Two-time InterMat JJ Classic champion Josh Alber earned OW at the Dvorak (Photo/Jeff Beshey, The Guillotine)
MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. -- No. 3 in the nation St. Edward, Ohio traveled north of Chicago to Machesney Park, Ill., for the 25th annual Dvorak Memorial Invitational this weekend. With a field having four other Fab 50 teams and many excellent wrestlers from the Land of Lincoln, the Eagles soared high. Twelve wrestlers placed in the top eight, seven were finalists, as St. Edward won the tournament with 265-1/2 points.
Winning titles for St. Edward were L.J. Bentley (106), No. 3 Dean Heil (132), No. 19 Colin Heffernan (138), and No. 2 Domenic Abounader (182). Heil's championship victory came over No. 14 George Fisher of Marmion Academy, Ill. by a 6-4 score. Runner-up finishes for the Eagles came from No. 4 Edgar Bright (145), No. 12 Markus Scheidel (152), and Parker Knapp (220). Five additional wrestlers placed -- two in fifth, one in seventh, and two in eighth.
The losses for Bright and Scheidel came against nationally ranked opposition, each of whom won their third titles at the Dvorak. Bright lost 2-0 to No. 2 Bryce Brill (Mt. Carmel, Ill.) in the tournament's most anticipated matchup. Brill used a first period takedown in the championship final to win the 145 pound weight class after the wrestlers traded ride-outs in the second and third periods. Next year, Brill can join Providence Catholic alumni Edwin Cooper and Eddie Klimara as the only four-time champions in Dvorak history.
For Scheidel, it was a 6-4 loss to No. 3 Brian Murphy (Glenbard North, Ill.) in the 152-pound final. Murphy was one of two champions for the Panthers, as he joined No. 2 Jered Cortez with a title; two-time state champion Cortez won the 126 pound weight class with a 14-2 major dec. victory over state champion Jordan Northrup (Machesney Park Harlem, Ill.).
Glenbard North, ranked No. 45 nationally, finished fifth in the tournament with 135-1/2 points despite only having four wrestlers place period. That is because Cortez and Murphy won, while Jon Marmolejo and Johnny Gosinski placed third at 120 and 132 respectively.
Second place in the team table was No. 10 Montini Catholic, Ill. with 230-1/2 points on the strength of 11 place-winners. However, the Broncos had but a single finalist in Jake Turk, who finished second at 182 pounds. Five wrestlers did take third, with three more taking fourth. They were joined by a single wrestler taking fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively.
Third place finishers were No. 19 (at 120) Jordan Laster at 126, Chris Garcia (138), Michael Sepke (145), Xavier Montalvo (160), and Edgar Ruano (220); while Tommy Pawleski (113), Vince Turk (120), and Jose Champagne (132) took fourth place honors.
Led by a duo of champions, and eight placers in all, No. 28 Marist, Ill. took third with 179-1/2 points. Winning titles were Mark Duda (113) and Peter Andreotti (160), Alex Benoit (170) finished second, Nick Lukanich (106) finished third, with three in sixth and one taking seventh.
Fourth in the team standings was No. 24 Marmion Academy, Ill., who was short-handed without most notably freshman sensation Lucas Warren at 220 pounds. The Cadets were led by five top four placers and seven overall placers, and scored 157-1/2 points. Finishing fourth were Dylan Duncan and Alex Frtiz at 106 and 285, third place went to Cody Snodgrass (195), while runner-up finishes came from No. 14 Fisher and No. 6 Johnny Jimenez at 132 and 120.
In that 120 pound final, it was a battle of juniors that have already won state titles, as No. 14 Josh Alber (Dakota, Ill.), a two-time InterMat JJ Classic champion, came up with the 3-2 upset over Jimenez. That weight class title earned Alber the Most Outstanding Wrestler honor at the tournament. He was also joined by teammate Daniel Zimmerman (220) as a weight class champion.
One additional final involving nationally ranked wrestlers occurred at 195 pounds, where No. 9 Jordan Ellingwood (Plainfield Central, Ill.) earned a 13-5 major dec. over No. 15 Blake Blair (Edwardsville, Ill.). Rounding out the weight class champions were Dan Rowland (Willowbrook, Ill.) at 170 and Andrew Geers (Neuqua Valley, Ill.) at 285.
Team Standings (Top Ten):
1. No. 3 St. Edward, Ohio 265.5
2. No. 10 Montini Catholic 230.5
3. No. 28 Marist 179.5
4. No. 24 Marmion Academy 157.5
5. No. 45 Glenbard North 135.5
6. Machesney Park Harlem 130
7. Lincoln-Way Central 123.5
8. Hononegah 121
9. Libertyville 118
10. Lockport 114.5
106: L.J. Bentley (St. Edward, Ohio) dec. Jake Silzer (St. Rita), 5-0
113: Mark Duda (Marist) dec. Ronald Triche (Providence Catholic), 3-1
120: No. 14 Josh Alber (Dakota) dec. No. 6 Johnny Jimenez (Marmion Academy), 3-2
126: No. 2 Jered Cortez (Glenbard North) maj. dec. Jordan Northrup (Machesney Park Harlem), 14-2
132: No. 3 Dean Heil (St. Edward, Ohio) dec. No. 14 George Fisher (Marmion Academy), 6-4
138: No. 19 Colin Heffernan (St. Edward, Ohio) dec. Manny Silva (Hononegah), 5-0
145: No. 2 Bryce Brill (Mt. Carmel) dec. No. 4 Edgar Bright (St. Edward, Ohio), 2-0
152: No. 3 Brian Murphy (Glenbard North) dec. No. 12 Markus Scheidel (St. Edward, Ohio), 6-4
160: Peter Andreotti (Marist) dec. Hunter Rollins (Hersey), 5-3
170: Dan Rowland (Willowbrook) dec. Alex Benoit (Marist), 4-2 SV
182: No. 2 Domenic Abounader (St. Edward) over Jake Turk (Montini Catholic)
195: No. 9 Jordan Ellingwood (Plainfield Central) maj. dec. No. 15 Blake Blair (Edwardsville), 13-5
220: Daniel Zimmerman (Dakota) dec. Parker Knapp (St. Edward, Ohio), 3-0
285: Andrew Geers (Neuqua Valley) dec. Chris McDermand (Libertyville), 1-0