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Evanston wrestlers rule own invitational

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Four individual champions sparked the Evanston wrestling team to a repeat title Tuesday at the Evanston Invitational tournament.

The tournament was known as the Chicago Uplift Invitational when the Wildkits assumed the role of host for the 15-team field last season and won the invite. Tuesday at the ETHS fieldhouse, coach Rudy Salinas’ squad amassed 242.5 points in a dominant performance over a field that also included Taft (166.5) and Bowen (159.5) of the Chicago Public League.

Crowned as individual champions for ETHS were Chris Rivera at 106 pounds, David Rivera-Kohr at 126, James Marshall-Davis at 132 and Izzy Fox at 160. A fifth Evanston grappler — Amatziyah Thurman — competed for Evanston’s other team entry, Evanston Blue, and won the 113-pound title in an all-Evanston finale with teammate Derek Hunter.

ETHS also counted runnerup finishes from Malik Pratt at 152 and Zach Warhus at 182, while Jonathan Silencioux (120), Austin Klopfer (138), Arrhian Monroe (170) and Lamont Davenport (285) contributed thirds at their respective weight classes.

Fox, a freshman, claimed his first high school tournament championship and improved to 27-3 on the season after defeating teammate Cedric Logan of Evanston Blue by an 11-2 margin in the finals at 160. Fox advanced to the finals with a fall and a technical fall.

At 106, Rivera pinned both of his opponents, nailing Victor Mares of Hubbard in 1 minute, 20 seconds in the title bout.

Rivera-Kohr needed an escape to edge Kelvyn Park’s Jair Torres 1-0 in a battle of once-beaten wrestlers so far this season at 126. Rivera-Kohr boosted his season mark to 28-1 with the victory.

Marshall-Davis dominated the 132-pound class with two first period falls before routing Damien Gamez of Hubbard with a technical fall at the 3:26 mark.

At 113, Thurman outscored Hunter 9-5 in the championship matchup as the pair continued their season-long battle to earn the starting job for ETHS.

Pratt lost a 3-2 decision to Taft’s unbeaten Dan Gallo at 152 and Warhus settled for the runnerup spot at 182 after bowing to Hubbard’s unbeaten Brandon Petis 8-1.

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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