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Fenton Bison charge to two opening day wins

By Gary Larsen

Fenton posted a pair of victories to start the new wrestling season, winning 49-12 over Glenbrook South and 51-20 over Niles West on Monday.


The Bison won 19 of 28 matches on the night, getting strong performances from a few of their usual suspects, plus a handful of nice surprises for Fenton coach Brian Hastings.


“I thought there was great effort demonstrated by all the guys,” Hastings said. “I think we’ve definitely matured since last year, and we’re a lot more competitive.”


Josh Castellano, Carlos Gomez, Tom DeRosa, Benji Sciullo, Joe DiBenedetto, and Francisco Ochoa all won twice on Monday for a Fenton squad that will wrestle in Class AA of the new three-class system this year.


DeRosa transferred to Fenton from Lake Park this season. He battled his way to a pair of decision wins at 160 pounds on Monday.


“We weren’t sure what to expect from Tom, and he won a couple big matches for us, and Benji Sciullo had two big pins for us at 189,” Hastings said. “And DiBenedetto has worked his butt off throughout the off-season, and he had two great matches tonight.”


Castellano and Gomez posted a pair of pins each for Fenton. Despite the dominant wins by his squad on Monday, afterwards Hastings spoke like a true coach.


“There were some matches that we had a chance to win, but didn’t, and I would expect them to win those matches,” Hastings said. "But it's a good start, for sure."


Fenton 49, Glenbrook South 12

Dual started at 103.

103: Olea (F) fft.

112: S. Havlovic (F) fft.

119: Vazquez (F) fft.

125: Joy (F) md. Hirsh (GS) 11-0

130: Barack (GS) d. Swartz (F) 6-1

135: Echeverria (GS) d. Cowan (F) 6-2

140: Gomez (F) p. Richards (GS) 4:26

145: Castellano (F) p. Guini (GS) 1:35

152: Wells (GS) d. Butz (F) 10-5

160: DeRosa (F) d. Welch (GS) 4-2

171: Neuffer (GS) d. E. Havlovic (F) 11-5

189: Sciullo (F) p. Altonji (GS) 1:44

215: DiBenedetto (F) d. Meyer (GS) 12-5

285: Ochoa (F) d. Shumara (GS) 5-2


Fenton 51, Niles West 20

Dual started at 112.

112: Rosen (NW) md. S. Havlovic (F) 17-6

119: Vazquez (F) fft.

125: Johnson (NW) d. Joy (F) 7-2

130: Bahrmasel (NW) p. Swartz (F) 5:01

135: Rosati (NW) d. Cowan (F) 7-5 OT

140: Castellano (F) p. Conrad (NW) 4:24

145: Gomez (F) p. Kanning (NW) 4:25

152: Butz (F) p. Matieney-Muno (NW) :53

160: DeRosa (F) d. Nguyen (NW) 10-3

171: Suarez (NW) p. E. Havlovic (F) 2:49

189: Sciullo (F) p. Shields (NW) 1:28

215: DiBenedetto (F) p. Goodwin (NW) 3:30

285: Ochoa (F) p. Nguyen (NW) 1:41

103: Olea (F) fft.


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