Wrestling: Dynamic duo stays unbeaten for Reavis
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 4, 2014 10:54PM
Updated: February 6, 2014 6:40AM
At a combined 232 pounds, Reavis seniors Tino Abarca and Mo Sbitan are lightweights. Heading into the stretch run of the season, there’s nothing light about their records. Abarca and Sbitan extended their undefeated seasons Saturday with a pair of wins at Lincoln-Way North.
Abarca downed Homewood-Flossmoor’s Alec Campos in a battle of touted 106-pounders and added a win by forfeit against North to improve to 14-0 on the season.
“I think it’s just a matter of peaking at the right time; I think we’re all doing that,” Abarca said. “I’m not as concerned with my record as opposed to going out there and wrestling my best.”
Sbitan registered two wins at 126 pounds, including a 6-1 victory over North’s Jack Mankiewicz.
“Mo was on JV the first three years,” Abarca said. “He exploded this year. It’s been really good for us as a team.”
Reavis’ Sam Almousa (145) also was impressive, netting a fall at 1:10 in his only active match. Rams coach Charlie Manning said Almousa is certified at 138 but wrestles up in weight to give the team flexibility. His lone loss of the season came in the finals of the Stagg Tournament.
“Sam is our leader,” Abarca said. “He’s hands down the best wrestler on the team and we all try to follow his lead.”
Reavis defeated H-F 41-33 when sophomore heavyweight Jakub Kacki secured a pin in the decisive final match with less than a second remaining in the second period. The Rams added a 37-23 victory over North.
“Our lightweights are our strongpoint, from about 145 down,” Manning said after his team improved to 12-3. “They’re scoring the majority of our points and setting the tone for some of our younger guys.”
In a match of hulking 220-pounders, Lincoln-Way North’s Tyler Hill defeated H-F’s Devion May by fall in the third period. The match was a stalemate until Hill scrambled out of a takedown attempt and flattened May on his back. Both have won tournaments this season and look like front-runners for the Southwest Suburban crown.
“That was a big match for confidence and (conference) seeding purposes,” North coach Kevin Rockett said.
North defeated H-F 45-32. The Vikings were missing a handful of starters, including standout Connor Bandy.