Wrestling: Plainfield Central gains revenge vs Neuqua ValleyNick Schultz of Oswego High School battle's Plainfield Central's Clayton Ledbetter on Saturday February 4, 2012 at the IHSA Neuqua Valley Class 3A Regional Tournament in Naperville IL. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 4, 2012 10:14PM
While only seven of Plainfield Central’s wrestlers advanced beyond the Class 3A Neuqua Valley Regional, all 13 of the Wildcats placed in the top four and made point contributions in order to claim the team trophy.
Having lost a dual-meet to Neuqua Valley’s Wildcats a few weeks back, the “PC” version of Wildcats had a better experience in the Neuqua Valley gym by compiling 170 points – 28 ahead of the regional meet hosts.
Winning regional titles for Plainfield were Nick Nasenbenny (29-6) at 120, Nathan Davis (10-1) at 126, Ryan Holzrichter (30-8) at 138 and Jordan Ellingwood (36-3) at 182.
Bolingbrook 285-pounder Rob Bain (20-0) remained unbeaten with a default win over Neuqua Valley’s Andrew Geers (30-3).
Capturing five make-or-break third-place contests as part of advancing eight to sectionals, Oswego (126) managed to slip by Waubonsie Valley (122.5) for third as a team following the final round. Bolingbrook (91) took fifth and was followed by Plainfield North (83.5), Oswego East (78), and Plainfield East (35).
Nick Schultz claimed the 113-pound crown to account for Oswego’s lone title while Elton Manuel did the same for Waubonsie Valley at 160. In Manuel’s case, his 5:09 title-bout pin over Oswego East’s Zach Prinz was celebrated by a gymnasium-length sprint up and back.
“That’s in order to keep pushing myself and to be ready if the next match goes to overtime or whatever,” Manuel noted. “I’ve got to sprint or jump rope, something to push myself even more even after a win. I know we can always use the team points, so I was pushing for six and anytime I get an opponent on his back it’s great because I know I’m advancing.”
Oswego East’s lone individual title came at 106 from diminutive Reuben Reyes, a 4-foot-11 senior who displayed an impressive vertical jump by leaping to the top spot on the podium after his 3:48 stick in his championship contest.
“This was one of my goals for this year and right toward the end of the first period, I noticed he was near his breaking point, so I went for the pin,” Reyes said. “It feels amazing when you get your opponent to give up, it’s an extra confidence boost.”