There will be fewer verbal takedowns in the Portillo household.
Justin Portillo of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows won the 106-pound title Saturday at the Class 1-A state wrestling tournament, earning championship status for the first time.
Josh Portillo followed with a victory in the 126-pound division after earning a title at 113 last year.
“I can’t really tease him as much anymore, I guess,” Josh said. “Wrestling has always been a part of our life.”
Yet the twins couldn’t lift the Cowboys above Alburnett, which reign supreme in the team standings for the second time in three seasons with 130 points.
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows was second with 112.
“We had to dominate from the opening whistle and keep pressuring (the field),” said Alburnett junior Bryce Paul, the 152 champion. “We didn’t get the dual (title), but this is what we really wanted, the traditional state title.”
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Justin Portillo, a returning finalist at 106, pinned Southeast Warren’s Blake Bauer with 1:21 left in the second period.
He finished his junior season 42-1, and for 45 minutes or so, pulled even with Josh in the family title count.
“I knew I could go out there and dominate,” Justin said. “I wasn’t going to be defensive.
“I knew if kept my offense up, I’d keep scoring.”
Josh Portillo scored a technical fall (17-1) over Tanner Greenwald of Wilton.
“It’s kind of hard,” Josh said of having his brother compete before him. “Sometimes, I’m just trying to warm up and he’s wrestling. I get into it a lot.”
It was their father, Gino, who introduced the boys to wrestling at age 4.
“Last year, I couldn’t really share the glory,” Josh said. “This year, we both got titles, which makes us both a lot happier.”
Joel Haberman of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows broke into tears after getting a takedown in the closing seconds of overtime and upsetting Alburnett’s Hunter Washburn 3-1 in the 132 final.
“I don’t even know what happened,” said Haberman, a state runner-up last season. “I got sat down and went for a gator roll past his leg.
“I came out through, and that was it.”
Lisbon’s Carter Happel won his third title, taking the 138 crown after winning at 132 and 120 the previous two years.
Dale Hilleman of West Marshall became a two-time champion, repeating at 170.
Alex Thomsen of Underwood controlled his match at 113 from the outset.
He led Eric Lenz of Tipton of 8-2 after the opening period, then cruised to a 10-3 victory.
“I always want to score more points than that,” Thomsen said, “but it worked out pretty well.”
Thomsen wrapped up his freshman season 44-0. His toughest match may have come in the quarterfinals against Highland of Riverside’s Drew West, who was 95-0 in his prep career.
“I’ve been in situations like this,” Thomsen said of wrestling on a big stage. “It’s kind of hard to believe you came in here as a freshman and got it done like that.”