Two area wrestlers earned titles Saturday at the Seneca Fighting Irish Invitational.
St. Bede’s James Peacock went 3-0 to win the 132-pound bracket, while Marquette’s Jakob Weiss went 4-0 to claim the 106-pound bracket.
Peacock edged Herscher’s Drew Mook 4-3 in the championship match, while Weiss won 11-10 in the title bout against Clifton Central’s Trevor Raines.
While St. Bede and Marquette had individual champions, the Putnam County-Hall co-op team had the best area finish.
PC-Hall placed 12th among the 16 teams with 41 points. Herscher won with 223 points.
St. Bede was 14th with 36 points, Marquette took 15th with 28 points and Mendota finished 16th with 19 points.
PC-Hall had three wrestlers place led by Austin Pletsch with a third-place finish at 182. Mike Milasuski took fifth at 170 and Nathan Tonozzi finished sixth at 220.
Trevor Todd went 4-1 to place third at 285 for Mendota.
Ottawa went 2-3 Saturday at the Niles North Super duals.
The Pirates beat Lake Forest (58-16) and Elmwood Park (42-33) and lost to Lakes (48-35), Niles North (49-28) and East Morton (43-35).
Tanner Boaz went 5-0 to lead Ottawa. Also going undefeated for the Pirates were Sean Taulbee (4-0), Cyrano Rayfield (3-0), Alex Fuentes (2-0) and Aaron Pittman-Teague (1-0).
Christian Boswell and Danny Close each went 4-1.
La Salle-Peru placed fifth with 108.5 points Saturday at the Rockford East Giardini Invitational.
Geneseo won with 235 points.
Stephen Morris and Ryan Marlett led the Cavaliers by placing second at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively.
Morris won by pin in 3:52 in the semifinals before falling 10-4 in the title match, while Marlett won by pin in 2:43 in the semifinals before getting pinned in the final.
Colin Groleau (145) and Michael Denyes (220) each placed third for L-P, while Max Kurkowski (113), Alec Freschi (138) and Zach Graves (170) each finished fifth.
Wever, Rayfield state ranked
La Salle-Peru’s Jacob Wever and Ottawa’s Cyrano Rayfield are state ranked.
After both received mention in The Illinois Best Weekly's preseason wrestling rankings, both area wrestlers were ranked in the IlllinoisMatMen.com preseason rankings, which were released last week.
The junior Wever was ranked No. 11 in the Class 2A 126-pound weight class, while the junior Rayfield was No. 8 in the Class 2A 220-pound weight class.
Also receiving honorable mention was Ottawa’s 132-pound junior Devon Jones.
No area teams were ranked in Class 1A or 2A, but the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East Division’s Sycamore was ranked No. 2 in 2A, Yorkville No. 10 and Kaneland No. 18, while Morris received honorable mention.
The NIB 12 West’s Geneseo was ranked No. 15 in 2A.
In Class 3A, defending state champion Sandburg was ranked No. 1. The Eagles are coached by L-P graduate Eric Siebert.