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Wrestling: Penn wins LC Harvest Classic

Hanover Central's Steven Micic (left) tries reverse pLake Central's BrandTruver 113lb semi finals match during  Lake Central Harvest Classic

Hanover Central's Steven Micic (left) tries to reverse pin Lake Central's Brandon Truver in the 113lb semi finals match during the Lake Central Harvest Classic wrestling meet held at Lake Central High School on Saturday December 1, 2012. Micic went on to win the match. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 3, 2013 11:06AM



ST. JOHN — Penn had five wrestlers grab gold and easily outdistanced defending champion Lake Central 279-207 at the 32nd annual Harvest Classic on Saturday at Lake Central.

Penn got wins from Tommy Varner at 132 pounds, Alex Rinehart at 138 pounds, Joey Mammolenti at 145 (he was the defending champ), Trevor Manspeaker at 152 and Joey Stasiak at 195 pounds.

Lake Central had two individual champions, including Matt Lechowicz who finally won in his senior year at 120 pounds with a 9-5 decision over Morton’s Ruben Rodriguez.

“I feel so happy for Matt,” said Lake Central coach Rod Wartman. “Matt has wrestled in this tournament for four years and he is finally a champ.

“They’re (Penn) good, no doubt about it We have a nice team, but we were short at two weight classes and took forfeits. But we still had 12 wrestlers in the place rounds.”

Newly-crowned Post-Tribune defensive football player of the year Gelen Robinson defended his 220-pound title for the Indians with an impressive 16-4 major decision over Robert Yanez of River Forest.

“It’s nice to be a two time winner,” Robinson said. “It’s nice to win at home since this is our only home tournament. I was trying to get a pin and get as many points as I could for my team. I just want to lead by example and by what I do on the mat.”

Hanover Central had three gold medalists and finished in third place. Tyler Scott defeated defending 182-pound champ Tony Rodriguez from Hobart, 4-2, and Jake Bartoszek pinned Hobart’s Gerald Valenzuela with 25 seconds left in the third period in a heavyweight match that looked like it would be going to overtime.

The Wildcats’ Steven Micic won his third Harvest title at 113 pounds and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. He had a 21-6 technical fall over Penn’s Zach Davis.

“Davis is a tough kid and I’ll probably run in to him again at semistate,” Micic said. “Penn is a tough team and this is a good early-season tournament to get an idea where you stand.”

Hobart’s Scottie Sopko won a tough 6-2 decision over South Bend Washington’s Michael Bates at 170 pounds. Griffith junior Eric Peek used a takedown in overtime to win a 5-3 decision over Penn freshman Drew Hildebrandt at 106 pounds. River Forest senior Ryan Brown used a reversal to score a 5-3 overtime decision over Griffith’s Nate Reitz, and Highland senior Mark Maldonado won his second Harvest title in three years with a 9-2 decision over McCutcheon’s Caleb Medrano at 160 pounds.



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