Wrestling: Hubs split nonconference meet with Winnebago, Belvidere

Freshman Joseph Nadig puts the finishing move on Belvidere's Anthony Vrlac during the Rochelle Hub varsity wrestling meet with Belvidere and Winnebago on Tuesday. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle moves to 16-5 on season

ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Hub varsity wrestling team hosted a three-team nonconference meet against Winnebago and Belvidere on Tuesday. Rochelle fell 65-18 against Belvidere before defeating Winnebago 54-24 to close out the meet. The Hubs are now 16-5 overall.


Jake Bell opened the dual with two takedowns and two near-falls before pinning to win the 195-pound bout. TJ Mitchell followed with a first-period pin to win the 220-pound bout before Rochelle freshman Kaiden Morris stepped up to the 285-pound bout against Bryan West, scoring a takedown and pinning West with five seconds remaining in the first period to win.

Brayden Tenuissen took a 9-3 lead before pinning in the second period to win the 106-pound bout for Belvidere. Rochelle won the next two matchups, with freshman Xavier Villalobos receiving a forfeit in the 113-pound bout and freshman Joseph Nadig recording a first-period pin against Anthony Vrlac in the 120-pound bout. With the match tied at 18-18, Belvidere scored 47 unanswered points across eight consecutive bouts to seal the dual victory.

Dominic Girardin and Kamryn LaBeau each pinned to win the 126-pound and 132-pound bouts for Belvidere before Colin Young scored a technical fall to win the 138-pound bout. Drake Treu received a forfeit in the 145-pound bout and Antonio Alvarado earned a first-period pin in the 152-pound bout. Belvidere closed out the dual with three consecutive pins from Nick Taylor, Tayvione Wilson and AJ Piloni in the 160-pound, 170-pound and 182-pound bouts.


Freshmen Kaiden Morris and Damon Cagle received forfeits in the 220-pound and 285-pound bouts for Rochelle before sophomore Tommy Tourdot took another forfeit for the Hubs in the 106-pound bout. Freshman Xavier Villalobos dominated the 113-pound bout against Chase Whitehead, totaling three takedowns and one near-fall before pinning in the second period.

Rochelle took five consecutive forfeits in the 120-pound (Joseph Nadig), 126-pound (Weldon Nay), 132-pound (Wesley Brown), 145-pound (Grant Gensler) and 152-pound (Caleb Nadig) bouts. Winnebago won the final four matches with pins from 160-pounder Charley Murray, 170-pounder Lucas Cowman, 182-pounder Mannix Faworski and 195-pounder Gabe Ginger.