Lyons Township wrestler A.J. Villareal is heading to the state finals after finishing third at the Class 3A Shepard Sectional on Saturday.

Villareal (37-8) defeated Richards’ Deion Carter 10-4 in the third-place match at 152 pounds.

LT grapplers, who just missed punching their tickets to state by taking fifth place at Shepard, included Jack Bates (145-pound weight class), Eric Rende (182), and Justin Fuller (195). All three wrestlers amassed 28 wins or more this season.