L-Way Central takes top honors at Batavia
Special to Illinois Matmen
Lincoln-Way Central made its debut at the Batavia Tournament a very memorable one on Saturday.
The Knights defeated Downers Grove North 161-148 to capture top honors in the 16-team competition.
Coach Jason DePolo's squad continued its late-season improvement by turning in its best tournament showing of the season.
Central lost the title of the Hoffman Estates Invitational by a 216.5-212 margin to Notre Dame last month.
Winning titles for the Knights at Batavia were Tyler Price (103), Robbie Mikenis (125) and Tyler Schneider (135).
Joey Nelson (119), Logan Doyle (145) and Tom Gross (160) all claimed third place finishes for Central.
Mick Korte (130) finished fourth while Matt Schneider (152) and Brett Ditchman (171) both placed fifth.
Mikenis competed for a championship for the third time this season (also at the Berman) while he and Price each won their second titles.
Tyler Schneider made his second title appearance in a tournament this season and captured his initial championship.
Price took top honors at 103 after claiming a 6-4 victory over Romeoville's Naquan Hardy. He also had a pin and a win by technical fall.
Mikenis defeated Sterling's Jordan Lopez 11-4 to capture the title at 125. In addition, he collected a major decision and two decisions.
And Tyler Schneider won 15-6 over Buffalo Grove's Brian Egan in the 135 finals. He won three decisions, including a pair of one-pointers.
Nelson claimed a 6-4 victory over Romeoville's Aaron Brooks to capture third place honors at 119.
Doyle settled for third place at 145 after posting a 6-2 triumph over McHenry's Joe Ferguson.
And Gross finished third at 160 after recording a fall in 2:40 over Buffalo Grove's Matt Zabrin.
Korte lost an overtime decision in the 130 semifinals and then fell 5-0 to Buffalo Grove's Jordan Rathje.
Two other Knights, Luke Fisher (215) and Brett Allpow (285), both fell one win shy of earning a medal for a top-six showing.
Central returns to action this weekend when it plays host to the two-day SouthWest Suburban Conference meet in New Lenox.
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