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Sandburg's Ricky Robertson (right) locks up Plainfield Central's Jordan Ellingwood in overtime to seal the 195-pound 3A state title during the IHSA State wrestling tournament at Assembly Hall in Champaign on Saturday, February 16, 2013. | Jeff Cagle~For S
CHAMPAIGN — The difference between Ricky Robertson and Jordan Ellingwood was pretty hard to discern all season long and nothing changed on Saturday night.
The two 195-pounders — both unbeaten and ranked in the top 10 nationally — staged an epic battle in the Class 3A final at Assembly Hall.
Robertson, a Sandburg senior, officially won 2-1 on an ultimate tiebreaker when he rode out Ellingwood, a Plainfield Central senior, in the final overtime period. Each wrestler scored an escape in regulation.
It gave Robertson (47-0) his first state title after finishing second last year and evened the score with workout partner Colin Holler (48-0), who won the 170 championship 2-1 over Willowbrook's Dan Rowland.
"We have a little friendly rivalry going in the practice room," Robertson said. "We can't let expectations down and not get the 'W'. That's what was going through my head the whole time."
The Eagles added another title in the final bout of the night when C.J. Brucki (41-6) beat Hersey's Hunter Rollins 12-6 at 160 pounds. In a state tourney first, the bout order was determined by a blind draw rather than automatically starting at 106.
The altered timetable didn't derail Marmion's Johnny Jimenez or Glenbard North's Jered Cortez, each of whom won their third state titles as juniors.
Jimenez (48-2) beat Sandburg's Sebastian Pique — himself a state champ in 2011 — 3-0 in the 120 final.
"Going into high school, I loved seeing kids, how they would win state, and I always wanted to be there," Jimenez said.
"I don't try to remember winning two previous titles," Cortez (48-0) said after beating another defending champ — Harlem's Jordan Northrup (43-2) — 9-1 in the 126 final. "I go into each practice [aiming] to win one title. Now I have 1-2-3 done, the goal is a fourth one now."
Another matchup of unbeatens in the 106 final ended with Brother Rice freshman Rudy Yates (42-0) avenging a string of seven age-group losses without a win to Plainfield South's Miguel Silva (41-1) with a 5-1 victory.
"That was definitely playing in my head a little before the match, but then I thought to myself, 'That's when I was 10 years old,'" said Yates, who is Brother Rice's first state champ.
Winning their second straight titles were Thornton's Kris Williams (20-1), a 9-1 winner over Marist's Mark Duda at 113, and Lincoln-Way East's Kyle Langenderfer (43-0), who beat Glenbard North's Brian Murphy (37-2) 6-5 at 152.
"It's definitely better than last year," said Williams, who missed time early in the year because of an injury. "A lot of people doubted me."
"I was undefeated," Langenderfer said. "You just have those thoughts running through your head, 'I don't want to go home empty.'"
Mount Carmel's Bryce Brill (49-0 at 145) and Marmion's George Fisher (47-4 at 132) won their second titles after each fell short last year.
"It feels great to come in here and get the state title I lost last year," said Brill, who was a runner-up in 2012.
Fisher pinned unbeaten Larry Early of Oak Park-River Forest in 1:45, the only fall of the 3A finals.
"That wasn't my expectation for the match," Fisher said. "I thought it was going to be in a full six minutes. But I happened to catch him in the front end of a cradle and it happened, and I'm really happy with that."
Oak Park's Joe Ariola (182) and Marist's Tom Howell (220) also captured titles. Ariola (46-0) edged Homewood-Flossmoor's Donnie Bell 1-0, while Howell (38-5) decisioned Willowbrook's Dan Draski 8-3.
"I've never been in this kind of situation before," Ariola sad. "It was different. There was a lot more pressure on my shoulders, but I just had to shrug it off and focus on my match."
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