Last week went pretty well... We finished the season 29-0 and won our first state championship!!!
Check and see what's coming up in the post-championship phase of the year, when off-season starts, and more.
Also, find out which alumnus is heading to the NCAA tournament! And, Coach Cunnane scored a big honor - click to read about it!
Lockport Township High School is your 2017 IHSA 3A Dual Team State Champions.
Nope, never going to get tired of hearing that.
Lockport won the title by pushing their record to a perfect 29-0 on the season. The Porters defeated a tough Marmion team 33-22 in the quarterfinal round to start the morning Saturday, before a dominating 50-9 win over Lincoln-Way West in the semifinals that afternoon. That set the stage for the showdown Saturday night with an absolutely star-studded Montini lineup - one that Porter wrestlers knew their roles, and did their jobs against. As a result, Lockport ended the night with a 33-20 victory over Montini, and the first ever team state championship in Lockport wrestling history.
Making a 2-hour drive each way to wrestle on a Tuesday evening is not something that is always easy to get excited over. It gets even tougher when it's only two days after returning from the Individual State Tournament, which was hosted in the city neighboring Tuesday night's dual. And, with no disrespect intended towards Edwardsville, when you're taking on a team that you had previously defeated earlier in the season by a score of 62-3, not everyone "gets up" as easily as for a typical dual. But, for Lockport to qualify for its third straight IHSA Dual-Team State Tournament this upcoming Saturday, that's exactly what they had to do - that and win. And, that is exactly what the Porters did, heading to Mahomet-Seymour High School yesterday evening to take on, and ultimately defeat, Edwardsville High School, by a score of 40-19.
We placed 7 individuals at Individual State this past weekend... but how can we do as a team? We'll find out this weekend! Click here and find out what the weekend looks to be shaping up like - assuming we beat Edwardsville on Tuesday, that is.
I'm out of witty, cheesy puns to write for these, so just click this. Get these page views up! (Or else...)
TREVELL TIMMONS IS A STATE CHAMPION!!!! That pretty much sums up the major theme from the tournament this weekend. But that does not discount the fact that Abdullah Assaf placed 2nd. Nor that Anthony Molton, Baylor Fernandes, and Payton Fernandes each took 4th, while Matt Ramos and Ronald Tucker took 5th. Great performance by many of our guys.
"It's the most wonderful time of the year..."
No, not Christmas time. State time!!! The pinnacle of the individual aspect of the sport. The best of the best, and other catchy things one would say!
Get a recap on our historically fantastic sectional tournament!
See which alumni won another national title. Hint: look at the picture!
(Photo: Dan Lobdell, Flowrestling)
Simply put, Lockport had the best post-season tournament in the history of the program, as the Porters qualified 12 wrestlers for the IHSA Individual State Championships to be held next weekend in Champaign. Lockport had 5 wrestlers walk away with a sectional championship, 4 with a second-place finish, and 3 come away in third place. Another awesome part of this? 7 of the 12 qualifiers will be making their first trip down state, while 2 of the 12 will be making their fourth trips to the Dome.
Not only did we win our third straight regional championship, we did it in dominant fashion. The 275 points that we scored is more than any other 3A team in the state. Our 98.5 point margin of victory is the second largest in the state. We set a new school record for the number of sectional qualifiers.
It was a good week. Now, focus moves towards the sectional tournament, where we hope to perform just as well!
Click and read the details!
With four of the top twenty teams in the state squaring off against each other, including #1 Lockport Township and #5 Providence, Saturday's 3A IHSA Wrestling Regional at Lockport was expected to be one of the tighter regional races in the state.
It was not.
A school-record thirteen sectional qualifiers came together and razed the competition as Lockport won the regional by nearly 100 points.
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Regionals are tomorrow morning - which means that tomorrow is the beginning of the end of the season. There are only 4 more Saturdays of competition - if everything goes the way we feel it should and the way we hope. So before we get to tomorrow, I wanted to recap the season, from both an individual standpoint and team standpoint. If you like statistics, you're in for a treat!
JV won JV Conference - by a lot. Click to see how dominant they were!
Alumni had a winning record on the collegiate level this week - see who picked up the wins!
It's Regional week! Check out an early preview, rankings, etc. A more detailed one comes later this week!
I'm using lots of exclamation points because this is the start of the most exciting part of the year!
Seven. Not just a great movie, nor the great name that George Costanza would have given his child, but also the number of individual champions crowned at the SWSC Open for the Porters.
Click for this week's post - it's far less ridiculous than this little excerpt!
Friday night and Saturday, Lockport took place in the first ever SWSC Open (you read that correctly, more on it in a bit). With seven individual champions and twelve of fourteen wrestlers placing in the top five at their weight class, Lockport cruised to the team title with 290 points, well past Sandburg, who finished in second place with 217.5 points.
Click for details and recaps!
We're 25-0 on Varsity, the JV team won "JV State" this past weekend, and the Freshman team ended their season with a win at the GBN Freshman Invite. What a great week!
Varsity has conference this weekend, and our alumni had a pretty great week this week too - that's why Mr. Brad Johnson gets the header! (Also, that photo is definitely from the NDSU dual back in November but if the OU website can use it, so can I. Photo credit: the unnamed person who took said photo).
All that and more, this week, just click here!
Saturday morning, the top-ranked Porters traveled to Neuqua Vally for the annual mega-dual that we alternate hosting, and Lockport came away with 3 dual victories on the day. The dual victories push the team record to a perfect 25-0 on the season thus far. Lockport defeated the host, Neuqua Valley, by a score of 59-12 before dismantling Metea Valley, 65-6, in the second dual. In the final dual of the day, the Porters took down 13th ranked Barrington by a final score of 50-21
Lockport traveled to Frankfort on Thursday night to take on Lincoln-Way East in the final conference dual meet of the season. The Porters came out fast and hard, and kept the pace up throughout the dual, winning the first 12 matches in a row en route to a 64-9 victory over the Griffins. With the win, Lockport clinched the SWSC Blue Division Championship, and pushed their record on the season to a perfect 22-0.
We're starting to head into the final part of the season at this point, so you should read all about our 5th place team finish at Cheesehead, what awaits us in the coming week, and what's going on at our lower levels. Plus, find out what alumni won national team titles this week, and what alumni had a rather big surprise on the mat!
Abdullah Assaf lead Lockport to a 5th place finish at the Cheesehead with his 132-pound championship. In the most grinding event of the season for any team, where most wrestlers see at least six matches, the Porters had seven other wrestlers finish in the top 8 in their weight class. Click for more details!
If that picture doesn't get you to click, nothing will.
First big individual tournament of the high school season is out of the way. The Porters finished in 3rd at the POWERade, considered the second toughest tournament in the nation, despite a few underwhelming performances, but on the strength of some standout performances as well. Lockport fell to third by a single point. This week, Lockport will be up in Kaukana, WI, to participate in the Cheesehead tournament. Recap and information on those are within, as is a recap of the action our Alumni saw this past week. Click to get more!