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It's called "The Mustang Tilt," and it proved to be the difference for host Mundelein in a 30-20 win over Stevenson in a wrestling dual meet Friday night.
With the host Mustangs trailing 18-17, Mundelein sophomore John Avila (120 pounds) was behind Stevenson's David Cadieux 3-1 late in their match. Following coach Vinny Jiuditta's instructions, Avila pulled out a move named, "The Mustang Tilt," and it resulted in three points — and a last-second, 4-3 victory, giving Mundelein a 20-18 advantage with only three bouts to go.
"My coach told me, 'There's eight seconds left — get a tilt,' and I followed through," Avila said. "I knew I had to work fast, and believe in what they wanted me to do. In close matches, you have to push yourself as hard as you can."
The Mundelein bench erupted in cheers when Avila earned the win, and the Mustangs outscored the Patriots 10-2 the rest of the way, improving to 12-5 overall, and 2-2 in NSC Lake action. Though Jiuditta wouldn't reveal any specifics regarding "The Mustang Tilt," he acknowledged the importance of Avila's key triumph.
"It was a big match. We needed it, and John pulled it out for us," said Jiuditta, who's in his first season guiding the Mustangs. "We've been working on ("The Mustang Tilt") in practice. But (Avila) still had to do it."
Stevenson coach Shane Cook, whose team jumped out to a 18-5 lead before dropping seven of the next eight matches, simply tipped his cap to Avila — and the victorious Mustangs. The Patriots fell to 7-7, 3-3 with the loss.
"(Avila) got tough in the end," Cook said. "It was a turning point in the meet, and we needed that match. Hats off to Mundelein — they wanted it more than we did."