MACHESNEY PARK – A total of nine area wrestlers earned top-eight finishes at Harlem's Al Dvorak Invitational. Plainfield South had four of those and also the highest finish of the four local schools in the 38-team field as it took eighth with 118.5 points, just half a point behind two teams, while Providence Catholic had three medalists and finished 12th with 86 points.
Leading the way for area competitors was Plainfield South's Andrew Bejarano, who won 7-0 over Montini's Mike McNicholas in the 285-pound championship match. His teammate, James Pierandozzi also advanced to the finals at 152 but took second place after dropping a 12-5 decision to Montini's Jake Stiles.
The Cougars had two other top placewinners in the tournament. Enzo Silva took fourth place at 120 and Jake Kendall, who lost 5-4 on a tiebreaker in the semifinals to eventual champion Ashton Breen of Mount Carmel, wound up finishing in sixth place at 160. Also, Lexi Janiak fell one win shy of claiming a medal at 106 for South.
Providence had three placewinners, with two of those taking third place finishes. Josh Ramos lost in the 145 semifinals to eventual champion Christopher Donathan of Mason, Ohio and wound up taking third at 145 while Ryan Boersma also placed third at 220.
Celtic Jake Lindsey lost in the semifinals at 113 to eventual champion Dustin Norris of Cincinnati LaSalle and placed sixth while Kevin Countryman came up one win shy of earning a medal at 152.
Lincoln-Way East's Nick Mihajlovich took fifth place at 182 while his teammate Noah Alsguson finished in eighth place at 160. Two other Griffins fell one win shy of getting a medal, Dominic Adamo at 152 and Anthony Sottosanto at 285. Bolingbrook's Joe McDermott also fell one victory shy of a top-eight showing at 106.