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A lot of things went to form at Saturday's opening day of Harlem's Al Dvorak Memorial Invitational in Machesney Park.

The top four or five seeds at nine of the weight classes moved on to Sunday morning's semifinals in the 33-team event.

But a few things didn't go to form for the top two scoring Chicago-area teams and as a result, they're chasing the leader.

St. Edward of Ohio advanced eight to the semifinals and that helped it to claim the first-day advantage with 144 points.

Montini had seven semifinalists and finished with 132 points while Marist advanced five to the semifinals and has 114.5 points.

Harlem (96), Marmion (95.5), Lockport (90.5), Glenbard North (87.5), Hononegah (83), St. Rita (82), Libertyville (81) and Lincoln-Way Central (80.5) were next.

Semifinalists for Montini were Tommy Pawelski (113), Vince Turk (120), Jordan Laster (126), Michael Sepke (145), Xavier Montalvo (160), Jake Turk (182) and Edgar Ruano (220).

"Our goal is to win the tournament as a team and to get everybody on the awards podium," Montini coach Israel Martinez said. "In a tournament like this, you have to be ready at all times. If you don't show up, you're in big trouble."

Moving on the semifinals for Marist were Nick Lukanich (106), Mark Duda (113), Peter Andreotti (160), Alex Benoit (170) and Tom Howell (220).

"We started alright but we just haven't been finishing all year," Marist coach Brendan Heffernan said. "We were looking for seven or eight in the semis. We're just not mentally tough right now and that's costing us."

Marmion and Glenbard North had four semifinalists apiece while Libertyville and Plainfield Central advanced three each to the semifinals.

Moving on for Marmion were Dylan Duncan (106), Johnny Jimenez (120), George Fisher (132) and Cody Snodgrass (195).

Glenbard North advanced Jon Marmolejo (120), Jered Cortez (126), Johnny Gosinski (132) and Brian Murphy (152).

Libertyville's semifinalists were seventh-seed Joey Gunther (138), Kayne MacCallum (160) and sixth-seed Chris McDermand (285).

Gunther pulled off one of the biggest quarterfinal wins when he rallied late to claim a 5-4 win over the second-seed, Montini's Chris Garcia.

"I was down one with 10 seconds left so I knew I had to do something big," Gunther said. "I knew him from national dual team so I knew it would be a tough match. This is my first time here so getting a win like this feels good."  

Moving on to the semifinals for Plainfield Central were Nick Nasenbeny (126), Ryan Holzrichter (138) and Jordan Ellingwood (195).

Lockport got quarterfinal wins from Brian Rossi (113) and Austin Strzelczyk (132) to help it to sixth place after the initial day.  

St. Rita advanced unseeded Jake Silzer (106) and Jack Sears (182) while Mount Carmel did the same with Bryce Brill (145) and Notay Jackson (152).

Silzer won his quarterfinal match 5-3 over another second-seed from Montini, Jimmy Pawelski. It was his second victory over him this week.

"It feels good to be in the semifinals as a freshman," Silzer said. "I think I shocked a few people. Even though I pinned him on Wednesday, I was still nervous going out there. I knew that I just had to go out and wrestle smart."

Neuqua Valley's semifinalists were Connor Swier (182) and Andrew Geers (285) while Crystal Lake Central advanced Kyle Fugiel (145) and Andrew Marsden (170).

The other Chicago-area quarterfinal winners were Providence's Ronald Triche (113), Lincoln-Way Central's Tyler Schneider (152), Hersey's Hunter Rollins (160), Willowbrook's Dan Rowland (170) and Barrington's Ben Calamari (285).

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