LOWERY PINS WALENDZAK, IRISH RALLY TO BEAT REBELS
by Rachel Brown, 6 mos ago
Fans packed the Woodshed Tuesday night as the #5 Roncalli Rebels hosted the #1 Cathedral Irish. Along with watching two top five teams in the IHSAA Power Poll, fans also honored the four senior wrestlers and their parents:John Harris, Spencer Fears, Elijah Mahan and Lorenzo Salazar.
The Rebels jumped out to an early lead, with a team score of 29-9 before the Irish closed the meet with six consecutive wins, bringing the final score to 29-42.
Harris (285), Kody Glithero (106) and Brayden Lowery (126) each pinned their opponent.In the match of the night, Lowery bumped up to 126 lbs to take on two time state placer and three time state qualifier, Lukas Walendzak.He trailed early in the match, but battled back to win by fall at the 5:02 mark.
“Lowery is a tough guy, and we asked him to do it for the team, and he delivered,” said head coach Wade McClurg.“This will be great for his confidence as he chases a 3rd state medal this February and his first gold medal.”
Juniors Sam Slivka (120), Alec Viduya (132) and Tyce Freije (138) all won their matches by decision.Rebel senior Elijah Mahan (170) took state champion Jordan Slivka to overtime, but lost the match 6-4.
“Wrestling a very good program like Cathedral in an intense dual meet in January is going to help prepare our team and our individuals to make the little adjustments needed to make deep runs in the IHSAA State Tournament Series,” said McClurg. “It was awesome to bring two communities together. Many fans witnessed their first wrestling match and we hope they return to support us.”
Full match results: 220: Guhl (Cathedral) wins by decision 7-1 vs Fears (RHS) 285: Harris (RHS) wins by fall vs Taylor (Cathedral) in 1:40 106: Glithero (RHS) wins by fall vs Dickey (Cathedral) in 2:21 113: Seltzer (Cathedral) wins by fall vs Wilson (RHS) 0:35 120: Slivka (RHS) wins by major vs Gonzalez (Cathedral) 10-2 126: Lowery (RHS) wins by fall vs Walendzak (Cathedral) in 5:02 132: Viduya (RHS) wins by decision vs Bailey (Cathedral) 9-2 138: Freije (RHS) wins by major vs Wilson (Cathedral) 9-1 145: Mosconi (Cathedral) wins by fall vs. Page (RHS) in 2:22 152: Stewart (Cathedral) wins by fall vs Da Silva (RHS) in 0:10 160: Rodgers (Cathedral) wins by fall vs Peeples (RHS) in 1:07 170: J. Slivka (Cathedral) wins by decision vs Mahan (RHS) 6-4 OT 182: Wagner (Cathedral) wins by fall vs Salazar (RHS) in 4:18 195: Adams (Cathedral) wins by fall vs Fletcher (RHS) in 0:49