Wrestling: Minooka, Lockport shine at Lincoln-Way Central

Story Image Shaun 'Que McMurtry of Lockport drives his opponent into the mat Saturday, at the IHSA Lincoln-Way Central Sectional tournament. |Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: February 12, 2012 12:02AM



Corbett Oughton missed out on state trips the last two years by just one match. Saturday, the Minooka junior would not be denied in his quest to reach Champaign.

Oughton captured the title at 145 pounds at the Class 3A Lincoln-Way Central Sectional to become one of three Indians champions and one of six Minooka state qualifiers.

Joining Oughton as champs were Bob Zabel (132) and Jake Residori (170), while K.J. Minor (106) and Mitch Morris (182) placed third and Jake DeKlerk (138) took fourth.

“I thought that I should have gone to state the past two years but it didn’t work out that way,” Oughton said. “So it feels good to come into this year’s sectional and to win it.”

Lockport had three champions and qualified two other individuals for the state finals.

Winning titles for the Porters were Brian Rossi (106), Shaun’Qae McMurtry (160) and four-time qualifier Brad Johnson (195), while Austin Strzelczyk (113) was third and Dominic Naso (120) placed fourth.

“This was a great couple of days for Lockport,” Rossi said. “We had a few disappointments today but we wrestled well and qualified five for next week, and we’re looking forward to that.”

Providence got titles from four-time qualifier and three-timer champ Eddie Klimara (126) and from Vince Ambrose (220), while Cole Ferguson (120) took third and Ronald Triche (106) finished fourth.

“I had a really tough bracket so overall I’m pretty happy with how I competed,” Klimara said. “There’s still a couple of things I want to work on, but other than that, I’m pretty excited.”

Plainfield Central had four qualifiers: champion Nick Nasenbeny (120), runner-ups Nathan Davis (126) and Jordan Ellingwood (182) and fourth-place finisher Greg Cameron (220).

Joliet West, Lincoln-Way Central and Plainfield North had three qualifiers, Bolingbrook had two and Joliet Central, Lincoln-Way East and Plainfield South one each.

Qualifying for West were runner-up Javie Hopson (145) and third-place finishers Jim Spangler (138) and Matt Koran (195).

The host Knights were led by runner-up Robbie Mikenis (132), third-place finisher Tyler Schneider (152) and fourth-place finisher Bryce Gorman (170).

Advancing for North were runner-up Nick DiNardo (152), third-place finisher Clay Shelton (145) and fourth-place medalist Steve Myers (145).

Bolingbrook was paced by champion Rob Bain (285) and third-place finisher Isaac Jensen (220).

“I’m just trying to get ready for next week since that’s what I’ve been aiming at for all season,” Bain said. “I thought I wrestled well, but there’s always areas for improvement.”

Joliet Central’s Trayvon Zabala (113) and Lincoln-Way East’s Kyle Langenderfer (138) both won titles, while Plainfield South’s Jacob Meeder (160) finished second.

Langenderfer, McMurtry and Johnson repeated as sectional champs and join Zabala, Residori and DiNardo as three-time state qualifiers.

Homewood-Flossmoor had a pair of state qualifiers in runner-up Mike Burke (106) and fourth-place finisher Faraan Brantley (182).

The other Southland qualifier is Andrew’s Cory Chojnowski (285), who finished in fourth place to earn his second state appearance.

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