They came into Thursday’s showdown with undefeated conference records.
In the end, just one of those unbeaten teams was clearly superior.
That would be the the Aurora wrestling squad.
The host Greenmen improved to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the Suburban League American Conference after posting lopsided victories over Highland and Revere.
Aurora crushed the previously unbeaten Hornets 66-3 and also smashed the Minutemen 65-6.
Two standout Greenmen saw their first varsity action of the season against Highland.
Bo DiJulius, who wrestled in his first varsity match ever, set the tone for Aurora by earning a hard-fought, come-from-behind overtime win against a formidable opponent in Corey Haney at 106 pounds.
Two-time state placer Jack Gorman, who recently signed to continue his academic and wrestling careers at Cleveland State University, also made his season debut at 132 pounds.
Although he only had five practice sessions, Gorman got two late third-period takedowns to earn an 8-7 victory over a very tough opponent in Jake Bryson.
At one point, Gorman faced a 5-2 deficit.
"Jack showed a lot of grit," Greenmen head coach John Papesh said. "It’s hard to go out there and compete when you’ve had only five practices."
Aurora had several other wrestlers score pins against the Hornets.
They came from Nic Willingham, who ended his 112-pound match in the second period, Andrew Garr (152), Ethan Anderson (170), Evan Anderson (182) and Dante Leone (220).
"It was Evan’s most solid performance of the season," Papesh said.
Antwan Sagaris (120) and Marcus Baroun (heavyweight) didn’t have to break a sweat to score six points apiece, thanks to forfeits.
Will McGhee scored a technical fall at 160 pounds and Colin McNamara earned a major decision at 195 pounds. Kyle Peterson won by a decision at 138 pounds.
The most anticipated match of the night was the 152-pound match between Dylan Fishback and Brady Linder, who was a match away from advancing to the 2018 state tournament.
Fishback scored a takedown late in the first period and dominated the rest of the way to earn the pin.
Against Revere, the Greenmen got 24 points the easy way as the Minutemen had to forfeit matches at 160, 170, 182 and 195 pounds, respectively.
Garr and Baroun scored pins at 145 pounds and heavyweight, respectively, and Codie Cuerbo had a 4-1 lead at 106 before his opponent got knocked out and was unable to finish.
Petersen scored a technical fall at 138 and Robbie Sagaris and Fishback earned major decisions at 112 at 126 pounds, respectively.
Antwan Sagaris finished 2-0 on the day with a 9-2 victory at 120 pounds. Brian Kennedy also earned a win by decision at 126 pounds.
Leone had, perhaps, the most satisfying match of the evening.
He went up against an opponent who defeated him three times last winter.
Fortunately for Leone, he finally conquered his nemesis with a convincing 15-2 decision despite a scoreless first period.