Wrestling: Marist has its way at Central Mega Duals
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 5, 2013 10:34PM
Mark Duda (bottom), of Marist, and Lincoln-Way Central's Ian Meagher compete for the 113 weight class at Lincoln-Way Central, Saturday, January 5th, 2013, in New Lenox. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:30AM
While Tyler Schneider continues to sweep through the 152-pound division for Lincoln-Way Central, it was Marist cleaning house Saturday at the 12-team Lincoln-Way Central Mega Duals.
Marist stormed past a stout Lincoln-Way Central squad 41-21 in its opening match before adding quality wins over Barrington and Bradley to finish 3-0 on the day.
Marist coach Brendan Heffernan pointed to juniors Mark Duda (113 pounds), Mario Leveille (132) and Peter Andreotti (160) as key components for the RedHawks’ success. The trio combined to go 9-0 on Saturday.
“Those are our juniors that we rely on for bonus points and big wins,” Heffernan said. “They’ve been around wrestling forever and they’re really just starting to come into their own right now.”
Duda, a two-time state placer, wasn’t ready to concede being in top shape despite his recent title at the esteemed 33-team Dvorak Invitational.
“I’m not where I need to be yet,” Duda said. “But the way we train and the way our coaches prepare us, I’ll be peaking at the right time.”
“The bottom line is we’re winning,” Leveille said. “We’ll tweak some things and get ready for the state series.”
For Schneider, considered one of the top 152-pounders in the state, Marist was a solid measuring stick for Lincoln-Way Central.
“(Marist) is a great team. There’s no slouch on that team,” Schneider said. “I thought we could have performed a little better but we had a few forfeits and that hurt.”
Schneider (31-3) pointed out strong performances by teammates Robbie Mikenis, Matt Schneider and Bryce Gorman as the Knights rebounded with victories over Glenbard East and Plainfield South.
Individually, the senior sees himself improving day by day.
“The goal is a state championship,’ Schneider said. “I think I’m a top contender. I know I am but I still need to keep improving.”
Oswego mega duals: Lincoln-Way East went undefeated, besting Naperville North 36-28, Oswego 37-28 and Streamwood 72-9.
T.F. South quadrangular: Homewood-Flossmoor was the top team, the Vikings defeating Andrew 47-22, Thornwood 61-12 and T.F. South 42-28. T.F. South came in second after beating Thornwood 53-22 and Andrew 33-30. The host Rebels were led by Blake Tisza (138) and Corinthian McBridge (heavyweight), who posted two pins apiece.
Fenwick quadrangular: Providence swept the competition, beating Fenwick 71-10, Plainfield North 54-21 and Joliet West 40-34.
Leyden Invitational: Alec Brown (220) won his weight class in helping Oak Forest (162.50) finish second behind Conant (189.50) in the 13-team field. Danny Swain (106), Patrick Kristin (152) and Jim Kluk (160) were runners-up for the Bengals, who also produced a pair of third-place winners in Francis Edelen (113) and Mousa Jodeh (126). Richards (142) tied for fourth thanks in part to championships from Corey Willett (113) and Deion Carter (152). Kameron Sconiers (170) added a third-place showing for the Bulldogs.
Sycamore Invitational: Frank Voltattorni (132) finished fourth in directing Marian Catholic (207.50) to 19th place in the 23-team tournament won by Hononegah (679).
No. 1 Morgan Park 81, Normal U-High 51: Billy Garrett accumulated 19 points and six assists to power Morgan Park (15-1) at Brooks. Kyle Davis added 16 points, seven rebounds and six steals for the Mustangs, while Josh Cunningham finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Providence 65, Collinsville 64 (OT): Kevin Kozan scored 19 points and Miles Boykin added 12 to lead visiting Providence (10-6).
Muskegon (Mich.) Shootout
Romulus (Mich.) 64, Seton 57: Mark Weems contributed 17 points and six rebounds for Seton (10-8). Alex Foster tacked on 13 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots for the Sting.
Beecher 43, Providence-St. Mel 28: Ashley Carroll had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Beecher. Meghan Jacobson added 10 points for the Ladycats.
Thornwood 48, Eisenhower 34: Aaliyah Wricks scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds for host Thornwood (7-6).
Prepcasts Elite Shootout
No. 1 Marian Catholic 54, Rock Bridge (Mo.) 38: Marian Catholic (15-1) defeated the reigning Class 5 Missouri state champion in St. Louis.
Prospect Invitational: Lockport (5,739 series) took third behind Waubonsie Valley (6,353) and Minooka (5,768) in the 36-team meet at Brunswick Zone in Mount Prospect. The Porters were led by Megan Szczepanski, who was fifth with a four-game series of 900. Lemont’s Nora Collins (841) finished eighth.
St. Xavier 95, Holy Cross (Ind.) 77: Brad Karp finished with 24 points and seven rebounds to lift host St. Xavier (14-4, 10-2) in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Jack Krieger added 22 points and five assists for the Cougars, who also received contributions from Anthony Grant (16 points) and Roosevelt Green (11 points, 9 assists).
Triton 77, South Suburban 76: Michael Harris accumulated 30 points and seven rebounds to pace South Suburban, which had its 24-game homecourt winning streak come to an end. Kadeem Thornton added 15 points for the Bulldogs.
St. Xavier 88, Holy Cross (Ind.) 54: Caitlin McMahon scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead host St. Xavier (13-3, 8-3) in the CCAC. Niara Harris added 14 points for the Cougars, while Morgan Stuut had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Contributing: Josh Krockey