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Wrestling: Tinley Park’s Schultz lands last-second takedown

Crown Point's AustTorres Palos Hills Saturday December 7 2013. | Jim Boyce/For Sun-Times Media

Crown Point's Austin Torres in Palos Hills Saturday, December, 7, 2013. | Jim Boyce/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 9, 2014 9:57AM



Tinley Park sophomore Eric Schultz was down but not out.

Trailing Bradley’s Mason DeLong 1-0 in the waning seconds of their 170-pound championship match at Saturday’s Stagg Invite, Schultz continued to fire takedowns only to be stuffed. But Schultz, a retuning state medalist, never stopped moving forward. He landed a takedown just before time expired to earn a 2-1 victory, drawing the biggest reaction of the day from those in attendance. 

“I knew I had to get one to win, so I just stayed relaxed and kept going at it,” Schultz said. “During the match I’m real focused, so I didn’t hear everyone yelling. I did after it was over. They were pretty loud.”

With the win, Schultz was named the invite’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. 

“I was sixth in state last year,” Schultz said. “I’m training to be on top of the podium this year.”

Meanwhile, watch out for the Reavis lightweights.

The Rams sent four to the finals and walked away with titles from Tino Abarca (106 pounds) and Moe Sbitan (113).

Abarca steamrolled John Moran of Crown Point, Ind., cruising to a 9-1 advantage before securing a fall at 1:35 of the third. Sbitan, a senior in his first year starting with the varsity, used a third-period reversal to beat Crown Point’s Austin Torres 2-0.

“I was a little nervous because it was my first time cutting to 113 this year,” Sbitan said. “But it feels great. Once you get going, it’s all good from there. I was really excited to win.”

Reavis’ Jesus Vasquez (120) and Sam Almousa (138) placed second, with Almousa losing to Waubonsie Valley’s Jimmy Davis 5-4 in one of the most competitive title matches.

Crown Point, the Indiana state champion in 2009 and runner-up in 2012, sent eight to the finals and topped Waubonsie Valley for the 12-team crown 182.5 to 164. Mitch Kroening (182) and Anthony Napolitano (220) secured titles for Waubonsie.

Stagg edged Bradley for third behind championships from Tyler Mackessy (152) and heavyweight Mantis Drukteinis, who topped Bradley’s Sam Meads 3-0 in a battle of behemoths. 

“I wrestled him last year. He beat me once and I beat him once,” Drukteinis said. “He got a lot stronger. When he tossed me, I got scared for a second, but I was able to roll through it.”

Reavis finished fifth and Andrew took sixth led by Joe Vanek’s championship at 145.



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