Individual State Wrestling: Lockport’s Rossi and Oak Forest’s Swan join Mount Carmel’s Brill, Thornwood’s Williams on top
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media February 22, 2014 11:20PM
Bryce Brill, of Mount Carmel, defeats Willowbrook's Matt Rowland in the 152 pound match for the Class 3A Quarterfinals at the State Farm Center, Friday, February 21st, 2014 in in Champaign | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 23, 2014 11:12PM
CHAMPAIGN — The style of attack employed by Mount Carmel’s Bryce Brill and Thornwood’s Kris Williams couldn’t be more different. Their results? Not so much.
Brill and Williams won their third state titles Saturday, keeping their undefeated records intact. Brill, a 152-pound Northwestern recruit, used a relentless assault to climb to 44-0. He routed Belleville West’s Nate Higgins 17-6 in the finals.
“I just wanted to go out there and dominate and put on a show for the fans,” Brill said. “I went all season without giving up an offensive point, so that was one of my main goals this year.”
Williams (30-0) is more content to grind out decisions, evident by his trio of one-point victories in the tournament, which culminated with a 2-1 overtime win over Libertyville’s Steve Polakowski for the 120-pound title.
“Three is the most exciting one,” Williams said. “I had a lot more people coming for me and they were giving it their all.”
Lockport’s Brian Rossi (47-1) takes home one of the field’s most coveted brackets. The Stanford recruit romped through the rugged 113-pound field, defeating Plainfield South’s two-time finalist Miguel Silva by a 7-0 decision for the crown.
“I just want to thank my coaches and my family and all my teammates teammates for supporting me,” Rossi said, “because without them I wouldn’t be able to roll through this bracket.”
St. Rita’s Austin O’Connor started and ended his season against Oak Park-River Forest’s Jay Renteria. The conclusion was much better than the start. O’Connor (42-3) topped Renteria via 10-4 decision, avenging his lone defeat in the 106-pound division.
Crowding the podium
Lincoln-Way Central’s Joey Nelson (132 pounds), Marist’s Mario Leveille (138) and Lockport’s Tyler Johnson (195) became state-runner ups. Nelson took Glenbrook North’s Jared Cortez, a four-time state champion, to overtime. Johnson (51-1) dropped his first match of the season to Lake Forest’s undefeated Regis Durbin. Leveille fell to Oak Park-River Forest’s Isaiah White.
Lincoln-Way East’s Nick Allegretti (285) finished third in 3A alongside Lockport’s Shayne Oster (126), Marist’s Peter Andreotti (160) and Alex Benoit (182).
Fourth-place finishers included Brother Rice’s Rudy Yates (113), Marist’s Ameen Hamden (132), Sandburg’s John Pellegrino (145) and Lincoln-Way Central’s Bryce Gorman (170).
Also reaching the podium were Marist’s Jimmy McAuliffe (106), Sandburg’s Christian Robertson (126) and Brian Krasowski (160), Mount Carmel’s Jake Tucker (132) and Dru Worker (170), Brother Rice’s Juan Blanco (132), Lockport’s Vince Dietz (160), Bloom’s Johnny Foster (182) and Lincoln-Way Central heavyweight Bryan Ditchman.
Swan repeats in 2A
Oak Forest’s Danny Swan (42-1) won his second straight state championship, but afterwards was more concerned for teammate and fellow finalist, Francis Edelen, who was carted off the floor on a stretcher after suffering a head injury in his 106-pound bout against Rich Central’s Jabari Moody.
“I was really scared,” Swan said. “I wanted to get out there and get it over with as quick as I could to see how he was.”
Swan did as he hoped, ending the match with a pin.
“I’m sad that it had to end that way because I wanted to go all three periods with (Edelen),” Moody said. “I still got one more year and I plan on going undefeated again.”
Tinley Park’s Eric Schultz (42-3) fell in the 170-pound finals. Schultz, a sophomore, should be back in title contention next season.
St. Laurence’s Johnny Gahagan (138) took third. Marian’s Jose Champagne (152) and Lincoln-Way West’s Javier Montalvo (170) placed fourth.
Other medalists included Lincoln-Way West’s Kyle Ruettiger (126), Noah Keefe (132) and Kyle Rodriguez (145) and Matt Ryan (152), Oak Forest’s Mousa Jodeh (126) and Patrick Kristin (170), De La Salle’s Collin Farley (170) and Bremen’s Javier Soto (182).