Northern Illinois Recap from 12/4

by IWCOA reports

Geneseo dominates the field at Rockford East

This year’s 19-team Giardini Invitational saw Geneseo run away with the team title, posting 199.5 points to finish 49.5 points ahead of the second-place co-op team from Belvidere (149). Host Rockford East (143.5) finished third, followed by Freeport (141.5) and Rochelle (125.5).

Coach Jon Murray’s Maple Leafs saw three individual champions scale the top of the awards stand in Zachary Montez (113), Anthony Montez (160), and Levi Neumann (285). The Maple Leafs got seconds from Aiden Damewood (152) and Tim Stohl (220), and Geneseo had 12 wrestlers finish in the top six of their respective weight classes, finishing with the most place-winners of any team present.

In title matches, Cameron Phillips of Kaneland won 4-0 over Belvidere’s Brayden Teunissen at 106; Geneseo’s Zachary Montez won a 6-4 sudden victory decision over Rochelle’s Xavier Villalobos at 113; Freeport’s Cadence Duduch won 7-1 over Rochelle’s Joseph Nadig at 120; Rockford East’s Donald Cannon won by fall over Rolling Meadows’ Ben Escalante at 126; Freeport’s Markel Baker won by tech fall over Richmond’s Brody Rudkin at 132; Freeport’s Jacob Redington won 12-6 over Metamora’s Dylan Baitinger at 138; and Rochelle’s Caleb Nadig won by fall over Rockford East’s Sam Young at 145

In the upper weight championship matches, Tanner Paulson of Belmont (WI) won by fall over Geneseo’s Aiden Damewood at 152; Geneseo’s Anthony Montez won a 9-0 major decision over Freeport’s Tarrone Jackson at 160; Rochelle’s Brock Metzger won by fall over Richmond’s Alex Reyna at 170; St. Charles North’s Drew Surges won 1-0 over Winnebago’s Mannix Faworski at 182; Belvidere’s Jake Bell won by tech fall against Winnebago’s Gabe Ginger at 195; Rockford East’s Joey Pineda won a 2-1 tiebreak over Geneseo’s Tim Stohl at 220; and Geneseo’s Levi Neumann won 5-1 over Rockford East’s Andres Cisneros at 285.

Placing third in Rockford were Rochelle’s Thomas Tourdot (106), Richmond’s Emmet Nelson (113), Rolling Meadows’ Alan Velasquez (120), Belvidere’s Dominic Girardin (126), Belvidere’s Camryn Labeau (132), Belvidere’s Colin Young (138), Freeport’s Jaylon Hall (145), Rockford East’s Marshawn Spates (152), Rolling Meadows’ Dominic Andrejek (160), Winnebago’s Lucas Cowman (170), Belvidere’s AJ Piloni (182), Richmond’s Joe Reyna (195), Rochelle’s Kaiden Morris (220), and Metea Valley heavyweight Jake Pauline.

Finishing fourth were Richmond’s Clay Madula (106), Rockford East’s Peter Young (113), LaSalle-Peru’s Reegan Kellett (120), North Boone’s Dylan Hughes (126), Rolling Meadows’ Isaiah Tavera (132), Winnebago’s Waylon Hanke (138), Belmont’s Dylan Taber (145), LaSalle-Peru’s Connor Sines (152), Winnebago’s Charley Murray (160), Belvidere’s Tavion Wilson (170), Johnsburg’s Kyle Rasper (182), Kaneland’s Max Pietak (195), East Aurora’s Bryan Romero (220), and heavyweight Arnold Walker of East Aurora.

Waubonsie Valley tops R-B at Fenton

Waubonsie Valley edged out Riverside-Brookfield at this year’s 16-team Weiss Invitational, hosted by Fenton. Coach Brad Caldwell’s Warriors finished with 192 points to Riverside-Brookfield’s 187, with DePaul Prep placing third with 115 points. Host Fenton and Richards tied for fourth with 111 points each, followed by Bremen (93), Palatine (87), South Elgin (79), Westmont (53), and Elmwood Park (52).

Waubonsie sent seven wrestlers to the finals, getting an individual title from Ethan Wojtowich (132) and seconds from Sebastian Sifuentes (113), Elias Gonzalez (120), David Geataz (145), Andrew Meister (182), Ashton Phillips (195) and Luke Buntin (285).

Eight championship matches were decided by fall at Fenton: Fenton’s Kon Papadopoulous over Waubonsie’s Sifuentes at 113; DePaul’s Max Rosen over Waubonsie’s Gonzalez at 120; Riverside-Brookfield’s Mateo Costello over South Elgin’s Anthony Vasquez at 126; Saint Viator’s Austin Kanyuh over South Elgin’s Andre Rios at 138; South Elgin’s Nico Clinite over Richards’ Mike Taheny at 152; Fenton’s Jovany Zuniga over Riverside-Brookfield’s Bill Martin at 160; Riverside-Brookfield’s Brock Hoyd over Palatine’s Damien Nestor at 170; and Nazareth’s Gabe Kaminski over R-B’s Joe Midonna at 220.

In other title matches, Elmwood Park’s Jack Dombeck won a 13-0 major decision over DePaul’s Johnny Cunningham at 106; Waubonsie Valley’s Wojtowich won an 8-4 decision over Westmont’s Dominic Wagner at 132; Palatine’s Joey Spirrizzi won by 15-4 major decision over Waubonsie’s Geataz at 145; Fenton’s Viktor Klimczyk won 9-6 over Waubonsie’s Meister at 182; Westmont’s Jaylan Lacy won 5-4 over Waubonsie’s Phillips at 195; and Bremen’s Eric Perez-Nava won 1-0 over Waubonsie’s Buntin at 285.

Third-place finishers included Richard’s Adnan Abuzier (106), DePaul’s Jack Myers (113), Nazareth’s Javaughn Jossell (120), DePaul’s Drew Gerstung (126), Richards’ Jibrel Judeh (132), Fenton’s Justin Dickeson (138), Richards’ Xavier Lara (145), Riverside-Brookfield’s Cade Tomkins (152), DePaul’s Jake Kelly (160), South Elgin’s Lukas Lopez (170), Riverside-Brookfield’s. Liam Cote (182), Palatine’s Sam John (195), North Chicago’s Kody Bennett (220), and Richard’s Adnan Abuzier (285).

Finishing fourth in Bensenville were Waubonsie’s AJ Ramirez (106), Bremen’s Gerrardo Zambrano (113), Riverside-Brookfield’s Quintavius Murrell (120), Waubonsie’s Will Traylor (126), Elmwood Park’s Christian Campos (132), DePaul’s Jaxon Kaminsky (138), Riverside-Brookfield’s Jacob Noe (145), Bremen’s Justin Robinson (152), Palatine’s Joey Bowling (160), Richards’ Xavier Dilloy (170), Westmont’s Spencer Gale (182), Elmwood Park’s Jack Pedersen (195), Bremen’s Alex Perez-Nava (220), and Proviso East’s Evan Carr (285).

Highland Park takes Matozzi Invitational

Highland Park won 148.5-141 over second-place Argo at this year’s 10-team Matozzi Invite hosted by Hinsdale South. The host Hornets (139) were third, followed by Fenwick (108) and Bolingbrook (93) to round out the top five team finishers.

Highland Park got individual titles from Seth Gordon (145) and Dmitry Derbedyenyev (152), and seconds from Nikko Rosenbloom (138) and Joe Williams (195). Second-place Argo got titles from Juan Villa (106) and Ethan Medel (182) and seconds from David Gonzalez (113), Luke Wesolowski (160), and Krystian Krol (285).

Hinsdale South led all schools with four individual champions in Oscar Choi (120), Trent Ferguson (138), Manny Wallace (160) and Giovanni Piazza (170). Fenwick had two champs in Conor Paris (195) and Jimmy Liston (285) and Bolingbrook also had two champions in Lucas Beechler (113) and Joe McDermott (132).

Tinley Park’s Aflonso Insalaco (126) and Glenbard South’s Gavin Krisik (220) rounded out the cast of Matozzi champions.

Dixon edges Pleasant Valley, IA at Sterling

Dixon finished with a 205-197 advantage over the second-place team from Pleasant Valley (IA) to win the 43rd Carson DeJarnatt Invitational, hosted by Sterling. Host Sterling (174) finished third in the nine-team field, followed by Newman Central Catholic (128) and Galesburg (125).

Clinton, IA finished with 85 points and rounding out the field were Oak Lawn (78), Fulton (55), and Granville (52).

Coach Micah Hey’s Dukes sent five wrestlers to the title mat and got an individual championship from Mitchell White (195). Placing second for Dixon were Gabe Buelvas (113), Chris Stiller (126), Owen Brooks (160), and Justin Dallas (220).

In addition, seven Dixon wrestlers earned spots on the third-place mat. Five of the 10 wrestlers present for Pleasant Valley won individual titles, followed by three champions for Newman and two for host Sterling.

In championship matches, Pleasant Valley’s Carter Siebel won 4-1 over Oak Lawn’s Ammar Elayyan at 106; Sterling’s Zyon Westbrook won by fall over Dixon’s Buelvas at 113; Newman’s Brady Grennan won a 22-16 decision over Galesburg’s Gauge Shipp at 120; Newman’s Carter Rude pinned Dixon’s Sitter at 126; Newman’s Daniel Kelly won 18-8 over Galesburg’s Santana Castellano at 132; Pleasant Valley’s Holden Willett won 2-0 over Fulton’s Ben Fosdick at 138; and Pleasant Valley’s Jack Miller won by fall over Clinton’s Brooke Peters.

In upper-weight title matches, Sterling’s Drew Kested won 6-0 over Newman’s Mason Glaudel at 152; Sterling’s Thomas Tate won 6-4 over Dixon’s Brooks at 160; Granville’s Connor Brooker won by fall over Oak Lawn’s Hani Odeh at 170; Pleasant Valley’s Caden McDermott won an 11-3 major decision over Oak Lawn’s Evan Zambrano at 182; Dixon’s White won a 3-1 sudden victory over Pleasant Valley’s Rusty VanWetzinga at 195; Galesburg’s Jeremiah Morris won by fall over Dixon’s Dallas at 220; and Pleasant Valley’s Luke Vonderhaar won by fall over Granville’s John Davis at 285.

Taking third in Sterling were Dixon’s Jacob Renkes (106), Clinton’s Drew Steiner (113), Pleasant Valley’s Caden Irvin (120), Galesburg’s Rocky Almendarez (126), Sterling’s Dylan Ottens (132), Clinton’s Brady Jennings (138), Newman’s Brendan Tunink (145), Clinton’s Luke Jennings (152), Pleasant Valley’s Ike Swanson (160), Newman’s Hunter Luyando (170), Fulton’s Zane Pannell (182), Galesburg’s Jashon Parks (195), Sterling’s Diego Leal (220), and Sterling’s Alejandro Arellano (285).

Fourth-place finishers included Sterling’s Nakyynzy Canazos-Hodge (106), Oak Lawn’s Eduardo Nunez, Jr. (120), Pleasant Valley’s Duncan Harn (126), Dixon’s Jayden Weidman (132), Dixon’s Austin Hey (138), Dixon’s Cade Hey (145), Dixon’s Jayce Kastner (152), Galesburg’s Che Thomas (160), Dixon’s Steven Kitzman (170), Dixon’s Brody Potter (182), Clinton’s Ajai Russell (195), Clinton’s Mike Rausenburger (220), Galesburg’s Tyler Kemp (285).

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