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Tim Young (top) of West Aurora fends off a takedown attempt by Colton Wegner of Glenbard North on his way to winning the DuPage Valley Conference 170 pound championship. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Only five wrestlers had done what Johnny Gosinski was hoping to achieve on Saturday, which was winning a fourth-straight DuPage Valley Conference title.
Three of those who had accomplished the feat competed for Glenbard North, including Gosinski's older brother Joey, who did so from 2008-2011.
With that as incentive, as well as a 15th-consecutive team title on the line for the Panthers, Johnny Gosinski put his name in the record books.
His 7-1 victory over West Chicago's Tyler Svestka in the 132 finals was one of six championships that helped the Panthers continue their dominance.
Glenbard North finished with 235 points to claim top honors in Carol Stream while Glenbard East beat Wheaton North 197.5-184 for second place.
"This is an accomplishment to be up there with my brother," Gosinski said. "And coach [Joe] Gomez and Tony Ramos also did it here. I was really nervous coming in because I wanted to win four so that I could be as good as my brother."
Also winning titles for the Panthers were Patrick Augustyn (106), Jon Marmolejo (120), Jered Cortez (126), Brian Murphy (152) and Jimique Davis (160).
Murphy, the Oustanding Wrestler Award winner for the upperweights, joined Marmolejo as three-time champions in the competition.
"Coach [Mark] Hahn told us that we needed to come out and finish this tournament with a statement and I feel like we did that," Murphy said. "I'm really happy for Johnny and it's great to see him accomplish such a great feat."
Cortez, who is unbeaten and shared the OWA for lowerweights with Wheaton North's Kegan Calkins (113), repeated as a league champ, as did teammate Davis.
Wheaton North had two other champions beside Calkins. They were Vince Terrazas (145) and Kaelen Bradford (182), who was competing for the first time this season.
"This was the first OWA that I got in high school and it's nice to get it in conference since this is a big tournament for me," Calkins said. "And Jered is an outstanding wrestler, so it's good to share it with him."
Naperville Central, which was fourth with 168.5 points, received back-to-back titles from Ryan Berg (189) and unbeaten Luke Roth (220).
"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."
Wheaton Warrenville South's Ramond King edged Wheaton North's Sean Murray 3-1 in overtime at 138 in the lone title match to go to extra time.
"This is very exciting," King said. "I just go out there and give it my all and just try to have fun. This is my senior year so it's all about having fun, that's the way that I see it."
A pair of sophomores, West Aurora's Tim Young (170) and Glenbard East's D'Andre Johnson (285), captured the other two championships.
Johnson overcame a third-period deficit by pinning West Chicago's John Carlos to deny the Wildcats a title in the final DVC meet.