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.