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After Lincoln-Way Central navigated the Plainfield Central quadrangular to a 3-0 record, Knights coach Jason DePolo credited seniors Ryan Gromnicki, Robbie Mikenis and Matt Schneider — the latter coming back from an eye injury to finish 2-0 — for delivering in the clutch.
“You’ve got to be able to rely on your seniors and we were able to,” DePolo said. “I think every one of our seniors won ... so that was awesome.”
One item of improvement DePolo hopes to see is an urgency when closing out a match.
“We want to continue to push the pace ... 7-2 or 3-2 at the end of the match, we need to keep attacking,” DePolo said. “We don’t want to sit back. Some of the matches we did (sit back) and some of the matches we really went after them.
“We can’t be satisfied with a seven-point win; go for the major (decision). Not being satisfied with a 13-point win; go for the (technical fall).”
The Knights will be tested in three tournaments this month.
They’ll first attend Saturday’s Hawk Invite at Hoffman Estates before heading for the Dvorak Tournament (Dec. 22 in Machesney Park) and Granite City Tournament (Dec. 28).