Lockport starts season finishing 4th at Moore/Prettyman Memorial Invite

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Lockport starts season finishing 4th at Moore/Prettyman Memorial Invite

The Lockport Porters wrestling team kicked off it’s 2017-2018 season, this past weekend, with the school’s first at the Moore-Prettyman Tournament, held at Barrington High School on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Lockport, the defending 3A dual-team state champions, finished in 4th place with 160.5 points, just 12.5 points behind team-champion Libertyville, and 4.5 points behind Yorkville for 3rd - notable because they are coached by former Lockport state Champion Jake Oster, brother and former assistant to current Lockport head coach, Josh Oster.

In what will be a very familiar theme this season, Lockport had a lot of new faces in the lineup.  The Porters lost half of last year’s starting regional lineup to graduation, and 10 members of the the 21-man roster for the IHSA Dual Team State Tournament.  New names and faces were expected, but due to some injuries, illness, weight issues, etc., we had more wrestlers making their varsity debuts than we had expected  In fact, less than half of the nineteen wrestlers Lockport had competing at this tournament had ever competed on the varsity level in high school.  For those wondering, Barrington allows teams to bring extra wrestlers that compete if there are open spots in the bracket.  But although they are allowed to compete, they do not necessarily earn the team any points.  Each team must designate one point-scoring wrestler at any weight that has multiple members of the same team, and must do so prior to the start of competition.

The Porters only had 13 scoring wrestlers, short a heavyweight for this tournament, while having 6 non-scoring wrestlers competing.  Five of those thirteen scoring wrestlers earned a place in the top-eight of their bracket, while another - Chris McMurtry at 145 -  took part in a mini-bracket for 9th place, but came up just short and finished in 10th.

The placers for Lockport included Matt Ramos and Anthony Molton, who each won titles at 113 and 120, respectively.  Baylor Fernandes was a runner-up at 152, while Mike Kaminski finished in 3rd place in his first high school varsity tournament.  Zach Reese and Malik Daghash each found a place on the podium, but both came up a bit short in their place matches, with Reese taking 4th at 160 and Daghash finishing 6th at 170.

Other point-scoring wrestlers who fell shy of earning a podium spot included Nate Ramsey at 126 pounds, who made his high school debut this weekend, and picked up a win in the process.  If his name seems familiar, Nate is the younger brother of four-year starter and 1x State Qualifier Brendan Ramsey who just graduated this past year,  Others who came up short but contributed toward the team score include Anthony Crapia at 132, Matt Mahalik at 138, John Tomas at 182, Parker Pavlacka-Piel at 195, and Jacob Rosin at 220.  With the exception of Mahalik, it was the varsity debut for each of these wrestlers.

Lockport’s non-scoring wrestlers had some quality wins on the day as well.  Ryan Oster joined Nate Ramsey in being the only other wrestler on the team to make their high school wrestling debut at Barrington.  Oster, cousin to the brothers that are now synonymous with Lockport Wrestling, went 1-2 on the day at 106 pounds, after weighing in at a scale-tipping 92 pounds that morning.   Ishmael Curiel and Mike Kinney, competing at 120 and 182, were unable to earn any victories on the day, however, journeyman starter Garrett Golob earned one victory by major decision at 132, with one of his two losses coming to the eventual 5th place finisher.

Although they earned no team points for their efforts, Kyle Boone and Austin Kolada each picked up three wins in their varsity debuts.  Both wrestlers earned their way into the 9th place tournament, but each falling in the 9th-place quarterfinal round, ending their day with a 3-3 record.

Full brackets for the tournament can be found here, and they’re definitely worth checking ou

2017 Moore-Prettyman Results Summary: Lockport

SCORING WRESTLERS:

106: Mike Kaminski (So.) - 3rd (5-1)
113: Matt Ramos (Jr.) - 1st (4-0)
120: Anthony Molton (Jr.) - 1st (4-0)
126: Nate Ramsey (Fr.) - DNP (1-2)
132: Anthony Crapia (So.) - DNP 0-2
138: Matt Mahalik (Jr.) - DNP (1-2)
145: Chris McMurtry (Sr) - 10th (4-3)
152: Baylor Fernandes (Jr.) - 2nd (4-1)
160: Zach Reese (Sr.) - 4th (3-2)
170: Malik Daghash (Jr.) - 6th (5-3)
182: John Tomas (So.) - DNP (1-2)
195: Parker Pavlacka-Piel (Sr.) - DNP (1-2)
220: Jacob Rosin (So.) - DNP (0-2)

NON-SCORING WRESTLERS

106: Ryan Oster (Fr.) - DNP (1-2)
120: Ishmael Curiel (So.) - DNP (0-2)
132: Garrett Golob (Jr.) - DNP (1-2)
145: Kyle Boone (So.) - DNP (3-3)
152: Austin Kolada (Sr.) - DNP (3-3)
182: Mike Kinney (So.) - DNP (0-2)

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How to order your 2017 State Championship Gear

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How to order your 2017 State Championship Gear

For anyone interested in ordering gear there are several options available. Please follow the directions below.

Lockport Wrestling STATE CHAMPIONS 2017 Apparel Ordering Instructions – Order Until Friday March 17, 2017

1.     Go to www.spiritproducts.net
2.     Click “Team Order Form” tab on top right of page
3.     Find Lockport Wrestling State Champions  and enter Access Code WRSTATE1
4.     Pick Products and Product size, then Add to cart for all items you would like to purchase
5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

The apparel will come individually poly-bagged to the Athletic Office with a receipt for the items purchased.

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3/1/17: Upcoming Events, Week 16 Recap, Alumni Recap

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3/1/17: Upcoming Events, Week 16 Recap, Alumni Recap

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!

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Lockport Wins 2017 Dual Team State Championship!!

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Lockport Wins 2017 Dual Team State Championship!!

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.

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Lockport Defeats Edwardsville 40-19, Qualifies For Dual-Team State

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Lockport Defeats Edwardsville 40-19, Qualifies For Dual-Team State

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.

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2/21/17: Week 16 Preview, Week 15 Recap, Alumni Recap

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2/21/17: Week 16 Preview, Week 15 Recap, Alumni Recap

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...)

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Trevell Timmons Wins 3A State Title, Six Other Porters Place

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Trevell Timmons Wins 3A State Title, Six Other Porters Place

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.

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2/14/17: Week 15 Preview, Week 14 Recap, Alumni Recap

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2/14/17: Week 15 Preview, Week 14 Recap, Alumni Recap

"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)

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Lockport Qualifies School-Record 12 Wrestlers for Individual State Championship

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Lockport Qualifies School-Record 12 Wrestlers for Individual State Championship

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.

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2/07/17: Week 14 Preview, Week 13 Recap, Alumni Recap

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2/07/17: Week 14 Preview, Week 13 Recap, Alumni Recap

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!

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Porters Thrash Competition in Regional Victory

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Porters Thrash Competition in Regional Victory

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.

Click to read more!

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Regular Season Recap

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Regular Season Recap

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!

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1/30/17: Week 13 Preview, Week 12 Recap, Alumni Recap

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1/30/17: Week 13 Preview, Week 12 Recap, Alumni Recap

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!

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7 Individual Champions Propel Lockport to SWSC Open Team Title

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7 Individual Champions Propel Lockport to SWSC Open Team Title

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!

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1/17/17: Week 11 Preview, Week 10 Recap, Alumni Recap

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1/17/17: Week 11 Preview, Week 10 Recap, Alumni Recap

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!

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#1 Lockport Picks Up Three Wins at Neuqua Valley Mega-Duals

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#1 Lockport Picks Up Three Wins at Neuqua Valley Mega-Duals

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

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#1 Lockport Cruises Past Lincoln-Way East, Wins Conference Title

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#1 Lockport Cruises Past Lincoln-Way East, Wins Conference Title

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.

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1/10/17: Week 10 Preview, Week 9 Recap, Alumni Recap

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1/10/17: Week 10 Preview, Week 9 Recap, Alumni Recap

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!

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Lockport Takes 5th At Cheesehead, Assaf Wins Title at 132

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Lockport Takes 5th At Cheesehead, Assaf Wins Title at 132

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!

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