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Hinsdale Central's Brian Allen takes down Neuqua Valley's Andrew Geers during the 285-pound 3A championship bout of the state wrestling tournament at Assembly Hall in Champaign on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media
CHAMPAIGN -- Jack Allen's state championship medal from 2011 is framed and hanging in the basement of his parents' house in Hinsdale. Now John and Leslie Allen will have to make room for another.
Jack's younger brother, Brian, earned a state title of his own when the Hinsdale Central junior beat Neuqua Valley senior Andrew Geers 4-2 to win the 285-pound title Saturday night at Assembly Hall.
The Allen brothers are the only state wrestling champions in school history. Brian already broke his older brother's record for wins in a season and has plenty of time to take aim at Jack's school record for career wins. Jack has 143 and Brian has 131.
The 285 title match was a battle between undefeated wrestlers and a rematch of last year's third-place match, won 6-0 by Allen. Brian (48-0) topped Jack's 46-0 championship season. Geers suffered his first loss in 41 matches.
All of the points scored by Allen and Geers in the title match were in the first period. Allen scored two takedowns and Geers answered each time with an escape.
"I was a little nervous going into the third period," Allen said. "I knew I didn't get my points [earlier]."
Brian has the opportunity to do something Jack was unable to do -- win a second state title.
"I can come back to do something if I work hard," Allen said. "I'm looking forward to doing it next year."
For the second time in school history, the Red Devils had two wrestlers in the finals but Belleville West senior Mech Spraggins (48-1) defeated sophomore Juwan Edmond (41-10) 7-2 to win the 138 title. Spraggins was fourth and Edmond was fifth a year ago at 126. Edmond scored both of his points in the second period but Spraggins scored three points in the final period.
"It was not hard to keep up with him," Edmond said. "I couldn't get my arms around his legs. This was really a learning experience. I'll be ready and come back next year to win state."