Sunday, January 23, 2011
Eagles win three titles, capture unofficial SouthWest Suburban Conference crown.
Although Saturday's SouthWest Suburban Conference wrestling tournament was technically not scored, few could argue about who was the “unofficial” champion. Blue Division champ Carl Sandburg beat Red Division winner Lincoln-Way West 270.5-177 in the two-day, 16-team meet that ended Saturday in New Lenox. The Eagles accomplished that by placing 12 individuals among the top four at their weights, while two others received medals for finishes in the top eight. Winning championships for Sandburg were Nick Fishback (145) and brothers Brandon Lopez (171) and Chris Lopez (285), with the latter repeating as a champion. Fishback beat Lincoln-Way East's Wally Piech 8-4, Brandon Lopez pinned Thornton's Dominic Bryant in 3:44 and Chris Lopez won 6-1 …
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Lincoln-Way East notches third-place finish at Palatine's 26-team wrestling tournament.
A year ago, Derek Nagel received the top seed at 171 pounds at Palatine's Berman Holiday Classic, but then proceeded to take fifth place at that weight. So, after getting the top seed again this season, this time at 160, the Lemont senior was determined to not have a repeat performance. After competing in four matches over the past two days, it's safe to say that Nagel is much happier about this season's showing. Nagel defeated Lincoln-Way Central's Tom Gross 6-2 in the 160-pound championship match at the 26-team competition that concluded on Wednesday. He improved to 18-0, while handing Gross, a senior for the Knights, only his second defeat in 20 matches. "I was the No. 1 seed last year and ended up taking fifth place, and I wasn't too …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Griffins make big impression by muscling past Providence, Leyden and O'Fallon.
- Ken Ryan
Saturday, December 11, 2010
After Minooka captured the Class 3A state championship last season, junior Joey Govednik admits there has been more pressure on the Indians. He wouldn't have it any other way. "We always say we're the ones with a target on our back," Govednik said. "We've been trying to fight back to try and defend our state title. That's been driving us pretty far. We've just been trying to do the best we can and it's worked out well so far." Minooka finished 3-0 at its own Minooka Duals Saturday. The Indians (12-1 dual record), who are ranked No. 2 by illinoismatmen.com, cruised to victories over Edwardsville 50-9, O'Fallon 48-12 and Homewood-Flossmoor 64-0. "We had a good day," Minooka coach Bernie Ruettiger said. "The kids are wrestling real well. We …
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Langenderfer leads Lincoln-Way East to second-place finish; Romeoville's Hardy rules at 112, while Andrew picks up championships from Ferguson and Chojnowski.
A year ago, Frankie Campos used a championship in the Stagg Invite to help him kick off a season in which he finished sixth at the IHSA state wrestling finals. Following Saturday's competition in the same tournament, the Bolingbrook senior wrestler hopes that a second title will translate into even more success. Campos followed up on his title at 112 from a year ago by taking top honors at 119 to help the Raiders to a third-place showing with 144.5 points. In the championship match at 119, Campos defeated Bradley-Bourbonnais' Jacob Iguartua with a technical fall by a 20-5 score. "Coming into the tournament, I was a little nervous about wrestling at 119 against some kids who are bigger than me," Campos said. "But when I saw they weren't as …