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Benjamin defeated a familiar opponent, Geneva's Nguyen, in a 12-3 major decision in the semis. Later, he faced Wheaton North's Jamie Suarez, in a rematch of the regional final, for the sectional title.
Suarez forced a takedown with eight seconds remaining for the stunning 4-3 decision.
Derain, in a draining six-round bout where the score was deadlocked at 1-1 for three rounds, finally squeaked out a 2-1 decision against Maine South's Eugene Lee in the semis. Derain later faced Conant's Nicky Amato for the sectional title – Amato winning 8-2.
Schroeder fell in the third-place match to Lake Park's Vince Liebich.
Hull, headed to his first state competition, pinned Piotr Krupa of Chicago Taft with 1:09 remaining in the third period of the semis. Hull then faced Evanston's Kevin Washington in the sectional final, prevailing by pinning him with eight seconds remaining in the first round.
"This year is the year," Hull said. "I'm very pumped."