Wrestling: Lockport wins SWSC Tournament with six champs
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 25, 2014 6:04PM
Vince Dietz of Lockport, top, wins over Brian Krasowski of Sandburg int he 160-lb. class Saturday during the SWSC Varsity Conference meet at Lincoln-Way Central. photo for Sun-Times Media by Jean Lachat
Updated: February 27, 2014 6:52AM
Just how loaded is the SouthWest Suburban Tournament?
Stanford recruit Brian Rossi, a two-time state medalist for Lockport, failed to capture a conference crown in his first three attempts.
“Personally — and I think a lot of people would agree with me — I think the SWSC is the best conference in the state,” Rossi said. “You can look at any bracket. Just to be able to place is a big accomplishment.”
Rossi did more than place. He ended his title drought Saturday, topping host Lincoln-Way Central’s Matt Crnich by major decision for the 113-pound title. He’s now 39-1 on the season.
“To be able to win is a goal I’ve had all four years,” Rossi said. “What fueled me the most this weekend was the team race.”
Two-time reigning state champ Sandburg owned a two-point lead in the standings prior to the championship rounds, but Lockport’s Shayne Oster (126), Trevell Timmons (138) and Vince Dietz (160) won head-to-head title bouts against the Eagles to propel Lockport to the team title.
Daniel Radcliffe (132) and undefeated Tyler Johnson (195) tacked on championships for the Porters, who went 6-for-6 in title matches. Johnson was an absolute wrecking ball, notching four pins and a technical fall en route to the title.
“I wanna come out and make kids not want to wrestle anymore,” Johnson said.
Sandburg, paced by titles from John Pellegrino (145) and Hunter Pindel (182), finished second.
Pellegrino, dynamite in his title bout against Lincoln-Way West’s Kyle Rodriguez, secured a headlock and landed a pin 55 seconds into the battle of returning state-placers. It was Pellegrino’s second title after missing the last conference tournament with a concussion
“I definitely feel like I’m peaking right now,” Pellegrino said. “Heading into state, I’ll be even better.”
Lincoln-Way Central, Joliet West and Lincoln-Way West rounded out the top five team scores.
Thornwood’s Dwayne Franklin (220) and Kris Williams (120), a two-time state champ, were the only other teammates to win titles.
Williams and Lockport’s Johnson also were the only unbeaten wrestlers to win championships after Lincoln-Way Central’s undefeated Bryce Gorman missed the event with the flu.
Stagg senior Tyler Mackessy (152) was one of three champions to be crowned in overtime, along with Joliet West’s Darvell Flagg (106) and Franklin.
“(Lincoln-Way West’s) Matt Ryan is a great opponent,” Mackessy said. “I’m speechless. I didn’t know I’d be this good this year.”
Bradley’s Mason Delong (170) and Lincoln-Way East heavyweight Nick Allegretti seized the field’s remaining titles.