Wrestling: Lockport holds off Lincoln-Way Central for titleLincoln-Way Central's Logan Doyle wrestles Lincoln-Way East's David Rollins, Logan won with a 4-2 decision, at the I.H.S.A. Regional Wrestling Tournament, hosted at Andrew High School, on Saturday. | Paul James Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 6, 2012 2:36PM
Lockport wrestling coach Josh Oster realized that for his squad to get past Lincoln-Way Central in the Class 3A Andrew Regional, it would require a total team effort.
And that’s just what the Porters received to help them defeat the Knights by a 198.5-170.5 margin for top honors at Saturday’s nine-team competition in Tinley Park.
Beside winning five titles, Lockport had 12 individuals who competed for medals, including eight who moved on to next weekend’s Lincoln-Way Central Sectional with a top-three finish.
“This was definitely a team effort,” Oster said. “We wrestled well in the semifinals and consolation semifinals. Everyone believed in what we’ve been doing and knew that this regional is what we had been training for.”
The Knights also advanced eight to their own sectional, including four regional champions. Providence, which took third with 121 points, had two champions and six qualifiers.
Homewood-Flossmoor (102.5), Lincoln-Way East (101) and Andrew (55.5) also claimed one individual title each. The Vikings had six qualifiers while the Griffins collected five.
Bloom (76) and Romeoville (57) had three qualifiers apiece while the host Thunderbolts collected a pair and Lincoln-Way North (37) had the other sectional qualifier.
The Porters, who also advance to the dual team sectional against Plainfield Central, got titles from Brian Rossi (106), Austin Strzelczyk (113), Dominic Naso (120), Shaun’Qae McMurtry (160) and Brad Johnson (195), who won his third straight championship.
“All year long we were focused on peaking at this point of the year,” Johnson said. “A lot of kids stepped up in big-time situations and that helped us to win this regional over an impressive Lincoln-Way Central team.”
Lincoln-Way Central received championships from Robbie Mikenis (132), Logan Doyle (145), Tyler Schneider (152) and Brett Ditchman (182).
“Coming in, I thought it might be our day and we had a great first round,” Knights coach Jason DePolo said. “But we kind of faded and Lockport got some momentum. Credit them since they wrestled well when they needed to.”
Providence got titles from Eddie Klimara (126) and Vince Ambrose (220). It was the fourth straight regional championship for Klimara, who like McMurtry and Johnson is top-ranked at his weight in Class 3A.
“This is a good tournament each year since so many of the teams are really tough,” Klimara said. “So it feels good to be able to win the regional four times. Basically this is just a stepping stone for me toward state.”
H-F got a title from Keith Smith (170), Lincoln-Way East’s champion was Kyle Langenderfer (138) and Andrew received a title in the finale from Cory Chojnowski (285).
Title matches that went down to the wire included Strzelczyk edging Lincoln-Way Central’s Tyler Price 6-5 at 113 and Smith beating Lincoln-Way Central’s Bryce Gorman 4-2 in OT at 170.
Also, Ambrose pulled out a 4-3 win over Lincoln-Way East’s Joey Allegretti at 220 while Chojnowski captured a 2-1 win in two overtimes over Lincoln-Way East’s Nicky Allegretti at 285.