Montini, Glenbard North shine at Conant sectional

  • Montini's Josh LaBarbera is declared the winner over South Elgin's Mike Roath in their 220-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Josh LaBarbera is declared the winner over South Elgin's Mike Roath in their 220-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Bradley Gillum and Leyden's Robert Massari wrestle in their 160-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Bradley Gillum and Leyden's Robert Massari wrestle in their 160-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Bradley Gillum and Leyden's Robert Massari wrestle in their 160-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Bradley Gillum and Leyden's Robert Massari wrestle in their 160-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Conant's Jack Hominac reaches for the foot of Montini's Cooper Wettig in their 170-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Conant's Jack Hominac reaches for the foot of Montini's Cooper Wettig in their 170-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Ben Aranda throws Glenbard East's Miguel Garcia in their 106-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Ben Aranda throws Glenbard East's Miguel Garcia in their 106-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Ben Aranda is declared the winner over Glenbard East's Miguel Garcia in their 106-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Ben Aranda is declared the winner over Glenbard East's Miguel Garcia in their 106-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Nick Gonzalez and Taft's Julian Valtierrez wrestle in their 113-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Nick Gonzalez and Taft's Julian Valtierrez wrestle in their 113-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Nain Vazquez and Glenbrook North's Ronan Schuelke wrestle in their 120-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Nain Vazquez and Glenbrook North's Ronan Schuelke wrestle in their 120-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Nain Vazquez is declared the winner over Glenbrook North's Ronan Schuelke wrestle in their 120-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Nain Vazquez is declared the winner over Glenbrook North's Ronan Schuelke wrestle in their 120-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Dylan Ragusin and St. Charles East's Jake Penzato wrestle in their 126-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Dylan Ragusin and St. Charles East's Jake Penzato wrestle in their 126-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Dylan Ragusin traps up St. Charles East's Jake Penzato wrestle in their 126-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Dylan Ragusin traps up St. Charles East's Jake Penzato wrestle in their 126-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Tommy Curran and St. Charles East's Peyton Schroeder wrestle in their 132-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Tommy Curran and St. Charles East's Peyton Schroeder wrestle in their 132-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Tommy Curran and St. Charles East's Peyton Schroeder wrestle in their 132-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Tommy Curran and St. Charles East's Peyton Schroeder wrestle in their 132-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Fabian Lopez throws Batavia's Riley Woods wrestle in their 138-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Fabian Lopez throws Batavia's Riley Woods wrestle in their 138-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Fabian Lopez controls Batavia's Riley Woods wrestle in their 138-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Fabian Lopez controls Batavia's Riley Woods wrestle in their 138-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • DeKalb's Fabian Lopez and Batavia's Riley Woods wrestle in their 138-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      DeKalb's Fabian Lopez and Batavia's Riley Woods wrestle in their 138-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Fidel Mayora and Batavia's Mikey Caliendo wrestle in their 145-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Fidel Mayora and Batavia's Mikey Caliendo wrestle in their 145-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Fidel Mayora and Batavia's Mikey Caliendo wrestle in their 145-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Fidel Mayora and Batavia's Mikey Caliendo wrestle in their 145-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Joe Roberts and Addison Trail's Jake Matthews wrestle in their 152-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Joe Roberts and Addison Trail's Jake Matthews wrestle in their 152-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Joe Roberts and Addison Trail's Jake Matthews wrestle in their 152-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Joe Roberts and Addison Trail's Jake Matthews wrestle in their 152-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Cooper Wettig is declared the winner over Conant's Jack Hominac wrestle in their 170-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Cooper Wettig is declared the winner over Conant's Jack Hominac wrestle in their 170-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Trevor Swier wraps up Glenbard North's Alonzo Smiley wrestle in their 182-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Trevor Swier wraps up Glenbard North's Alonzo Smiley wrestle in their 182-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Willowbrook's Elijah Brockie goes low to control Maine South's Clay Cichowski wrestle in their 195-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Willowbrook's Elijah Brockie goes low to control Maine South's Clay Cichowski wrestle in their 195-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Montini's Trevor Swier controls Glenbard North's Alonzo Smiley wrestle in their 182-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Montini's Trevor Swier controls Glenbard North's Alonzo Smiley wrestle in their 182-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Mike Roath and Montini's Josh LaBarbera wrestle in their 220-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      South Elgin's Mike Roath and Montini's Josh LaBarbera wrestle in their 220-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard North's Paulie Robertson and York's Josh Mathiasen wrestle in their 285-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Glenbard North's Paulie Robertson and York's Josh Mathiasen wrestle in their 285-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard North's Paulie Robertson controls York's Josh Mathiasen in their 285-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates.

      Glenbard North's Paulie Robertson controls York's Josh Mathiasen in their 285-pound championship bout at the Conant wrestling sectional meet Saturday in Hoffman Estates. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
By Lou Nunez Jr.
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 2/15/2020 9:09 PM

Montini, Glenbard North, and DeKalb combined for nearly half of the 56 qualifying spots that came out of Saturday's Class 3A Conant individual wrestling sectional in Hoffman Estates.

Coach Israel Martinez's Montini unit placed one grappler in each of the 14 weight classes coming out on top in half of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

It began with junior Nick Gonzalez at the 113-pound class as he beat Taft's Julian Valtierrez 9-4. Fellow junior Nain Vazquez took the baton and triumphed at 120 with a dominant 20-5 win over Glenbard North's Ronan Schuelke. Senior Dylan Ragusin made it three straight for Montini when he bested St. Charles East's Jake Penzato 19-4 in the 126-pound bracket.

Another run of titles came for Montini when senior Joe Roberts downed Addison Trail's Jake Matthews 17-6 for the 152-pound title, sophomore Connor Wettig scored a second-period technical fall over Conant's Jack Hominac for the 170-pound crown and senior Trevor Swier triumphed over Glenbard North's Alonzo Smiley 11-5 in the 182-pound final.

Josh LaBarbera's 11-4 win over South Elgin's Mike Roath in the 220-pound weight class capped off Montini's day.

Perhaps key to the Broncos' success was the approach taken by their mentor as it being a regularly scheduled tournament.

"You don't look at it as a sectional. If you look at it as a sectional, you put too much pressure on yourself," Martinez said. "You look at it as another event that we've scheduled that's in the process to get to the next level."

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Gonzalez likes to direct the focus on his teammate's collective effort at getting everyone qualified.

"We eventually ended up doing that," Gonzalez said. "Because we all want each other down there to have some fun. It feels really good, but there is still a lot of work to be done."

Despite only winning one title when sophomore Paulie Robertson grinded out a 7-2 win over York's Josh Mathiasen in the 285-pound class, Glenbard North will send seven to Champaign next weekend.

Robertson paid homage to his teammates for encouraging him to do his best.

"That's what will keep you going," Robertson said. "When you've got great teammates in Gold Dot Nation we stick together like one. When one guy's wrestling, the rest of us are cheering that one person on."

DuPage Valley champion DeKalb will send six members of its team to next weekend's state finals at the University of Illinois' State Farm Center. The Barbs featured four winners, highlighted by junior Ben Arnada's first period fall over Glenbard East's Miguel Garcia.

"We had a good tournament," DeKalb coach Sam Hiatt said. "You get excited for the kids who accomplished their goals and hurt for the kids who fell short."

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