top of things during a consolation match Saturday.

Highland Park senior Dmitry Derbedyenyev (165) is returning to state.

Derbedyenyev (32-3) wrestled through knee pain to say fourth place. He dropped a good quarterfinal match 3-2 before winning his first consolation bout 3-0 to earn a state berth. Finally 12 months’s state finals, Derbedyenyev had a difficult draw, wrestling the eventual 152-pound state champion, Nolan Allen of West Chicago in the primary round.

Girls Sectional: A Rambler, a Giant and two Trevians advance

Jillian Giller, of Recent Trier, stands atop the rostrum for the 140-pound division on the Evanston Sectional Saturday, Feb. 9.

Recent Trier’s Jillian Giller and Loyola’s Harlee Hiller won sectional championships and Highland Park’s Clara Ugaz and Recent Trier’s Nina Aceves each finished fourth, all earning places within the state finals Feb. 23-24 in Bloomington.

All three will make return appearances to state. Giller, a junior, and Ugaz, a senior, also qualified last season, while Hiller, a junior, has qualified each of her three seasons and won the state championship at 105 a 12 months ago.

Giller (34-4) pinned her first two sectional opponents to advance to the tournament championship. She then earned a 13-5 decision to win the sectional title.

Hiller (24-8) dominated the 115-pound field, collecting three first-period pins en path to her sectional crown.

Ugaz (22-6) recorded two pins to start her sectional performance. A loss within the semifnals put her within the consolation bracket, but a pin there clinched Ugaz’s state berth.

Aceves (30-10), a senior, got a forfeit victory after which pinned Ryann Reeves, a ranked opponent from Oak Forest, to advance to the semifinals. Aceves then dropped a 9-1 decision to bracket champ America Cabrerra, of Phoenix Military Academy, but won her first consolation boun to punch her state ticket. Within the third-place match, Aceves needed to forfeit with an injury within the second period.

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