HINSDALE | Thornwood's Kris Williams wasn't going to let a little blood stop him from finishing first.
Williams overcame a bloody lip Saturday to capture the 120-pound title at the 3A Hinsdale Central Sectional. He defeated rival Mark Duda of Marist to improve to 27-0 on the year and 4-1 over Duda.
Williams took a 2-0 lead into the second period before he bloodied his lower lip early in the period. Two stoppages in the second period to clean Williams lip did not deter the two-time state champ.
"When it first happened, it bothered me a little bit," Williams said of the bloody lip. "After they cleaned me up, I just wrestled through it. Next week, I don't want to have any close matches. There's a lot of good competition, and I want to wrestle in the finals, but anything can happen."
In the third period, Williams scored a two-point reversal when Duda seemingly had Williams in a cradle and nearly on his back but Williams went on to win the match, 4-2.
"When I wrestle him, I know he's real aggressive on offense," Williams said. "I just try to stop all his offense and keep attacking."
Mount Carmel's Bryce Brill dominated Marist's Nick Gasbarro 17-6 in the championship of the 152-pound weight class. Brill ran his record to 41-0 on the season and like Williams, will look to finish the season undefeated and with a state title next week in Champaign.
"I could have been better," Brill said. "Overall, I competed hard, but I feel like I definitely could have done better. I'm just looking to keep training like I have all year, get a couple extra lifts in this week and just keep at it the same as always."
Mount Carmel's Jacob Tucker, a Lowell native, lost his 132-pound championship match 1-0 to Marist's Ameen Hamdan. Tucker had pinned Hamdan earlier in the season, and the lone point in Saturday's championship came with 23 seconds remaining in the third period.
Hamdan scored an escape from Tucker to score the point and win the match.
"I was pushing the pace most of the match," Tucker said. "He's a tough kid, but I feel like I could have wrestled a little better."
Mount Carmel's Jimmy Mickens finished fourth at 182 pounds and will make the trip next weekend to Champaign. Teammate Dru Worker finished second at 170 pounds and also qualified for state.
T.F. South was unable to qualify a wrestler after Tyrone Johnson lost his consolation round semi-final match.