Dual Team State Wrestling: Montini too much for Lincoln-Way West
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media February 23, 2013 10:10PM
Lincoln-Way West's Cody Pedigo battles Montini's Michael Maduko in a 160-pound quarterfinal match Saturday. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 25, 2013 7:07AM
BLOOMINGTON — Lincoln-Way West coach Brian Glynn recognized his team — the first to make the Dual Team State Tournament in school history — faced an uphill struggle against five-time reigning champion Montini in the quarterfinals.
West showed it had heart, but that wasn’t enough against the Broncos, who are a wrestling monster wrapped in a Class 2A body.
Montini, which has eight individual state finalists in its lineup, took 12 of the 14 matches and won 52-9 Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
“Winning conference, regionals, making it downstate — we met all of our goals,” Glynn said. “Because of how well we did, we would have liked to move on more (Saturday), but we met our goals. The kids worked hard all season and are already looking forward to next year, which is great.”
West’s victories were a Kyle Ruettiger pin over George Benes at 113 and a Nick Trollian decision over Robert Gannon at 220. Ruettiger, a freshman, was a state medalist. Trollian earned his first varsity win.
“Kyle Ruettiger, I knew coming in as a freshman he was good,” Glynn said. “It wasn’t really until halfway through the year that I realized he’s pretty special. He can be a force for the next three years, and really, he already is. He does everything we ask of him: hard worker, good student, a perfect leader for the future.
“Overall (the season has) been awesome. I knew we were going to be pretty good this year, but the kids far exceeded my expectations. With our (10 state) qualifiers, (five) placers, we took a step in the right direction.”
Graduating for the Warriors are standouts LaVonte Blackful (138), Josh Ruettiger (152), Cody Pedigo (160) and Jake Bohne (170).