Wrestling: Hubs shut out LaSalle-Peru for Interstate 8 win

Seven Rochelle wrestlers record pins in 74-0 victory

LASALLE — The Rochelle Hub varsity wrestling team didn’t conceded a single point against LaSalle-Peru on the road Thursday evening, winning 74-0 in the team’s final Interstate 8 Conference dual meet of the season. Seven Rochelle wrestlers recorded pins in the victory over the Cavaliers.

Sophomore Tommy Tourdot received a forfeit in the 106-pound bout before freshman Xavier Villalobos took down and pinned Zachary Pocivasek in the first period to win the 113-pound bout. Freshman Joseph Nadig followed with a dominant effort against Reegan Kellett in the 120-pound bout, totaling three near-falls before scoring a pin in the second period.

Junior Weldon Nay defeated Kaleb Vela in the 126-pound bout, recording three takedowns and one near-fall in a 10-5 decision. Junior Wesley Brown took a forfeit for the Hubs (19-6, 6-1 Interstate 8) in the 132-pound bout before sophomore Alex Burke took down and pinned Joshua Bickford in the first period to win the 138-pound bout.

Freshman Grant Gensler earned two takedowns and a second-period pin over Noah Zebron in the 145-pound bout. Senior Caleb Nadig continued Rochelle’s win streak in the 152-pound bout, totaling three takedowns and one reversal to beat Connor Sines with an 8-1 decision. Freshman Brandyn Metzger extended the Hub streak in the 160-pound bout, dominating Walter Haage with three takedowns and three near-falls in a 15-0 technical fall.

Sophomore Brock Metzger took down and pinned Jace Waltgren in the first period to win the 170-pound bout. Sophomore Leo Stoffel received a forfeit in the 182-pound bout and junior Jorge Driggs followed with a 7-1 decision over Gage Starkey that included one takedown and one near-fall.

In the matchup of the evening, Rochelle freshman Kaiden Morris battled Connor Lorden in the 220-pound bout, with Morris taking a 3-0 lead after the first period before pinning the No. 4 ranked 195-pounder in Class 2A during the second period. Junior Jaden Cook closed out the Hub shutout with a first-period pin against Nikolas Belski in the 285-pound bout.