Wrestling: Andrew second in invitational at Stagg
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 3, 2011 10:50PM
Shepard's Bryan Tellado wrestles Bradley's Jesse Cook in a 170-pound semifinal Saturday at the Charger Invitational held at Stagg. | Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 2, 2012 1:56AM
With 12 schools competing in the Charger Invitational at Stagg, Andrew wrestling coach David Arndt was pleased with his team’s second-place finish.
“I think we wrestled really well today,” Arndt said. “In a tournament like this you’ve got to get as many people into the later rounds as possible and it was good to see our guys advance.”
Six-time reigning champion Crown Point (Ind.) won the tournament with a whopping 277.5 points, having eight first-place finishers in the 14 classes.
Andrew (124 points) laid claim as the area’s top dog, narrowly beating out Shepard (122) and Lincoln-Way East (118).
Andrew’s lone first-place winner was heavyweight Cory Chojnowski. The senior beat Lincoln-Way East’s Nick Allegretti in a grueling double-overtime match. Chojnowski clinched the win by escaping with one second left on the clock.
The Thunderbolts also had a second-place finish from John Golden at 195 pounds and three third-place finishes.
Shepard senior Bryan Tellado earned the first tournament title of his career. Wrestling at 170 pounds, Tellado pinned Bolingbrook’s Dan Korabik at 1:27 in the finals.
“I can’t even put it into words how good this feels,” Telado said.
Stagg’s Kevin Moylan, a third-place state finisher in Clas 3A at 140 pounds, navigated one of the toughest brackets in the tournament at 152. Moylan beat state qualifier Nate Volk (Champaign Central) in the semifinals and took down Joe Kennedy, of Reavis, 5-1 in the finals.
“Last year I placed second in our invite,” Moylan said. “It’s especially sweet to take the title home my senior year in our home gym.”
Ehab Refati placed first for Stagg at 195 pounds.