Wrestling Club: Junior Hubs compete at Battle of the Plains

Three Rochelle kids bring home first-place awards

Russell Hodges
Posted 1/31/22

The Rochelle Wrestling Club sent 12 competitors to the Battle of the Plains in Plainfield on Sunday, Jan. 23. Three Rochelle wrestlers brought home first-place awards in the tournament.

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Wrestling Club: Junior Hubs compete at Battle of the Plains

Three Rochelle kids bring home first-place awards

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PLAINFIELD — The Rochelle Wrestling Club sent 12 competitors to the Battle of the Plains in Plainfield on Sunday, Jan. 23. Three Rochelle wrestlers brought home first-place awards in the tournament.

Elias Andronic took first in the 43-44 Tots Division bracket with a 3-0 record. Andronic scored an 11-10 decision against Wilmington’s Jacob Deane before pinning Oak Forest’s Michael Pell in the second round. Andronic faced Joliet’s Karmelo Harris in the third round, winning by 6-4 decision to earn the championship.

Nehemiah Andronic placed first in the 57-58 Tots Division bracket with a 3-0 record. Andronic earned a 12-3 major decision against New Lenox’s Cameron Gagan before pinning Wilmington’s Zayden Palmer in the second round. Andronic then defeated Lombard’s Thomas Jennings by 14-3 major decision for the title.

Braxton Rosenthal finished first in the 55-58 Intermediate Division bracket with a 3-0 record. Rosenthal outlasted Wheaton’s Jordan Reitz by 6-4 sudden victory and beat Sandwich’s Keira Villagomez by 13-3 major decision afterward. Rosenthal topped Oak Forest’s Molly Rzab by 6-5 decision in the third round.

Elliot Huff took second in the 52-53 Tots Division bracket with a 2-1 record. Huff took down Wilmington’s Jenna Alsbury and Kankakee’s Jayden Schrempf with pins before falling to New Lenox’s Camden Fitzgerald.

Chase Marruffo placed second in the 59-60 Bantam Division bracket with a 2-1 record. Marruffo pinned Aurora’s Landen Robertson in the first round before falling to Kankakee’s Jaxton Zirkle in the second round. Marruffo finished strong, defeating Plano’s Aiden Hernandez with an 11-2 major decision in the third round.

Dominic Escatel finished second in the 64-66 Bantam Division bracket with a 2-1 record. Escatel scored back-to-back pins against New Lenox’s Colvin Dimmick and Minooka’s Caleb Weaver over the first two rounds of the tournament. Escatel came just short in a 5-2 decision loss against Sheridan’s Austin Villarreal.

Garrett Miller took second in the 102-114 Intermediate Division with a 2-1 record. Miller fell against Joliet’s Jeremiah McDonald before scoring pins against Lombard’s Easton Stazak and Bartlett’s Jerry Klein.

Samuel Navejas placed second in the 105-107 Novice Division bracket with a 3-1 record. Navejas lost by 12-3 major decision against Joliet’s Jmoni Fleming-Plane before earning three consecutive victories over Wheaton’s Vince LaFido, New Lenox’s Declan Fennessy and Oswego’s Leila Irizarry.

Three Rochelle wrestlers finished fourth in their respective brackets including Zachary Johnson, Rowen Villalobos and Benjamin Navejas. Tony Milburn took fifth in the 96-97 Senior Division bracket.