Wrestling: Montini has little trouble with Lincoln-Way West, headed to state

Updated: February 21, 2012 9:35PM



Mere days after securing nine individual medals at the state finals in Assembly Hall, Montini set its gaze on winning its fifth consecutive state title in the team duals.

They took their next step on Tuesday night, beating Lincoln-Way West 44-17 for the Fenton Sectional and a spot in the eight-team tournament in Bloomington.

Montini employed back-ups and state qualifiers at higher weights in their victory, but the team remains focused on the ultimate goal.

“Everyone’s scared and doesn’t know what to do because they think I’m pissed off we didn’t get 13 medals (at state),” Montini coach Israel Martinez said. “I’m going to hold them to that standard, and then tell them they did a great job at the end of the year, just to keep them hungry.”

Winners for Montini included: David Sarkan (heavyweight), Tommy Pawelski (113), Jordan Laster (120), Michael Sepke (132), John Sullivan (145), Luke Fortuna (160) and Jake Turk (182).

“Jake Turk is a stud,” Martinez said. “He started with us late because he had knee surgery, and then a skin infection. Just setback after setback. What he’s doing out here now is unbelievable. He works hard every day.”

Lincoln-Way West won five matches, highlighted by 195-pound senior Colin Mulroe’s 8-4 victory over Anthony Ferraro, the Lemont sectional champion. It was a fitting end for Mulroe after failing to qualify for the state meet.

In one of the night’s most interesting match-ups, Montini’s 145-pound state qualifier Xavier Montalvo moved up in weight to face Lincoln-Way’s 152-pound state qualifier Josh Reuttiger. It was a high scoring affair as Montalvo pulled out a 20-11 decision.

“We’re doing great. We’ve got five days late (until the state finals),” Martinez said. “Let’s keep it together and win our fifth state title in a row.”

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