Wrestling: Lincoln-Way East’s Allegretti steals show at Illini Classic
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 18, 2014 9:00PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 6:51AM
A pair of future Boilermakers crashed Saturday’s Illini Classic, but Lincoln-Way East senior Nick Allegretti undoubtedly stole the show.
Allegretti, a 285-pound Illinois football recruit, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after handing Hinsdale Central state champ Brian Allen, a Michigan State football recruit, his first defeat in two seasons.
In front of his home crowd, Allegretti won the match via escape in sudden death overtime after Allen was forced to give up bottom position due to an unsportsmanlike conduct call. The final tally was 5-4, with both managing escapes in the two overtimes prior.
“It’s a great win. Both of us were fighting until the end,” Allegretti said. “It’s a great accomplishment to get (Outstanding Wrestler), but that’s not why I wrestle. I wrestle to win a state championship. This match will give me confidence — it shows I can beat him.”
Allegretti had fallen to Allen in their three previous bouts. He said it was an added bonus to win the tournament — which requires a coach to have wrestled at Illinois for entry — in front of so many Illini.
Marist three-peated as team champion with four individual titleholders. Mark Duda, a three-time state medalist, became the first wrestler to notch four titles at the 16-team invite. Duda went up to 126 and outmaneuvered Lincoln-Way West’s Kyle Ruettiger 9-3 for the honor.
“It’s bittersweet being my last tournament here, but it’s really nice to win four and be the first guy to do it,” Duda said.
Marist also received titles from Alex Benoit (182), and Purdue-bound seniors Peter Andreotti (160) and Mario Leveille (138).
“That’s a state semifinal caliber match right there,” Leveille said after topping St. Charles East’s Isaiah Vela. “I made the finals last year but couldn’t wrestle because of a knee injury. It’s good to get one.”
St. Rita finished second behind a pair of champions: Austin O’Connor (106) and Jake Silzer (113). Silzer navigated a rugged field, topping Marist’s Nick Lukanich in the semifinals before outlasting St. Charles East sophomore Anthony Rubino 1-0 in the finals.
“It was probably one of the hardest brackets,” Silzer said. “I was excited about beating Lukanich after he topped me at the Dvorak. I was a lot more aggressive on my feet.”
Lincoln-Way West, St. Charles East and Lincoln-Way East rounded out the top five.
Hinsdale Central’s Juwan Edmond (145) and Matt Allen (220), Brian’s younger brother, were the only other teammates to take home titles.
Other champs include Plainfield East’s Zach Krause (120), Morris’ Kenny Baldridge (132), Minooka’s Carson Oughton (152), Schaumburg’s Sadarriss Patterson (170) and Harlem’s Kailor Hecox (195).