LANSING | Both T.F. South's Tyrone Johnson and Darrin Marshall expected to go the distance in their final matches at Saturday's South Suburban Conference tournament.
Both matches ended quickly.
Johnson won the 182-pound championship with 1:05 left in the first period over Oak Forest's Ahmad Askhar. Johnson took Askhar down and the Oak Forest wrestler hurt his left knee. Johnson won by injury default.
"I am happy to win a conference championship, but I was disappointed we didn't get to wrestle," Johnson said. "I wanted to prove I was better than him and I didn't have that chance. He beat me earlier htis year and I felt I had something to prove."
Johnson took down Ashkar at the edge of the mat.
"His left knee moved before his body did," Johnson said. "That is too bad, because I think it wold have been a great match. He is a good wrestler."
T.F. South finished sixth with 95 points. Oak Forest ran away with the team title with 262 points, almost doubling second-place Reavis (139 1/2 points).
The Rebels had a second in Jake Tisza at 138 and two thirds in Corey Cross (132) and Marshall (152).
Marshall recorded his fastest fall of the year, pinning Oak Forest's Joe Mueller in 25 seconds.
"I couldn't believe it," Marshall said. "I came in expecting to win, but I didn't think I would win that fast."
Marshall lost by major decision (11-2) to Bremen's Ryan Foster in the semifinals. He came back to win two wrestlebacks.
"It was tough losing that match, but I had to put it behind me and step it up if I was going to place," Marshall said. "I wanted to get third, so I just came out and wrestled hard."
Tisza fell 7-3 to Reavis' Sam Almousa. Cross did not wrestle for third, because he had wrestled the limit of five matches. Both Tisza and Oak Forest's David O'Donnell were awarded third place.
T.F. North's best finishes were from Isvan Bobadilla (170) and Darrieon Washington (285). Both lost in the wrestleback semifinals.
"I know how much harder I have to work to get ready for regionals in two weeks," Washington said. "I need to work on a few moves and get my technique down."