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Oak Park-River Forest's Andre Lee wrestles Geneseo's Brandon Mizlo in the 195-pound champion bout of the Rex Whitlatch Invitational. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media
Dominance can take many forms and Saturday at Hinsdale Central it was wearing a Mount Carmel wrestling singlet. Caravan senior Bryce Brill used two pins, a tech fall and a major decision to win the title at 152 pounds at the 48th annual Rex Whitlatch Invite.
“He’s just at another level,” Oak Park-River Forest coach Mike Powell said of Brill.
But where team dominance was concerned, Powell’s boys ran away with the tournament. The Huskies scored 320.5 team points to easily outpace second Montini (237).
Jay Renteria (106), Gabe Townsell (120), Isaiah White (138), Davonte Mahomes (170) and Andre Lee (195) won titles for the Huskies, who sent nine wrestlers to the championship mat one week after placing third in Ohio’s prestigious Ironman Tournament.
“We picked it up in practice this week and I feel like just about everyone went out and wrestled hard,” White said after winning his title via 3-2 decision over Montini’s Vince Turk. “We’re still not where we need to be but we’re getting there.”
Montini had three champions on the day in Chris Garcia (145), Xavier Montalvo (160) and Edgar Ruano (220). Garcia won 3-1 over top-seeded Larry Early of OPRF in a stacked weight class that included third-place Juwan Edmond of Hinsdale Central and fourth-place John Pellegrino of Sandburg.
Sandburg placed third followed by Mt. Carmel and champions of Brill, Jake Tucker (132) and Jimmy Mickens (182). Brother Rice’s Rudy Yates won the title at 113 but needed to ride out West Aurora’s Chache Jacquez in overtime for a 3-2 decision win.
New Trier’s Alex McKenna beat three higher-seeded wrestlers in winning the 126-pound title, capped by a 5-2 win over Fenton’s Alex Cowan.
“I knew [Cowan] was going to shoot a double so I tried to tie him up as much as I could,” McKenna said. “But it worked out in the end. I knew I could turn him if I got on top and that’s what I did.”
Hinsdale Central heavyweight Brian Allen finished the night’s wrestling by becoming the first wrestler in the tournament’s 48-year history to win four Whitlatch titles. But Allen wasn’t satisfied after his overtime takedown of Moline’s Adarios Jones and 4-3 decision win on the title mat.
Allen posted a major decision over Jones in winning last year’s title.
“That’s not good. It means he’s closing the gap,” Allen said. “I need to be in better shape and that’s not how I wanted to end my night. But we’ve got time to figure some things out.”