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Barzowski brothers help Notre Dame go undefeated at home quad

01/03/2014, 9:30pm CST
By Matt Harness | mharness@pioneerlocal.com | @harnesspreps
Notre Dame's Jimmy von Meding

Notre Dame's Jimmy von Meding (top) wrestles Gordon Tech's Omar Otero during Friday's quad at Notre Dame. | Brian O'Mahoney/for Sun-Times Media

NILES — The Barzowski brothers punctuated the Notre Dame wrestling team's undefeated day with consecutive wins against rival Maine South on Friday.

Freshman Josh Barzowski eked out a 3-2 victory at 126 pounds, and sophomore Jake Barzowski followed with a win by technical fall at 132 pounds to earn the Dons a 38-26 win over the Hawks in Notre Dame's third and final match of the home quadrangular.

"I knew Josh could pull it off," Jake Barzowski said. "That was a big win for him and for us."

Maine South led early, but Notre Dame pulled ahead with two pins and a forfeit to lead 27-16 through nine matches. The Hawks got within 27-26 with three to go before the Dons won the remaining bouts.

Jake Barzowski, who is ranked No. 6 at 126 pounds in the Class 3A individual rankings on the Illinois Matmen website, scored a decisive decision over sophomore Jake Taalman.

He went up 11-0 after the first period with three near-falls on his signature move before closing out Taalman early in the second with a reversal and another near-fall.

"I always try to go to the cradle first," Jake Barzowski said. "That's my go-to move, and I use it as much as I can."

Notre Dame also beat Ottawa 50-14 and Gordon Tech 50-14. Maine South finished 2-1, defeating Gordon Tech 48-24 and Ottawa 36-29. Ottawa went 1-2, while Gordon Tech was winless at 0-3.

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