By Jason Maholy
Sandburg concluded its best season in five years with a fourth-place finish at the IHSA dual team state tournament, held last Saturday at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.
The Eagles topped DeKalb, 35-30, in the quarterfinals, but fell to Mt. Carmel, 57-10, in the semifinals. Barrington then bested them, 48-20, in the third-place matchup.
The Eagles defeated Oak Park-River Forest 37-27 in the Class 3A Sandburg Dual Team Sectional on Feb. 25 to qualify for the state tournament.
The trip to state was Sandburg’s first in the Clinton Polz era, now in its third year.
Sandburg now has nine state wrestling trophies. The program won three consecutive
Class AA state titles (2005-2007) under Mike Polz, Clinton’s father, and two Class 3A championships under Sandburg alum Eric Siebert (2012, 2013). The Eagles finished second in 2010 and 2015 and third in 2011, each time in Class 3A.