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Wrestling notebook: Unbeaten Porters win SWSC Blue title

Lincoln-Way West's Garett Geigner controls Joliet West's Jack Brenczewski on Thursdayat Joliet West High School.
Lincoln-Way West's Garett Geigner controls Joliet West's Jack Brenczewski on Thursdayat Joliet West High School.

Lockport had a light week, competing in one only dual meet Thursday, but its 41-21 win at Lincoln-Way East was noteworthy because it improved coach Josh Oster’s Porters to 14-0 and gave them a second straight SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue title.

The Porters, who are No. 4 in the Class 3A Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association rankings, got a pin from Jacob Doll, major decisions from Logan Kaminski, Keegan Roberson, Nate Ramsey, Joe Oster and Jon Kratz and a 3-1 win from Kyle Boone.

Lockport wraps up dual meet competition this week against Marmion on Thursday and Andrew on Friday and then at Neuqua Valley’s mega duals Saturday. Half of the Porters’ wins have come against teams that are ranked 12th or better in their class.

The Porters are seeking their fifth appearance in six years at the dual team state finals when postseason competition begins Feb. 8 at their own regional, which includes Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way West and Providence Catholic.

Weekend recap

Princeton: Coal City took fifth place at the Princeton Invitational, while Reed-Custer and Wilmington also wrestled in the 34-team event. The Coalers’ Daniel Jezik (195 pounds) had two falls and a win by technical fall before getting a win by injury default in the title match. Also for the Coalers, Evan Rivera (106) placed second, Ashton Harvey (170) was fourth and Zach Finch (126) took fourth.

Leading the Comets were Bobby Mann (120), Noah Curl (182) and Kody Marschner (195), who all finished fourth.

Geneva: Plainfield Central and Joliet Central competed at Geneva’s Newbill Invite, which featured 17 teams. Winning titles for the Wildcats were Nick Minnito (126) and Joey Ahern (152), while Matt Arsenault (170) took third. The Steelmen had a second-place finisher in Tony Toledo (106), while Jayden Perez (182) and Rick Guzman (285) each placed third.

Prairie Central: Romeoville took fourth and Dwight was fifth in the 17-team Prairie Central Classic. Leading the Spartans was champion Jaden Ruiz (113), who got pins in all five of his matches, while Cristian Dondiego (160) and Anthony Mark (170) both finished second. Winning a title for Dwight was Dillon Sarff (120), while Daniel Gutierrez (145) and Cade Enerson (152) each placed second, and Malaki Slaughter (220) took third.

Lincoln-Way West mega dual: The Warriors capped a five-win week with three decisive victories at their mega duals. They won, 55-15, against Oswego, 60-16, over Plainfield North and, 65-9, against Zion-Benton. Going 3-0 for the Warriors were Karter Guzman (106), Javen Estrada (138), Garrett Geigner (145), Brock Pfeifer (152) and Nolan Krol (182).

Finishing with two wins were Tyler Mansker (113), Jake Simon (126), Kenner Guzman (132), Anthony Gorman (160), Payton Geigner (160/170), Jack Pedigo (195), Jake Tilson (220/285) and Griffin Ketelaar (220). Plainfield North also beat Maine South and lost to Providence. Dylan Amico and Evan Smith each went 3-0, while Brody Wyller, Jacob Macatangay, Jared Gumila and Kaden McCombs all won twice.