Wrestling: Hubs sweep Senior Day meet with Belvidere, Winnebago

The Rochelle Hub varsity wrestling team celebrated Senior Day over the weekend, defeating Winnebago and Belvidere. Above from left to right are Ivan Pineda, Noah Messer, Ben Harvey, Grant Thompson and manager Mary Coglianese. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle grapplers nearing single-season dual wins record

ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Hub wrestling team celebrated Senior Day with two more dual victories over the weekend, defeating both Winnebago 54-21 and Belvidere 54-30 and improving to 19-5 overall. Seniors Ivan Pineda, Grant Thompson, Noah Messer, Ben Harvey and manager Mary Coglianese were all recognized in a brief ceremony before the meet. Rochelle will host LaSalle-Peru at 6 p.m. on Wednesday to open the Interstate 8 dual tournament.

“The seniors have meant everything to this program,” head coach Alphonso Vruno said. “We owe a lot to those wrestlers who decided to come out and compete this year, even when they didn’t have to compete. Each senior has turned a corner throughout his high school career and they’ve become completely new wrestlers. The seniors mean a whole lot to this program.”

Winnebago

Tommy Tourdot, Ivan Pineda and Josey Weber received forfeits at 106, 113 and 120 pounds. After the Indians earned a 10-8 decision at 126 pounds, Rochelle followed with forfeits at 132, 138, 145 and 152 pounds for Wesley Brown, Grant Thompson, Caleb Nadig and Brock Metzger. Winnebago’s Charley Murray earned a pin at 160 pounds, but the Hubs bounced back at 182 pounds, with Ben Harvey taking down and pinning Zach Westmoreland in only 31 seconds.

Both teams forfeited at 170 and 195 pounds. Noah Messer took a forfeit at 220 pounds before Winnebago’s Devin Gibson concluded the dual with a first-period pin at 285 pounds.

Belvidere

Tommy Tourdot, Ivan Pineda, Josey Weber and Weldon Nay all received forfeits at 106, 113, 120 and 126 pounds. The Blue Thunder notched a pin at 132 pounds, but Grant Thompson and Caleb Nadig backed the Hubs up with first-period pins at 138 and 145 pounds. Belvidere fought back in the match with a pin at 152 pounds and two forfeits at 160 and 170 pounds.

Rochelle and Belvidere exchanged forfeits over the next three weight classes, with Ben Harvey and Noah Messer taking forfeits at 182 and 220 pounds while the Blue Thunder received a forfeit at 195 pounds. Jaden Cook scored a takedown and second-period pin over Zander Martinez at 285 pounds to conclude the dual and seal Rochelle’s triangular meet sweep.

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