Wrestling: Mount Carmel’s Brill among area champs at Dvorak
By Curt Herron For Sun-Times Media December 23, 2012 9:34PM
Updated: January 25, 2013 6:11AM
Bryce Brill knew all too well that a third title in Harlem’s Al Dvorak Memorial Invitational would not come easy.
The Mount Carmel junior would have to beat St. Edward’s Edgar Bright in a clash of nationally ranked wrestlers at 145 pounds.
Brill got a takedown with 30 seconds left in the first period and made it stand to claim a 2-0 victory Sunday.
“I knew coming into the tournament that there were some great kids here,” Brill said. “I knew that Edgar Bright is a great kid and would be tough, so I was looking forward to the match. It was really exciting to beat him.”
Marist’s Mark Duda (113) and Peter Andreotti (160) joined Brill as champions in the event in Machesney Park.
Marist took third in the 33-team field with 179.5 points. St. Edward (Ohio) beat Montini 265.5-230.5 for the title.
Lincoln-Way Central (123.5) was seventh, Lockport (114.5) took 10th, St. Rita (101) was 12th and Mount Carmel (98.5) took 14th.
Duda edged Providence’s Ronald Triche 3-1 for Marist’s first title.
“This is a pretty good feeling,” Duda said. “I knocked off the No. 1 guy (Lockport’s Brian Rossi) in the semis. My gas tank felt a lot better since this was the first time I was at 113.”
Andreotti claimed a 5-3 title win over Hersey’s Hunter Rollins.
“This is awesome,” Andreotti said. “I took seventh as a freshman and fourth last year. I was just looking to compete against the best and the Dvorak is one of my favorite tournaments.”
The RedHawks’ Alex Benoit fell 4-2 in overtime to Willowbrook’s Dan Rowland in the 170 finals. Nick Lukanich (106) took third for Marist.
St. Edward’s L.J. Bentley beat St. Rita’s Jake Silzer 5-0 in the 106 finals. Jack Sears (182) finished fourth for St. Rita.
Lincoln-Way Central was led by third-place finishes from Tyler Schneider (152) and Bryce Gorman (170) and got fifths from Robbie Mikenis (138) and Matt Schneider (160).
Lockport got a third-place effort from Brian Rossi (113), while Luis Montoya (195) wrestled back for fourth and Austin Strzelczyk (132) finished fifth.
Mount Carmel received a fourth-place showing from David Denne (220).