LTHS wrestling places third at own regional

Five sectional qualifiers for Lions; Shaw is lone qualifier for RBHS

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The Lyons Township High School wrestling team qualified five wrestlers for the IHSA Class 3A individual state tournament sectional competition on Feb. 9-10 and finished third in their own regional on Saturday.

Griffin Pohl (106-pound weight class), Jimmy Ruston (113), Reno Sarusso (145), Wes Beeler (170) and Jack Bergman (182) each earned third in his weight class.

Pohl (19-22) defeated Morton's Adrian Guzman 9-3, while Ruston (23-10) pinned Hinsdale Central's Andrew Perez at 1:39.

At 145, Sarusso (28-13) dominated Downers Grove North's Gonzalo Alvarado en route to a major decision by a score of 16-2. Beeler (14-10) edged Teo Palublinskas of Downers Grove North 4-2. Bergman (18-14) notched a 7-0 decision over Argo's Justin Hernandez.

Riley Shaw (23-16), Riverside-Brookfield High School's lone sectional qualifier, pulled out a 6-5 decision against Drake Barone at in the 195-pound title bout. Demar Pierce (29-10) just missed sectionals with a fourth-place finish at 160.

Montini (312 points) won the regional title, followed by Downers Grove South (171), LTHS (117.5) and Downers Grove North (111.5). Riverside-Brookfield came in ninth with a score of  35.

Friars send 6 to sectionals

Fenwick fared well at its own Class 2A regional in the IHSA individual state tournament on Feb. 3. Under the guidance of first-year head coach Pete Kowalczuk, the Friars advanced six wrestlers to sectional competition and finished second with 136 points. Fenwick recorded eight pins in a total time of 18:51.

Fenton won the regional team title with 189 points, followed by the Friars, Glenbard South (118), St. Patrick (115.5), St. Francis (105.5) and Elmwood Park (77).

Matt Zuber (132), Adam Aguilar (138) and Jacob Kaminski (195) each won their weight divisions for Fenwick. In the finals, Zuber (20-14) defeated Fenton's Danny Ramirez 7-0, while Aguilar (24-10) also earned a shutout victory, 5-0 over Brandon Koskiewicz from Fenton. Kaminski (24-2), a Riverside resident and top contender to win a state title at 195, pinned Glenbard South's Adam Haushahn at 1:36 in the championship bout.

Coupled with Kaminki's successful showing, Fenwick wrestled well in the heavier weight classes. Seniors Aidan Flaherty and Liam Mahon placed second at 182 and 285, respectively.

Flaherty (23-10) lost by a major decision 10-1 against Dylan Butts from Fenton in the final. Mahon (18-8) lost by pin at 2:55 to Isaiah Brock, another Fenton wrestler.

Fenwick freshman David Capron (5-2) earned third place at 152 with a hard-fought 12-8 decision over Fenton's Miguel Gonzalez.

Friars' Justin Rodriguez (120), Joe Daley (145), Charlie Sullivan (160) and Josh Simpson (170) just missed qualifying for sectionals by finishing fourth.

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