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Wrestling: Lincoln-Way East upends Providence

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Providence Catholic’s Vince Ambrose (left) and Lincoln-Way East’s Nick Allegretti battle in a clash of heavy weights during the Minooka Duals in Minooka Saturday afternoon December, 8. Allegretti won the match in overtime.| Ray Luna ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:30AM



The eight-minute heavyweight slugfest had family retribution at stake.

Lincoln-Way East junior Nick Allegretti and Providence senior Vince Ambrose, two of the top heavyweights in the area and standout linemen on their respective football teams, battled to a 1-1 stalemate after three periods in the third and final dual of the day at the eight-team Minooka Duals on Saturday.

In the end, it was Allegretti who had more gas left in the tank, escaping from bottom position and landing a takedown as time expired for a 4-1 victory in the second overtime to finish 3-0 on the day.

“He beat my brother at regionals last year so there was definitely extra incentive,” Allegretti said. “I’d been looking forward to this match for a while.”

Allegretti was the bigger man, but he also appeared to be more mobile than Ambrose, a state qualifier last season.

“I tore my meniscus and MCL playing football,” Ambrose said, not hinting at any kind of excuse. “I’m waiting until March when the season is over for surgery.”

The Griffins, who had nine pins, beat Providence 57-21. It was a comeback match for East, which lost to Minooka 36-33 and downstate power Edwardsville 43-21.

Lincoln-Way East’s returning state champ Kyle Langenderfer, an Illinois signee, was in midseason form despite missing the first month of the season — along with Allegretti — because he was playing for the Griffins’ state finalist football team. Langenderfer had three pins to stay undefeated.

Meanwhile, Homewood-Flossmoor is looking like a team to be reckoned with.

After taking second at the 12-team Hinsdale South Invitational, H-F went 3-0 Saturday by defeating Minooka, Leyden and O’Fallon. H-F is led by Mike Burke, Connor Bandy, Donnie Bell, Isaiah Smith and Devion May.

“We didn’t know how good we’d be,” Bandy said. “We knew we had the potential, but now we’re finally starting to show it.”



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