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Tyler Shneider, of Lincoln-Way Central, overpowers Marist's Kenny Condon during the 152 weight match at Lincoln-Way Central, Saturday, January 5th, 2013, in New Lenox. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
While the undefeated sweep continues for Hinsdale Central heavyweight Brian Allen, it was Marist cleaning house Saturday at the 12-team Lincoln-Way Central duals.
Marist stormed past a stout Lincoln-Way Central squad 41-21 in its opening match before adding quality wins over Barrington and Bradley to finish 3-0 on the day.
Marist coach Brendan Heffernan pointed to juniors Mark Duda (113 pounds), Mario Leveille (132) and Peter Andreotti (160) as key components for the Redhawks’ success thus far in the season. The trio combined to go 9-0 on Saturday.
“Those are our juniors that we rely on for bonus points and big wins,” Heffernan said. “They’ve been around wrestling forever, and they’re really just starting to come into their own right now.”
Duda, already a two-time state placer, wasn’t ready to concede being in top shape despite his recent title at the esteemed 33-team Dvorak Invitational.
“I’m not where I need to be yet,” Duda said. “But the way we train and the way our coaches prepare us, I’ll be peaking at the right time.”
For Allen, the heavyweight wrecking ball at Hinsdale Central, his undefeated regular season is satisfying, but not paramount. He went 2-0 on Saturday.
“I was 44-0 going into the sectional finals last year and I ended up taking third in state,” the junior said. “It’s nice to not have any losses, but I don’t want to have any losses in Champaign this year. That’s my goal.
“I feel stronger. Last year I was a fat, little sophomore,” Allen joked. “Now I’m horsing people over. It feels better knowing that I can control kids like I am.”
Other notable unbeaten wrestlers from Saturday’s event include Plainfield South junior Miguel Silva (106) and Joliet Central senior Trayvon Zabala (120). Both Zabala, a third-place finisher at state last season, and Silva appear primed for lengthy postseason runs.