HAMMOND | No Morton senior will ever be part of a Governors team that didn't win the Great Lakes Athletic Conference tournament.
In fact, the class of 2014 was in seventh grade the last time Morton didn't win the GLAC championship. The Govs have now won five straight conference tournaments after dominating Thursday's meet in Hessville.
"There's no reason why we shouldn't be (conference champs). We should be pushing for sectional championships," Ruben Rodriguez said. "(Coach Kevin Persley) always says that (other GLAC schools) want to be conference champions but we should want to be something more."
Rodriguez won perhaps the most anticipated final of the night, topping Clark's Chris Diaz at 120 pounds. The match was 2-2 heading into the third period when Rodriguez heard his coaches yell, "send a message for next week."
The Governors senior won the match 11-4.
"I started off slow because I wasn't confident, yet, in my shots," Rodriguez said. "It just kept progressing. It kept getting easier and started opening up."
The younger Rodriguez, Rickie, won his class, too. Rickie pinned Gavit's Jameir Hightower in 32 seconds at 113 pounds. Morton won seven of 14 weight classes -- three by fall-- to finish with 200 points. Clark finished second with 142.5.
Clark's Ismael Quintanilla stepped up his game for the conference meet. The 132-pounder took a 17-1 decision from Hammond's Javante Jones. Quintanilla won a four-point decision in the pair's previous meeting.
"There was just a little bit more at stake (tonight), so I pressed a little harder," Quintanilla said. "It didn't matter (that I'd wrestled Jones before). There was no strategy, just attack, attack, attack."
The closest match was at 195 pounds, where Morton's Adrian Palacios topped Clark's Rene Zamora 6-4 in overtime. Zamora was awarded a point less than a second before the buzzer sounded for the end of the third period, tying the match at 4-4.
"All of my matches come down to the last take down," Palacios said. "I guess I pulled through with everybody cheering me on."
Gavit finished third with 124 points. Hammond had 91.