The Yorkville wrestling team fought hard for a top 10 finish at the Al Dvorak Memorial Invite, but settled into the top half with three placewinners over the two-day tournament.
On Dec. 23, Mason (Ohio) won the 35-team tournament with 202.5 points, followed by Providence and Mt. Carmel in the top three, but only 10.5 points separated Yorkville from the top 10. The Foxes scored 84.5 points to place 16th overall.
Nick Stemmet captured sixth place at 170, Brady Fisher took fifth at 182 and Ryan Morris took seventh place at 285 to represent Yorkville on the podium.
At 170, Stemmet opened with a 9-3 decision over Iowa West, but lost to Providence’s Trever Swier by an 11-9 decision in the quarterfinals. Stemmet (21-5) battled his way through the consolation bracket with a 6-3 decision over Bolingbrook and a pin in 3:36 against Edwardsville. He fell to Mt. Carmel by a 10-2 major decision in the consolation semifinals, and met Swier a second time in the fifth-place bout and was pinned in the first period.
Fisher (20-6) lost his first match to Huntley by a 7-0 decision, but won his next four bouts to reach the consolation semifinals. He lost a 7-4 decision to Plainfield South’s Adrian Cervantes to advance and won the fifth-place match by medical forfeit.
Morris (17-7) earned all three of his wins by pinfall, taking down Mukwonago (Wisc.) in the second round and Freeport in the consolation round after a quarterfinal loss to Metea Valley. Morris then lost to Huntley by pin to move into the seventh-place match where Morris won by pin over Mt. Carmel.
“He’s got 17 wins and 13 are by pin, so he scores a lot of bonus points for us,” Oster said.
Julian Vasquez (7-10) took a 2-2 finish in the 120-pound bracket. At 132, Joe Roberts (15-7) went 2-2 and Brett Stauffenberg (9-8) posted a 3-2 finish at 145. Zach Katula (12-9) went 3-2 at 152, Brandon Lee (14-8) went 3-2 at 195 and Jacob Simmons (3-4) finished 2-2 at 220.
Yorkville returns to the mat on Jan. 5, hosting Morris on Senior Night in its final home meet of the season.