The Lockport wrestling season came to an end Tuesday night, as the Porters dropped a hard fought dual to Minooka, 33-30. Lockport, the defending state champions, had looked to return to the Dual Team State Tournament for the fourth straight year, and give itself a chance of defending their state championship. In a familiar theme for the Porters, the team was able to overcome the fact that there were a few starters out, but bonus points proved to be the difference maker yet again.
The Lockport wrestling team took a contingent of six wrestlers down to Champaign on Thursday. Having already met their goal of just qualifying for the state tournament, these young men had their eyes on a spot on the podium - hopefully the top spot. While three wrestlers unfortunately left the tournament empty handed, three others did not. Zach Reese finished in 4th place at 152 pounds, Matt Ramos finished in 3rd place at 113 pounds, and Anthony Molton had arguably the greatest run of the tournament, knocking off two opponents ranked in the top ten in the nation on his way to his first IHSA Individual State Championship.
This past weekend, a contingent of ten wrestlers headed down to Alton High School to compete in the IHSA 3A Individual Sectional being hosted there. After a day and a half of very competitive wrestling, the tournament came to a close with six wrestlers qualifying for the IHSA Individual State Championships, to be held February 15-17 at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.
On Saturday, Lockport ran through the field at the Joliet Central Class 3A Regional, putting 10 wrestlers through to next week's Individual Sectional down in Alton. Led by seven champions, Lockport scored 226 points as a team, well above the 139.5 points scored by the runner-up team, Neuqua Valley High School. This is the Porters' fourth consecutive IHSA Regional Championship, and marks the fifth under head coach Josh Oster's tutelage.
The Lockport Porters dominated throughout Friday evening and Saturday at Stagg High School, winning the Tom Lahey Invitational with 240 points, with the second-place team coming in well behind at 170.5 points. Individually, the Porters had five champions, a runner-up, two fourth-place finishers, two fifth-place finishers, and two sixth-place finishers.
In one of the most unique tournaments in the nation, Lockport had a hit-or-miss showing as a team. While the vast majority of the team ended the weekend with winning records, due to the tournament set-up, only five of the Lockport wrestlers won their pigtail bouts, needed to place them in the top sixteen. All five of those wrestlers ended up placing in the top eight of the tournament. In fact, 10 of 14 wrestlers came away with winning records, but not the high places to go with them.
(Originally posted on January 10th, was then deleted within a day due to error, not caught until a week later. Apologies!)
For the second Saturday in a row, Lockport squared off with multiple teams. This time, Lockport headed over to Yorkville to take on Grant and the host Yorkville squad, coached by Jake Oster - brother of our own coaches, Josh and Jameson Oster, and 2004 State Champion for Lockport. Wrestling Grant in the first dual of the day and Yorkville in the third dual, the Porters put on a solid performance and came away with a 2-0 record on the weekend, putting the team back above .500 on the season.
Apologies for this write-up not being up to the usual standard - error on the website resulted in several posts being deleted, including this Tri’s write-up. Now, it’s being written from memory nearly a month later, where it’s obviously going to be less detailed. Apologies, wrestlers and fans.
*Re-post of an earlier write-up that due to error has since been deleted. Apologies; luckily this was found preserved in original form.*
Lockport played host to a dual meet against Sandburg on Friday, December 22, followed by a quad in which the Porters hosted Glenbard East, Fremd, and DeKalb on Saturday, December 23. The Porters were unable to secure a winning week, however, posting a 2-2 record over the two day span.
The Porters battled through an exhausting two weeks of wrestling earlier this week. In that time span, the team went out of state to finish 21st as a team, placing only two wrestlers at the toughest in-season tournament in the nation. Lockport then had four straight days of dual meets, ending the span with a record of 3-3.
All the way back on December 8th and 9th, Lockport traveled to the Ironman Tournament at Walsh-Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Considered to be the toughest high school tournament in the nation, it held up to its reputation. Lockport placed only two wrestlers in the tournament - Matt Ramos finished in 7th place at 113, while Anthony Molton took home 5th place at 120.
Each placer had a couple notable wins under their belt. Ramos, who came into the tournament ranked 15th in the country by FloWrestling at the time, took out Dylan Shawver of Elyria (OH) in the Round of 12 (or, as we love to call it, “The Blood Round”). At the time, Shawver was ranked 17th by Flo, but at 120 pounds. Ramos also notched a win by fall over Beau Bayless of Reynolds (PA), who has been ranked 20th by Flo at one point this season. It’s also worth noting that one of Ramos’s losses came to Lucas Byrd of La Salle (OH), who has been ranked between 5th and 12th nationally this season, and was on the Cadet World Team this past September.
Not to be outdone, Anthony Molton picked up a pair of quality wins during his tournament. Molton also knocked off Brendon Fenton of Elyria (OH), ranked 15th at the time by Flo, by a 10-1 major decision in the Blood Round. Molton’s 9-7 victory in his 5th place match came over Justin Pacheco of Pomona (CO), who is ranked 16th by FloWrestling in their most recent set of rankings (Dec. 19).
There was a much more detailed write-up just about the Ironman, but some website difficulties occurred, and that post seems to have disappeared forever, so that’s all the blurb you’ll get for this one. If you’d like to check it out for yourself, here is a link to the Ironman Tournament on TrackWrestling, where you can view final team scores, individual results, and brackets. http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/predefinedtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=270646009
On Wednesday, December 13, Lockport traveled out to Homewood-Flossmoor to take on the Vikings, where the Porters came away with a 58-13 win on the day. There were no “matches to watch out for,” so to speak, as HF had no ranked wrestlers. Lockport kept HF to 4 wins, while coming away with 7 of their own, as well as three wins by forfeit. Matt Ramos (113) won by a technical fall, while Anthony Molton (120), Baylor Fernandes (152), Zach Reese (160), and Parker Pavlacka-Piel (195) each picked up a win by fall. Anthony Crapia (132) picked up a decision victory, as did Jake Rosin (220). Earning forfeit wins were Ryan Oster (106), Jake Lukasczyk (126),and Malik Daghash (170).
Thursday, Lockport hosted an always tough Lincoln-Way West squad. The dual was a back-and-forth battle, as one may expect from the #4 (Lockport) and #6 teams in the state. But when the dust all settled, it was Lincoln-Way West coming out with a win over the defending state champion Porters, by a final score of 34-30. Jeff De Graw wrote up a great article covering the dual meet here (http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/12/15/wrestling-skentzos-lincoln-way-west-slip-past-lockport/akrqugx/), so do yourself a favor and read that to get a detailed account of the dual. No reason to write it up twice!
Friday, the Porters traveled to Frankfort to square off against Lincoln-Way East. Taking nothing away from the host Griffins, who clearly came ready to wrestle, Lockport struggled from the get-go, perhaps still focused on their disappointingly close loss from the night before. In the end, it would come to cost them, as Lockport dropped the dual to LWE by just one point, 29-28. The dual started at 132, where Garrett Golob lost a close 2-0 decision to LWE’s Patrick Zofkie. Matt Mahalik helped the Poters bounce back at 138, earning a takedown in the final thirty seconds of a tied match to pick up a 7-5 win and even up the team score. But at 145, LWE’s Anthony Eattinger scored a major decision victory over Chris McMurtry to put LWE back in the lead, before Baylor Fernandes again evened the score with a major decision of his own for Lockport at 152. At 160, Zach Reese held on for a 4-3 win to give Lockport a 10-7 lead - the only one they would have during the dual. Lockport surrendered a major decision at 170 and at 182, a last second (literally) takedown for LWE gave them a 5-4 win. Heading into 195, perhaps the premier match of the dual, Lockport was down 14-10. At 195, Yousif Salah was taking on LWE’s Nick Mihajlovich, and had fallen behind, but was mounting a solid comeback, notching a few takedowns at will to close the gap, when, early in the third period and trailing by two, Salah went for a big move and couldn’t quite land it - instead landing on his back and Mihajlovich scoring the fall. LWE continued by picking up a fall at 220 and a 1-0 decision at 285, leading 29-10. Lockport picked up a decision at 106 by Mike Kaminski, and pinfalls by Matt Ramos and Anthony Molton at 113 and 120. Heading into the final bout, Lockport trailed 29-25, and needed a tech or a pin for the team win. Jake D’Angelo did all he could to get that fall, and was less than a second away from getting it, with a pin call at the end of the first period being waved off as time had run out. Unable to get the fall, D’Angelo got the win, but the Porters lost, 29-28.
On Saturday 4 of the top 10 3A teams in the state met to wrestle in Huntley. #3 Mt. Carmel #5 Lockport, #8 Huntley and #9 Marmion.
Lockport finished 2-1 on the day with scores of:
Lockport 36-23 Marmion Academy
Lockport 26-37 Mt. Carmel
Lockport 41-27 Huntley
Going 3-0 on the day were Matt Ramos, Anthony Molton and Baylor Fernandes.
Notching wins over ranked opponents:
Mike Kaminski 7-2 over #3 Diego Sotelo
Mike Kaminski tech fall over HM Jimmy Pellegrino
Matt Ramos 3-1 over #6 Sam Spencer
Matt Ramos tech fall over #10 Noah Mis
Matt Ramos 6-4 over #7 Michael Jaffe
Anthony Molton 15-9 over #4 Rehan Uribe
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
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)
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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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.
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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!
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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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