By: John Nee '93
The St. Rita Wrestling Program has enjoyed much late season success over the past 15 years, but on Saturday they captured their first team regional championship since 2013 by outlasting the host Indians 191-181 at the IHSA Class 2A Lemont Regional.
Overall, St. Rita qualified 11 individual wrestlers for the sectional as senior Timmy Murphy clinched the team championship with a pin over Lemont's Apollo Gother in the 195lb bracket.
Joining Murphy as a regional champion was junior 220lb George Western while Noel Rosales, Zack Rotkovitch, Tommy Russell, Jake Viloria, Nate Bennett, and Marty Larkin posted 2nd place finishes and John Babyode, Ryan Raddatz, and Eric Anderson came in 3rd to all advance to next week's individual sectional championships at Hinsdale South.
The team will compete in the Lemont Sectional in two weeks.