OAK FOREST — The Rochelle Hub varsity wrestling team competed at the Oak Forest Mega Duals on Saturday, winning two matches and conceding two losses. The six-team dual meet featured Oak Forest, Joliet Central, Bradley-Bourbonnais, Naperville Central and Prospect. Rochelle fell 49-23 against Prospect and 42-36 against Oak Forest, but the Hubs took down Bradley-Bourbonnais 53-28 and Joliet Central 47-31. The Hubs are now 9-4 on the season.
The Knights scored 24 consecutive points to open the dual against the Hubs, with Nick Grassano, Nate Lopez, Connor Mitchell and Jacob Grzesiak each winning by fall across the 160-pound, 170-pound, 182-pound and 195-pound bouts. Freshman Kaiden Morris scored Rochelle’s first points of the dual, recording two takedowns and two-near-falls before pinning Prospect’s Eric Hernandez in the second period to win the 220-pound bout.
Junior Jaden Cook followed with another pin for the Hubs, defeating Ola Sulaimon to win the 285-pound bout. Prospect’s Joel Muehlenbeck scored a technical fall in the 106-pound bout, but freshman Xavier Villalobos brought the Hubs back with three takedowns, two near-falls and one reversal in a 13-3 major decision against Elijah Garza in the 113-pound bout. Freshman Joseph Nadig then faced James Mateos in the 120-pound bout, earning an 8-2 decision.
Prospect’s Tom Miller and Will Baysingar each pinned to win the 126-pound and 132-pound bouts to give the Knights a 41-19 lead over Rochelle. Lennon Steinkuehler then scored a technical fall in the 138-pound bout before Alex Bootz outlasted Hub freshman Grant Gensler for a 6-3 decision in the 145-pound bout. Senior Caleb Nadig scored the final points for the Hubs, totaling six takedowns in a 13-5 major decision over Connor Munn in the 152-pound bout.
Connor Nowicki opened the dual with an 18-2 technical fall to win the 145-pound bout for the Bengals. Rochelle senior Caleb Nadig scored a second-period pin over Ivan Corral in the 152-pound bout before Oak Forest’s Maxwell Corral recorded a first-period pin to win the 160-pound bout. Joe Castaneda survived Rochelle sophomore Brock Metzger’s strong effort during the 170-pound bout, earning a third-period reversal to win the bout by 4-2 decision.
Oak Forest’s Gavin Brown and John Marusarz notched back-to-back pins in the 182-pound and 195-pound bout to put the Bengals ahead 26-6. Hub freshman Kaiden Morris received a forfeit in the 220-pound bout before junior Jaden Cook pinned Tim Marusarz in the second period to win the 285-pound bout. Sophomore Tommy Tourdot and freshman Xavier Villalobos then took forfeits in the 106-pound and 113-pound bouts to give the Hubs a 30-26 advantage.
Oak Forest tied the match after Tyler Evitts scored a 17-4 major decision to take the 120-pound bout. The Bengals pinned to win the 126-pound bout, but the Hubs earned a forfeit for junior Wesley Brown in the 132-pound bout, tying the score again at 36-36. The Bengals clinched the dual win in the 138-pound bout, with Hunter Hale scoring a second-period pin.
A.J. Mancilla earned a 16-4 major decision in the 170-pound bout for the first victory of the dual for the Boilermakers. Rochelle sophomore Leo Stoffel earned a forfeit in the 182-pound bout before Bradley-Bourbonnais took the lead back in the 195-pound bout, where Nick Slager scored a first-period pin. Freshman Kaiden Morris took a forfeit in the 220-pound bout and junior Jaden Cook also received a forfeit in the 285-pound bout to put Rochelle ahead 18-10.
Ethan Spacht pinned to win the 106-pound bout for the Boilermakers, but the Hubs benefited from five consecutive forfeits across the 113-pound, 120-pound, 126-pound, 132-pound and 138-pound bouts for freshman Xavier Villalobos, freshman Joseph Nadig, sophomore Riley Damask, junior Wesley Brown and sophomore Alex Burke.Bradley-Bourbonnais’ Tyler Starr pinned to win the 145-pound bout before senior Caleb Nadig dominated the 152-pound bout against Zach Anderson, compiling two takedowns and four near-falls in a 16-1 technical fall. The Boilermakers closed out the dual loss with a pin to take the 160-pound bout.
Senior Caleb Nadig opened Rochelle’s dual against the Steelmen, notching two near-falls before earning a first-period pin over Rafael Gutierrez in the 152-pound bout. Joliet Central’s Kameron Mitchell pinned to win the 160-pound bout before Hub sophomore Brock Metzger brought Rochelle back in the 170-pound bout, scoring a second-period pin over Ryan Ruiz.
Freshman Jack Pavlak took a forfeit in the 182-pound bout to give the Hubs an 18-6 lead. Mikai McIntosh stepped up for the Steelmen in the 195-pound bout, earning a first-period pin before Rochelle freshman Kaiden Morris received a forfeit in the 220-pound bout and junior Jaden Cook took down and pinned Ramiro Lopez in the first period to win the 285-pound bout.
Sophomore Tommy Tourdot and freshman Xavier Villalobos scored consecutive pins against Isaiah Kan and Antony Toledo to win the 106-pound and 113-pound bouts for Rochelle. With the Hubs leading 42-12, freshman Joseph Nadig controlled the 120-pound bout against Alexis Ortiz, recording four near-falls and one takedown for a 15-0 technical fall.
Joliet Central pinned to win the 126-pound bout, while Eduardo Mendez took the 132-pound bout by 16-5 major decision. The Steelmen won the final two bouts of the dual. Jorge Robles Jr. pinned to win the 138-pound bout before Camron Davis-Jones grinded out a 3-2 decision in the 145-pound bout.