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Brill, Murphy win third straight Dvorak titles

12/23/2012, 8:00pm CST
By Curt Herron

St. Edward of Ohio won four individual titles to edge Montini at the Al Dvorak Memorial Invitational.

Brian Murphy and Bryce Brill both had their sights set on a third-straight title at the Al Dvorak Memorial Invitational.

But if two of Illinois' best were going to pull off the feat Sunday, they had to do so against a pair of talented Ohioans.

And while St. Edward of Ohio won four individual titles and also the team championship, it couldn't stop Brill and Murphy.

Mount Carmel junior Brill edged Edgar Bright 2-0 in the 145 championship in a clash of nationally-ranked individuals.

"I knew coming into the tournament that there were some great kids here," Brill said. "I knew that Edgar Bright is a great kid and would be tough, so I was looking forward to the match. It was really exciting to beat him."

Glenbard North senior Murphy followed up on that win with a 6-4 victory over Markus Scheidel in the next title at 152.

"This is one of the toughest tournaments so it's a great feeling to win it for the third time," Murphy said. "The great competition gets you better. But state championships aren't won here so I have to keep working hard."

St. Edward beat defending champ Montini 265.5-230.5 for top honors in the 33-team event at Harlem in Machesney Park.

Marist (179.5), Marmion (157.5), Glenbard North (135.5) and the host school (130) completed the top-six in the field.

Glenbard North, Marist and Class 1A Dakota all had two champs while Montini had just one runner-up, Jake Turk (182).

Winning titles for Marist were Mark Duda (113) and Peter Andreotti (160), while Alex Benoit (170) settled for second.

Duda edged Providence's Ronald Triche 3-1 and Andreotti claimed a 5-3 title victory over Hersey's Hunter Rollins.

"This is awesome," Andreotti said. "I took seventh as a freshman and fourth last year. I was just looking to compete against the best and the Dvorak is one of my favorite tournaments."

Glenbard North also got a title from Jered Cortez (126), who defeated Harlem's Jordan Northrup 14-2 in the finals.

Neuqua Valley's Andrew Geers bounced back from a title loss a year ago to beat Libertyville's Chris McDermand 1-0 at 285.

"This is is great and it shows that I'm where I'm supposed to be," Geers said. "I've improved from fifth to second to first. Last year gave me the drive and winning this was my goal."

Plainfield Central's Jordan Ellingwood joined his brother Jeremy as a Dvorak champ after beating Edwardsville's Blake Blair 13-5 at 195.

"I wanted to go out and move him around the mat and wrestle my match, and that's what I did," Ellingwood said. "This shows me where I'm at at this point but I know I can get better."

Willowbrook's Dan Rowland got a takedown 13 seconds into overtime to beat Marist's Benoit 4-2 in the 170 finals.

Dakota's Josh Alber (120) won the Outstanding Wrestler Award after edging Marmion's Johnny Jimenez, a former champ, 3-2 in their title match.

St. Edward's L.J. Bentley beat St. Rita's Jake Silzer 5-0 at 106 and St. Edward's Dean Heil claimed a 6-4 win over Marmion's George Fisher at 132.  

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