PREVIEW: WEEK OF 11/28
All levels have an away dual against Bolingbrook this Thursday, December 3, with the lower levels beginning at 5:30. Bolingbrook features returning state placewinner Dylan Burnowski, likely to be competing at 126 this week, but currently ranked 5th at 120 by Illinois Best.
On Friday morning, the varsity travels to Fox Senior High School in Arnold, Missouri for the 42nd Annual Ron Sauer Duals. MissouriWrestling.com's forums have a nice thread about it, which you can read here. According to the thread, Lockport will be in the same pool at Holt - the team that beat us in the finals last year, 38-34, and the quarterfinals in the 2015 tournament, 31-27.
Wrestling begins starting at 5pm on Friday, and continues Saturday morning. The team will compete in seven dual meets over the two-day span. This is our fourth year going to this tournament, and Lockport has gone 18-3 in the previous three trips, but has yet to come home with a title. The Porters took 2nd in 2013, 5th in 2014, and a deeply unsatisfying 2nd place finish in 2016. Hopefully we can post a 7-0 record and win it this year. Follow the action live on TrackWrestling at this link.
For a recap, as well as photo link, of Wednesday and Thursday's duals against Yorkville and West Aurora, respectively, please click here.
For a recap of and link to photos from our quad this Saturday against Minooka, Belleville West, and Mt. Carmel, please click here.
It was a slow weekend for the alumni; given the holiday, there was not much competition to be had... none, actually.
BUT, on the football front, former Lockport wrestler had a potential spotlight moment. Renna, a coach at The University of Missouri, served as the acting Defensive Line coach in Mizzou's 28-24 win over Arkansas on Friday. This marked Renna's first full week as the acting DL coach, having been thrust into the role last weekend, when Mizzou's former DL coach was dismissed just prior to their game against Tennessee. With a full week of officially leading the line under his belt, Renna's players showed up for their coach - they had 13 tackles, including five for losses; three sacks, as well as 3 QB hits/pressures; and two pass break ups. Great work, coach!
Also, former stat girl extraordinaire and daughter of Coach Williams, Elaena Williams is still continuing as a stat girl for the wrestling team at UW Whitewater. And she definitely did not tell me to write this.