SENECA — The Putnam County/Hall wrestling squad placed three individuals in the medal round of Saturday’s 16 team Irish Invitational tournament at Seneca. St. Bede had two medalists.
Nathan Tonozzi led Hall/Putnam County with a third-place place finish at 182. Tonozzi defeated Sal Medina (Clifton Central) by a fall at :42 seconds in his first match. He fell to No. 6 ranked Tommy Lovett (Seneca) by a pinfall at 1:47 in his next match, but bounced back to defeat Kyler Seeman (Manteno) by decision 10-7 and he won by injury defalt to Mason Goodrich (Beardstown.)
This took him to the third-place match where he defeated Sam Bennett (Streator) by a pinfall at :54 seconds.
“What a good day for Tonozzi,” Hall/Putnam County coach Jerry Kreiwald said. “Nice to see big success from only a second year wrestler. He’s constantly improving daily and will be a real contender throughout the season.”
Two Panthers placed fifth, Mario Flores at 126 and Marco Gutierrez at 220.
Kreiwald said, “It was nice to have three victories from the three finalists we had. It is amazing to me how first and second year wrestlers are holding their own competing against wrestlers with years more of experience. Shows their hard work is really paying off.”
St. Bede heavyweight John Barnes was the runner-up at 285 pounds. Teammate James Peacock placed fourth at 138, falling to the No. 1 ranked Sage Friese of Seneca.
Also competing in the field were Amboy, Beardstown, Clifton Central, Dee-Mack, Hope Academy, Illini Christian, Kewanee, Manteno, Ottawa Marquette, Mendota, Rockford Lutheran, Seneca, Streator and Westmont.
At Princeton: Tyler Hammitt (145) placed second and Dominick Biggs (182) was third for Princeton in the Blackmark Tournament at Prouty Gym Saturday.