Wrestling: Rochelle Middle School takes eighth at Byron Invitational

The Rochelle Middle School wrestling team finished eighth out of 11 schools in the Byron Middle School Invitational on Saturday. Several Royals brought home top-6 finishes in their respective brackets. (Courtesy photo)

Several Royals earn top-6 bracket finishes

BYRON — The Rochelle Middle School wrestling team finished eighth out of 11 schools with 92.5 points at the Byron Middle School Invitational on Saturday. Eleven RMS student-athletes recorded at least a top-6 placement in their respective weight classes at the tournament.

Angel Argueta won the 126-pound B division with a 3-0 record, notching consecutive falls over Harlem’s Matthew Fletcher and Oregon’s Hunter Skoli before defeating Freeport’s Mathias Rada with a 6-5 decision for the title. Angel Hernandez finished second in the 135-pound division with a 3-1 record, scoring a 10-2 major decision over Byron’s Case Behn, a 6-3 decision over Le-Win’s Morgan Haas and a fall over Oregon’s Landon Batten-Harrier in the semifinals.

Benjamin Morris placed third in the 135-pound B division, finishing 2-1 with falls over Le-Win’s Braxton Reed and Byron’s Jaxson Mayborne. Bentley Svela took fourth in the 80-pound division going 1-2 with a 10-5 decision over West Carroll’s Nathan Moore. Wilson Nay took fourth in the 119-pound B division, finishing 1-3 with an 11-10 decision over Morrison’s Ethan Farrand.

Brandin Kirk took fourth in the 145-pound division with a 2-2 record, notching falls over Byron’s Cooper Gerdes and Winnebago’s Aiden McGlinn. Rafael Herrera finished fourth in the 185-pound division, going 1-2 with a first-round bye and a fall over Le-Win’s Jonafen Schoger. 

Joshua Lassiter placed fifth in the 126-pound division with a 4-1 record, opening with a 10-2 major decision over Freeport’s Blake Slusser and closing with consecutive wins over Belvidere Central’s Finegan Waite (fall), Le-Win’s Carter Blair (16-1 technical fall) and Slusser (fall).

Tyson Pavlak took sixth in the 105-pound division, finishing 3-2 with a fall over Freeport’s Evan McKillip as well as an 8-6 decision over Harlem’s Collin Rux and a fall over Le-Win’s Eli Henderson. Eliud Lombardia took sixth in the 119-pound division with a 3-2 record, earning falls over Oregon’s Jasper Messenger, Morrison’s Jace Eads and Winnebago’s Noah Pearcy.

Aaron Hernandez placed sixth in the 185-pound division with a 2-2 record, defeating Harlem’s Andre Jones by 3-2 decision and Le-Win’s Jonafen Schroger by fall. Rochelle student-athletes who participated but did not place include Joshua Hernandez, Blake Shelby, Sebastian Alvarado-Juarez, Tyler Gensler, Zander Griner, Tyler Etes, Dylan Melvin and Christopher O’Neil.