Quintavius Murrell

Senior Quintavius Murrell, junior Josh Gonzalez and sophomore Max Strong all finished second and the Riverside-Brookfield High School boys wrestling team finished fourth at the Harvard Sciacca/Holtfreter Tournament on Dec. 16-17.

While Murrell (12-3) returned to the finals at 120 pounds as he did at the Fenton Invite on Dec. 3, Gonzalez (13-4 at 138) and Strong (9-7 at 160) reached their first finals. This was only Strong’s second varsity tournament.

“Another growing experience for our younger wrestlers,” RBHS coach Nick Curby said. “It was kind of an up-and-down tournament. We had a lot of big wins by a lot of kids, a lot of tough losses, but we’re definitely continuing to grow as a team.”

In his final, Murrell lost 5-0 to Bremen’s undefeated Nore Turner (10-0) after a pin and 12-5 decision. Murrell improved upon the Fenton Invite final, in which he lost to Turner 13-0.

Gonzalez lost his final 7-1 to Woodstock North’s Doug Zimmerman (9-1) after back-to-back pins.

After two first-period pins, Strong was pinned in 3:48 in the title match. 

Junior Cade Tomkins (11-7 at 152) took third with a 20-10 major decision and senior Joe Midona (7-3 at 220) finished third with a 3-1 victory.

Sophomores Chase Murrell (9-7 at 106) and Edgar Mosquera (10-5 at 113), junior Jacob Noe (2-2 at 145) and seniors Bill Martin (11-4 at 170) and Devontae Givens (12-6 at 285) were fourth. Sophomore Jacob Godoy (4-5 at 138) was sixth.

“Knowing we were going to have a younger team, we knew we’d have some growing pains along the way,” Curby said. “We’re not where we want to be, but we have time to get there. We’re really excited with the progress of the younger kids.”

RBHS girls basketball

Emily Orga

The RBHS girls basketball team took fifth place at the Oak Lawn Tournament with a 50-46 victory Dec. 17 over the host Spartans.

Junior Emily Organ was named to the nine-player all-tournament team.

The Bulldogs (7-5) had finished 1-2 in pool play, beating Lindblom 44-34 on Dec. 14 and losing to Thornton Fractional South 62-27 on Dec. 12 and Romeoville 61-52 on Dec. 10.

Alyssa Morris (16 points with 3 threes, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists) and Niamh Larson (13 points) both scored in double figures against Lindblom. Other standouts included Organ (13 rebounds, 7 points, 3 assists), Luna Lloyd (8 rebounds) and Mayan Covarrubias (4 rebounds).

Organ and Morris each scored seven points against Thornton Fractional South and Larson added six. Organ (13) and Covarrubias (7) were top rebounders.

Organ (11 points, 4 rebounds) and Morris (11 points, 6 rebounds), Larson (9 points), Bryce Pacourek (7 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals), Ava Marrello (7 points, 3 steals) and Lloyd (5 rebounds) paced the Bulldogs against Romeoville.

The Bulldogs begin play at the Sandburg Tournament on Dec. 26.

RBHS boys swimming and diving 

The RBHS boys swimming and diving team tied for fourth at the Downers Grove South Invitational on Dec. 17.

Junior Drew Rosa won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.32) by 1.12 seconds and was second in the 100 butterfly (53.21).

In diving, freshman Oscar Bursua (314.30 points) and sophomore Nathan Kissel (310.00) finished third and fourth, respectively.

The 200 medley relay of juniors Lucas Hedrich, Alex Jacobs, Rosa and Hayden Marrs (1:43.48) and the 200 free relay of Marrs, Rosa, Jacobs and sophomore Aiden Pankros (1:33.05) both finished third.

Junior Cooper Marrs was fifth in the 200 free (1:56.73) and 500 free (5:14.57). Hedrich was fifth in the 100 backstroke (58.43).

RBHS girls gymnastics

The Bulldogs lost at Homewood-Flossmoor 126.15 to 124.75 on Dec. 14.

Sophomore Lia Christiansen won all-around (34.70), vault (9.0) and floor exercise (8.9) and was second on uneven parallel bars (8.2) and balance beam (8.6).

Sophomore Reese Phelan was third on uneven bars (7.6), senior Sarah Lindenberg was fourth on floor (7.9) and junior Annabel Krueger shared fourth on uneven bars (7.4) and was fifth on floor (7.85), beam (7.8) and all-around (30.55).