The Riverside-Brookfield High School wrestling team is rolling under second-year head coach Mike Boyd. The Bulldogs advanced six wrestlers to the IHSA Individual State Tournament with a strong showing at the Class 2A De La Salle Sectional over the weekend.
Junior Al’lon Carter defeated Rich South’s Chuma Ifezue by a 15-4 major decision to win the 220-pound title bout. In the 145-pound championship, the Bulldogs’ John Szydlo lost to Jim Brennan of Lemont by fall (3:24). Seniors Nick Giurini and Antonio Ochoa won third-place matches at 120 and 126 pounds, respectively. Giurini pulled out a 7-5 overtime decision against Bremen’s Brent Ochoa, while Antonio Ochoa pinned Lemont’s Ryan Glynn at the 3:35 mark of their match. Tommy Russell (106 pounds) and Jose Contreras (113) both finished fourth to also qualify for the state tournament.
The IHSA Individual State Tournament will be held Feb. 19-21 at the State Farm Center in Champaign.
Sophomore Johnny Mologousis earned his spot at the IHSA Individual State Tournament by advancing to the 145-pound championship bout of the Downers Grove North Sectional in the Class 3A State Series. In the final, Nick Gasbarro of Marist edged Mologousis by a 3-1 decision. The Lions’ Zach Villareal also will compete at the state tournament after placing fourth in the 120-pound class.
RBHS boys basketball
The Riverside-Brookfield High School boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night on Friday with a 91-51 demolition of visiting Fenton. Senior forward Sam Johnson scored 17 points to lead the Bulldogs (21-2, 10-0 Metro Suburban Conference). Fellow seniors Ryan Hanley (14 points) and Kevin Fitzgerald (12 points, 4 steals, 3 assists) also powered the Bulldogs past the Bison. The other seniors on the team are Paul Sitkiewicz (8 points, 7 rebounds) and Jake Lucas (10 points). All five started and built a 31-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The victory clinched at least a share of the Metro Suburban Conference championship, remarkably the Bulldogs’ 14th straight league title.
The Bulldogs had a more difficult time securing their win against Aurora Central Catholic. Trailing the host Chargers for most of the game, RBHS went on a 31-7 run to close out the game in emphatic fashion, transforming a 50-41 deficit into a 72-57 victory. Johnson (23 points, 15 rebounds) and junior point guard Daniko Jackson (11 points, 11 assists) both recorded a double-double, while sophomore Jalen Clanton scored 18 points.
LTHS boys basketball
Senior guard Harrison Niego scored 20 points in the Lions’ 51-41 victory against Proviso West in a West Suburban Conference Silver Division game on Saturday. His younger brother, 6-8 sophomore Connor, also reached double figures with 12 points for LTHS (20-5, 9-2).
The Lions also picked up a 51-38 win over conference rival Hinsdale Central Friday. Harrison Niego (16 points, 6 rebounds), Jaquan Phipps (11 points, 9 rebounds), Connor Niego (11 points) and Danny O’Malley (10 points) led LTHS, which won the conference champonship this season.
Fenwick boys basketball
The Friars held off St. Ignatius 52-44 to advance to the semifinals of the Chicago Catholic League playoffs.
Junior guard Mike Smith scored 24 points and junior forward Mike Ballard contributed 20 to power the Friars (19-6) past visiting Brother Rice 62-41 in first round action. Smith and Ballard made 15 of 19 free throws, collectively, against the Crusaders.
RBHS boys swimming
The Bulldogs begin postseason competition at the York Sectional on Feb. 21 (1 p.m.). The IHSA State Meet is Feb. 27-28. Led by Iowa-bound Quinn Risley, Anthony Colon and Joey Rosa, RBHS closed the regular season by winning both the varsity and junior varsity titles in the Independent Swim Conference meet.
“Our focus is on sectionals and state this year. That’s our main objective,” RBHS coach Todd Fridrych said.