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Wrestling: West Aurora’s Tim Young wins DVC title

West Aurora's Tim Young (top) fends off takedown attempt by Glenbard North's ColtWegner his way winning DuPage Valley Conference 170-pound

West Aurora's Tim Young (top) fends off a takedown attempt by Glenbard North's Colton Wegner on his way to winning the DuPage Valley Conference 170-pound championship Saturday. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 3, 2013 9:48PM

After they finished as runners-up in last year’s DuPage Valley Conference meet, Ryan Berg and Luke Roth were determined to not be denied this time.

On Saturday in Carol Stream, the Naperville Central seniors got the chance to cap their DVC careers as champions, and they made the most of the opportunity.

Berg edged Wheaton North’s Kellen Cleveland 4-3 in the 195 finals and then Roth claimed a 13-5 win at 220 over Glenbard East’s Shane Vincent.

Roth improved to 28-0 on the season while Berg moved his record to 29-4 on the campaign.

“Ryan and I have both been working hard the whole year,” Roth said. “We have the concept that iron sharpens iron. He’s a great wrestler so I think it’s no surprise that I also won conference and we’re practice partners.”

Berg understands that both of the Redhawk big men benefit from being able to work together.

“To finish up as conference champs is awesome and it’s going to help us for regionals,” Berg said. “I’m incredibly blessed to have a practice partner like him. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Luke to help me out.”

West Aurora won a championship as Tim Young took top honors at 170 to become one of only three sophomore winners.

Young, who is 27-7 on the season, took control in the final period to claim a 13-8 victory over Glenbard North’s Colton Wegner.

“Last year I took fourth in the DVC so I feel that I’ve improved my skills a lot,” Young said. “I feel pretty good where I’m at but I also know that I can do better. My goal is to place at state this season.”

Glenbard North had six champions to help it claim its 15th straight title. Glenbard East beat Wheaton North 197.5-184 for second.

The Redhawks placed eight in the top four to finish fourth with 168.5 points while the Blackhawks were fifth with 129 points.

Both squads also had one second-place finisher. Central’s Justin Tardy got pinned in 3:00 in the 182 finals by Wheaton North’s Kaelen Bradford.

West’s Brandon Farias lost by fall in 1:24 in the 152 title match by Glenbard North’s Brian Murphy, who won the Outstanding Wrestler Award for upper weights.

Naperville North, which took sixth with 126.5 points had a pair of runner-ups, Wayne Yuan (113) and Brandon Gilligan (160).

Yuan lost 8-4 to Wheaton North’s Kegan Calkins, the lower weight co-OWA, while Gilligan fell 5-1 to Glenbard North’s Jimique Davis.

The Redhawks got a third place finish from Ben Williamson (132) while Jonathon Doyle (113) placed third for the Blackhawks.

North received thirds from Alec Engblom (145), Kijuan Walker (195) and Ben Obriecht (285).

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