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Walther Lutheran captures own invite

12/08/2012, 7:30pm CST
By Chris Pellizzari

The host Broncos won the Walther Lutheran Invite on Saturday with a solid 222 point-performance. Seaholm (MI) took second with 162.5 points, while Elmwood Park finished third with 161.5 points.


Nazareth's Blaine Bilek wrestles Elmwood Park's John Tito during the 15th Warren G. Hoger Wrestling Invitational on Saturday. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media

The host Broncos won the Walther Lutheran Invite on Saturday with a solid 222 point-performance. Seaholm (MI) took second with 162.5 points, while Elmwood Park finished third with 161.5 points.

Shawn Swiderek of Walther Lutheran defeated Jair Torres of Kelvyn Park by fall at 3:37 for the 120-pound title and Marco Nambo claimed the 126-pound championship with a victory by fall at 2:23 over Mike Roggenkamp of St. Francis de Sales. Walther Lutheran also saw Frank Caputo grab the 132-pound title, Ean Eichert win the 138-pound championship, and Pierre Pelley finish first in the 170-pound division.

John Tito of Elmwood Park won the 152-pound championship with a 13-7 decision win over Blaine Bilek of Nazareth, which finished fifth with 133 points.

The Tigers saw Austin Tillema win the 106-pound championship with a major decision win of 10-2 over Brian Zarky of Mather, while junior Ben Vazquez, who is 11-0 on the season and ranked fifth in the state by Illinois Matmen, took first place in the 113-pound division with a two technical fall, major decision victory in the final over sophomore Juan Reyes of Guerin.
 
“I’m happy to finish first, but I still think I can do a lot better out there. I’m not satisfied yet,” said Vazquez.  

Nazareth’s Pat Vitek, who has six wins and no defeats this season, captured the 195-pound championship with a victory by fall at 2:10 over Ian Miller of Walther Lutheran.  The Roadrunners also saw Dan DeSimone lose the 220-pound final in a fall at 5:55 against Joe Schudt of De La Salle.
 
Guerin head coach Earl Danan said he was pleased with his team’s eighth-place performance.

“I’m really happy. We’re small but mighty. We showed a lot of toughness out there today,” said Danan.
 
St. Joseph, which finished thirteenth out of thirteen teams can take solace in the performance of senior Max Gonzalez, who went 2-2 on the day.
 
“We’re disappointed, but I think we did some things well today. We only brought five guys today when we usually bring seven. We’ll bounce back,” said Gonzalez.

 

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