Wrestling: Lockport too much for Joliet WestJoliet West's Head Coach Joey Benefiel at Lockport High School, Thursday, December 1st, 2011 in Lockport, IL. l Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 1, 2011 10:16PM
A year ago, Joliet West surprised Lockport when the two teams met for the SouthWest Suburban Conference wrestling dual meet.
It was a different story Thursday, however, as the Porters took an early lead and claimed a 44-18 win over the Tigers in Lockport.
“We wrestled pretty hard today,” Porters coach Josh Oster said. “We made a few mistakes in some matches that we lost and we have to fix that, but all in all we did pretty well.
The Porters (5-0) jumped out to an early 13-0 advantage over the Tigers (1-1), capturing victories in the initial three matches.
In the opener, Eric Dietz claimed a 13-0 victory over Jayrah Burgin at 170 pounds. Tyler Johnson followed with a pin in 4:45 over Delaisse Lanier at 182.
At 195, West’s Matt Koran got an early takedown but top-ranked Brad Johnson scored the next eight points to record an 8-2 win.
The Tigers picked up close wins in the next two matches to close to within 13-5 heading into the lower weight matches.
Jesse Venegas claimed a 9-5 win over Jack Moles at 220 and Erasmo Delacruz used a third-period reversal to post a 4-3 victory over John Jaso at heavyweight.
Lockport answered with three straight wins of its own to build a 26-5 advantage with six matches remaining.
Brian Rossi pinned Jared Sims in 3:22 at 106, Austin Strzelczyk won 10-2 over Cory Winchell at 113 and Dominic Naso used a second-period reversal for a 2-0 win over Jorge Ulloa at 120.
West got wins in the next two matches to pull to within 26-12 as Nick Winchell beat Dan Radcliffe 10-3 at 126 and Jayvin Bandy claimed an 11-2 win over Vince Dietz at 132.
The squads exchanged falls in the next two matches as the Porters’ Tony Rossi pinned Javie Hopson in 3:34 at 138 and the Tigers’ Kevin O’Neill got a pin in 2:51 over Tim Radcliffe at 145.
Lockport closed with two wins as Alex Theoharis won by injury default over Carlitos McTizic at 152 and Shaun’Qae McMurtry pinned Brandon Mroz in 3:56 at 160.
“We kind of expected to do a little better tonight,” Tigers coach Joey Benefiel said. “We have some things to improve upon. We’ll see them a couple of more times this year.”
Plainfield Central 54, Romeoville 13: Clayton Ledbetter (120 pounds), Mike Marro (152), Wendell Daviston (170) and Mike Farr (heavyweight) all won by fall for visiting Plainfield Central in the Southwest Prairie. Lexus Coleman (113) had a pin for Romeoville and Mike Helle (138) prevailed by major decision.