Geneseo wrestlers had a busy week on the mats before the holiday break as they dominated Sterling, Morrison and Alleman, and captured a fifth-place finish at Hinsdale.

Geneseo wrestlers had a busy week on the mats before the holiday break as they dominated Sterling, Morrison and Alleman, and captured a fifth-place finish at Hinsdale.

Geneseo at Hinsdale Invite

The varsity Leafs represented Geneseo well in the powerhouse Hinsdale Invite Dec. 20-21 as Geneseo grabbed fifth place as a team and had seven place winners.

Geneseo, which is ranked No. 2 in 2A, took fifth as a team behind Oak Park River Forest ranked No. 2 in the U.S.; Montini ranked No. 5 in the U.S.; Carl Sandburg, two-time defending 3A champs in Illinois; and Mt. Carmel ranked No. 11 in 3A.

“That is exactly the competition we needed to get ready for the state series,” said head coach Jon Murray. “I think we proved we belonged there, and we can hang with the big schools. The guys proved they can hang with the competition. We got some good state-wide attention.”

Ryan Pitra (182-pounds) earned runner-up honors as he won in a 7-5 decision over Belleville West’s Claude Shelby in his opening match. Pitra later defeated Fenton’s Juan Alfaro in a 7-1 decision, and Carl Sandburg’s Hunter Pindel in a 3-2 decision. In the championship bout, Pitra fell to Mt. Carmel’s Jimmy Mickens, who is ranked No. 1 in the state at 195-lbs. in 3A, by a 3-2 decision.

Brandon Mizlo (195-lbs.) also claimed runner-up honors as he made quick work of his first opponent with a pin of West Chicago’s John Garcia in 30 seconds. Mizlo later pinned Bradley Bourbonnais’ Bryce Gabel in 3:40, and defeated Carl Sandburg’s Mat Drozd in a 7-0 decision. In the championship match, Mizlo was pinned in 3:18 by Oak Park-River Forest’s Andre Lee.

Hunter Grau (126-lbs.) placed third for the Leafs as he won his first two matches by pin – the first in 2:55 over Lemont’s Egan Berta and the second over Rockford East’s Mason Castillo in 5:03. Grau lost his third match of the day to New Trier’s Alec McKenna in a 4-1 decision, but rebounded to pin Lemont’s Berta again in :31. In the third-place match, Grau edged out Carl Sandburg’s Christian Robertson in a 1-0 decision.

“I think it was a good solid team effort all around, and I am not disappointed with anybody. They all gave it everything they had,” said Murray. “Pitra lost in the finals to the No. 1 guy at 195 in 3A. It was really fun to see Pitra give him such a great match. Hunter Grau did a great job after getting beaten in a tough match, he bounced back to finish third. I am proud of all of them.”

Lane Akre (220-lbs.) earned a fourth-place finish as he grabbed wins in his first two matches over Hinsdale Central’s Riley Roca by pin in 3:56 and Homewood Flossmor’s Devion May in a 4-3 decision. Akre was pinned in his next match by Montini’s Edgar Ruano in 4:26, but came back to beat Carl Sandburg’s Matt Frostman in a 2-0 decision. In the third-place bout, Akre fell in a 15-5 major decision to Hinsdale South’s Josh King.

Josiah Cropp (152-lbs.) placed sixth for the Leafs as he won his opener by a 3-1 decision over Glenbard West’s Andrew Posegay. He then lost in a 12-4 major decision to Montini’s Luke Fortuna, but rebounded to beat Hinsdale South’s Greg Wright in a 7-5 decision. Cropp beat West Aurora’s Brandon Farias in a 4-0 decision, but fell in a 13-1 major decision to Belleville West’s Nate Higgins. In the fifth-place match, Cropp lost in a 9-1 major decision to Carl Sandburg’s Tom Slattery.

Jon Warner (120-lbs.) took home seventh place for Geneseo when he won his first match in a 7-3 decision over Carl Sandburg’s Adrian Gutierrez, but later lost in a 12-2 major decision to Hinsdale South’s Nick Perisin. Warner responded with a pin of Downers Grove South’s Calum Bonds in 1:53, and was pinned in his next match by Montini’s Kegan Caulkins in 3:02. In the seventh-place match, Warner defeated Gutierrez in a 5-0 decision.

Clayton Kennedy (132-lbs.) rounded out the place finishes for Geneseo with an eighth-place finish. Kennedy lost his opener by technical fall in 2:46 to Glenbard West’s Paul Selman, but responded with a pin of Rolling Meadow’s Wil Hoppe in :55. He later pinned Moline’s Will Seaman in 5:59, and won his next match by default. Kennedy lost in a 2-1 decision the following match to Carl Sandburg’s Moe Shuaibi. In the seventh-place bout, Kennedy was pinned by Brother Rice’s Juan Blanco in 3:41.

Antonio Tumbarello (106-lbs.) suffered a loss in his opening match to Moline’s Trenton Jackson in a 6-3 decision; rebounded with a pin in 2:09 over Naperville Central’s Shuji Mizoguchi; and lost in a 14-0 major decision to Homewood Flossmor’s Alex Campos.

Cody Bormann (138-lbs.) lost both of his matches in the tournament in a 6-2 decision to Lemont’s Jake Kirkman, and a 7-2 decision to Rolling Meadow’s Lamart Burress.

Jarred Bruce (145-lbs.) went 1-2 in action as he lost in a 7-2 decision to Mt. Carmel’s Conor Guzier; beat Rolling Meadow’s Raumeen Hosseeni in a 9-0 major decision, and was defeated by Belleville West’s Nick Foster in a 7-4 decision.

Cole Hunzeker (160-lbs.) finished 2-2 for the weekend as he grabbed a 9-4 decision win over Lemont’s Dimitri Giatras; was pinned by Montini’s Xavier Montavlo in 1:00; won by default; and lost in a 9-3 decision to Downers Grove South’s Shawn Jager.

Scott Schulte (170-lbs.) lost his first match in a 5-4 decision to Hinsdale South’s Roman Prohorchuck; won by pin in 1:32 over Downers Grove South’s Ramy Abd; beat Rolling Meadow’s Bo Sokolov in a 3-0 decision; and lost by technical fall in 5:13 to West Aurora’s Dequon Booker.

AJ Marmion (285-lbs.) lost his opening round match in a 3-1 decision to West Aurora’s Sam Deisher; defeated Homewood Flossmor’s Tyler Griffith by pin in 1:31; and fell to Mt. Carmel’s Matthew Reyes in an 8-6 decision in overtime.

Geneseo vs. Sterling

In conference action Dec. 19, the Leafs took down host Sterling, 60-6.

“I expected more from Sterling, but their top guy was suspended so they were not at full strength,” said Murray. “Our guys performed well and won some close matches. It is important to win the swing matches, and we did that.”

Tumbarello (106-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:34; while Chase Boone (113-lbs.) lost by pin in 4:39, and Warner (120-lbs.) claimed a win by major decision, 13-1.

Grau (126-lbs.) took down his opponent in 1:54; followed by Kennedy (132-lbs.) with a pin in 2:19.

Bormann (138-lbs.) claimed a major decision win by a score of 16-4; while Bruce (145-lbs.) edged his opponent, 12-8.

Cropp (152-lbs.) came away with a 6-1 decision win; while Cole Hunzeker (160-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 2:53.

Scott Schulte (170-lbs.) earned a 4-0 decision win; followed by Ryan Pitra (182-lbs.) with a pin in 1:51, and Brandon Mizlo (195-lbs.) with an 8-0 decision win.

Lane Akre (220-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:15; while AJ Marmion (285-lbs.) escaped with a 4-3 decision win.

Geneseo vs. Morrison/


Geneseo earned the sweep Dec. 18 on the road when the Leafs defeated host Morrison, 51-21.

Bruce (145-lbs.) started the match off with a 18-0 technical fall victory; followed by Humphrey (152-lbs.) with a pin in 1:34.

Schulte (170-lbs.) received a forfeit; while Pitra (182-lbs.) captured the a major decision win, 11-3.

Mizlo (195-lbs.) dominated his opponent with an 11-1 major decision win; while Akre (220-lbs.) received a forfeit, and Marmion (285-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:36.

Tumbarello (106-lbs.) suffered a 7-4 loss; while Ross Chapman (113-lbs.) was pinned in 3:20.

Boone (120-lbs.) was defeated by pin in 3:29; while Grau (126-lbs.) overpowered his opponent in a 21-5 technical fall victory.

Kennedy (132-lbs.) captured a 6-1 decision win, and Bormann (138-lbs.) received a forfeit.

The Leafs cruised past Alleman on the road Dec. 18 in Morrison by a score of 78-0.

Kennedy (132-lbs.), Bormann (138-lbs.) and Bruce (145-lbs.) received forfeits in the opening matches.

Zach Humphrey (152-lbs.) earned a pin in 3:31; while Hunzeker (160-lbs.) came away with a 9-4 decision win, and Scott Schulte (170-lbs.) edged out his opponent, 4-3.

Pitra (182-lbs.) and Mizlo (195-lbs.) both received forfeits; while Akre (220-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 1:05, and Marmion (285-lbs.) took down his opponent in 1:07.

Tumbarello (106-lbs.) received a forfeit; while Chapman (113-lbs.) pinned his opponent in 2:26.

Boone (120-lbs.) and Grau (126-lbs.) finished the night for Geneseo each with a forfeit.

Geneseo will be back in action at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 against LaSalle-Peru, Bloom and Normal at LaSalle-Peru.