Marmion was the class of the 27-team field at the 25th Moore/Prettyman Wrestling Invitational Saturday with 265.5 points while Lyons was a distant second with 211.5 points.
Libertyville's young squad had a solid ninth-place finish with 111.5 points followed by NSC counterparts Grant (103 points) in 12th, and Lake Zurich (77 points) in 15th. Grayslake North tied for 17th place with Plainfield Central.
Libertyville was led by third-place finishes from junior Alex Mitchell at 106 and freshman Michael Gunther at 120. The Wildcats also got a fifth from junior Drew Onufer at 126, a seventh from sophomore Tyler Padilla at 138, and a seventh from junior Jack Damenti at 152.
"The five guys that placed went 5-0 in the last round. They really shined," said Libertyville coach Dale Eggert. "It was a really beneficial tournament for us. We'll get a lot of mileage out of this."
Stevenson beats Libertyville in a Lake Division matchup
The Stevenson wrestling team has gotten into the habit of falling behind early in some of its dual meets this season.
But the No. 10-ranked Patriots have also proven that they can bounce back with a vengeance against their opponents.
That was the case again Thursday night at Libertyville as Stevenson (8-0, 2-0) fell behind the Wildcats by a 15-6 score after six matches in this North Suburban Conference showdown.
Once again, the upper weights proved to be a huge difference-maker for the Patriots though as they rolled off 30 unanswered points en route to a 36-19 NSC Lake Division victory over Libertyville (2-4, 1-2).
Starting at 120 pounds, freshman Michael Gunther got the Wildcats going with a 4-0 decision over senior Alec Nolan.
Libertyville 126-pounder Drew Onufer followed up that win with an 11-5 decision over Michael Karp and the Wildcats had a quick 6-0 advantage.
Junior Brandon Zisman got the Patriots on the board with a 3-0 decision over Mike Hogan at 132 before teammate Eric Carter's 4-1 decision over Tyler Padilla at 138 deadlocked the score at 6-6.
Libertyville kept the pressure on Stevenson with senior Will Johnson posting a 2-0 decision over Ben Ponto in a real defensive struggle at 145.
Then a pin by Libertyville 152-pounder Jack Damenti put the Pats in a 15-6 hole.
But momentum was about to shift to the Patriots' side as No. 2-ranked 152-pounder Dylan Geick (12-0) moved up a weight class and recorded a technical fall at 160 to cut the lead to 15-11.
At 170, junior Robert Pavlovics followed Geick with a 16-2 major decision to knot the score at 15-15.
Bonus points were the order of the day in the next two bouts as 182-pounder Nikita Nepomnyashchiy pinned his opponent in 5:26 before 195-pound teammate Michael Kordek pinned his man in just 24 seconds to suddenly give Stevenson a 27-15 lead with four matches remaining.
The remainder of the meet was much more competitive, but the Patriots kept their winning ways going when 220-pounder Mac Chanprung posted a 9-5 decision over Konnor Lindsey in a wild back-and-forth battle.
At 285, Stevenson's Nick Grujanac pulled away from Charlie Schmidt with a 5-1 decision to clinch the team victory with a 33-15 lead at that point. At 103, teammate Tommy Frezza added a 6-3 decision over Libertyville's Brandon Murphy to cap the 30-point run and give the visitors a 36-15 lead.
Ninth-ranked 103-pounder Alex Mitchell moved up a weight class and posted an 11-3 major decision over Stevenson's Matthew Zimring to account for the final score.
"They're ranked No. 10 in the state right now and they certainly lived up to that tonight," said Libertyville coach Dale Eggert. "Obviously Will Johnson beating Ponto, a very seasoned veteran, was a big win for us. And Gunther knocking off a returning starter was very noteworthy."
This marked the second straight season that Stevenson has defeated the Wildcats in a dual meet after never beating perennial power Libertyville before.
"We knew tonight was going to be a competitive dual and coach Dale Eggert's teams will always be well prepared," said Stevenson coach Shane Cook. "But with some shifts in our lineup, we were able to get bonus points at four weights."
Full Lineup Benefits Libertyville's Rivalry Win Over Lake Zurich
By John Bumbales ~ Daily Herald Correspondent ~ 12/18/15
An old rivalry was renewed when visiting Libertyville met Lake Zurich in North Suburban Conference wrestling action Friday night.
Starting the Lake Division dual meet at 138 pounds, the Bears hung tough with the Wildcats for the first nine matches, trailing 25-13.
But with three Lake Zurich forfeits in the final four bouts, Libertyville (3-4, 2-2) was able to come away with a comfortable 46-16 victory over the Bears (6-4, 3-1).
Junior Tyler Padilla got the Wildcats going with a pin at 138 before senior teammate Will Johnson captured a 3-1 decision over Derrick Juarez in a hard-fought battle at 145.
Libertyville junior Jack Damenti followed up that performance with a 13-4 major decision over Nick Dimaggio at 152 and the Wildcats had staked themselves to an early 13-0 advantage.
Despite four forfeits overall, Lake Zurich was sharp early on as 160-pound sophomore Josh Goldberg posted a narrow 4-3 decision over Brian Vickers to cut the lead to 13-3.
Then senior Pete Baldaccini pinned his opponent with 13 seconds left in the third period, and the Bears suddenly only trailed 13-9.
But Libertyville was up to the challenge as 182-pounder Pete Delismon recorded a 4-0 shutout against Nate Bass to boost the lead back to 16-9. Junior Adam Koziol's forfeit victory at 195 extended that lead to 22-9.
"I thought Johnson had a hard-fought good match, and there was a nice pin by Padilla at 138," said Libertyville coach Dale Eggert. "Despite there being a lot of forfeits I thought we had a good win. They (Lake Zurich) had a lot of good guys not in the lineup, sitting on the bench."
Junior Josh Dyer (11-3) kept Lake Zurich within striking range as his 12-2 major decision over Mike Beck at 220 pulled the Bears to within 22-13.
But then Libertyville 285-pounder Charlie Schmidt came through with a key 7-1 decision over Eric Brown and the Wildcats led 25-13 with five matches remaining.
Libertyville got forfeit wins by Brandon Murphy at 106 and Alex Mitchell at 113 to officially clinch the team win with a 37-13 lead at that point.
"I thought that our experienced wrestlers did well tonight, we have a very young team and we only have one senior in the lineup," said Lake Zurich coach Dan Strickler. "Libertyville is a very disciplined team -- they have a gameplan and they follow it."
Libertyville junior Drew Onufer posted a 6-4 decision over Maxx Wayne in a very competitive bout at 120. That was followed by a forfeit win by Libertyville's Jackson Chartier at 126.
Lake Zurich junior Nick Swanson closed out the meet with a 7-3 decision over Mike Hogan at 132 to account for the final score.
"I thought I did pretty well, I got a lot of takedowns on him (Dimaggio)," said Damenti following the meet. "I like where we are right now, and we've been pretty competitive. In the dual meets we lost, we just lost to a better team, but I do like the way the meets have gone this year."
The Bears have been forfeiting 106 and 113 most of the season due to inexperience. But Friday they were also missing Billy Busse at 195, and Ben Baca at 126. 2015 sectional qualifier Joey Stutzman has been out the entire season for Lake Zurich due to an injury dating back to the football season.
The Wildcats were without 120-pound injured freshman standout Michael Gunther, who should return to action soon.
Libertyville's Mitchell Wins at 106 Palatine Invite Title
By John Bumbales ~ Daily Herald Correspondent ~ 12/30/15
With six first-place finishers, top-ranked Sandburg was the class of the huge 33-team field Wednesday afternoon at the 61st Annual Berman Holiday Wrestling Classic in Palatine.
The Eagles rolled to the championship with 313 points while Lyons Township was a distant second with 194.
Warren was the top finishing Lake County area squad with a 12th-place score of 91 points as the Blue Devils were able to get five wrestlers into the final round.
Mundelein had a solid showing with a 15th-place score of 71 points while Libertyville (67.5 points) and 106-pound champion Alex Mitchell (19-1) were not far behind the Mustangs in 18th place. Lakes wound up with two individuals in the final round.
Libertyville was without the services of freshman standout Michael Gunther (120/126), but Mitchell, a junior, continued to shine for the Wildcats by winning this very prestigious tourney. Mitchell put the finishing touches on his great performance by capturing a 7-2 decision over Glenbard East junior Nick Donovan for the 106-pound crown.
Libertyville coach Dale Eggert's young team also got an eighth-place finish from 126-pound junior Drew Onufer, who dropped a tough 5-3 decision to Oswego's Blake Huffmon.
"I had my ups and downs, but it feels pretty good to win this tournament and now I know what I'm capable of doing," said Mitchell. "I want to get a medal at state, and I want to keep doing what I'm doing right now and wrestle well."