WEEK 11 PREVIEW
Varsity is the only level in action this week, with the conference tournament coming up this weekend. This year, like last, the tournament will be hosted by Stagg. Wrestling is scheduled to begin Friday evening at 5:00pm, and will resume on Saturday morning at 9:00am. Show up!
Not much else to add to that, other than you can expect a different name or two at conference than regionals (last year, only 5 of our regional starters wrestled at conference). While we head into the final stretch of the season, healthy, injury free wrestlers are vital, so there are inevitably some wrestlers who sit conference out (as a quick note, this is just Sealy making an observation. Absolutely zero inside info here - as I write this, I'm fairly sure the varsity coaches are sleeping). Hopefully, we have a full, strong lineup that can come out and pick up an SWSC Tournament Championship to match the Blue division championship we've earned through the duals.
WEEK 10 RECAP
This was a busy week for everyone. All levels wrestled at Lincoln-Way East on Thursday, picking up wins at all levels. For the varsity recap, click here.
On Saturday, Varsity was at Neuqua Valley for the annual mega dual – the event that we alternate hosting with Neuqua each year. Lockport came away unscathed, picking up dual wins over Neuqua Valley, Metea Valley, and Barrington by a combined score of 174-39 to push the dual record to 25-0 this season. For a full recap, click here.
Saturday was a busy day on lower levels as well. Junior Varsity headed to the Oak Lawn Invite – lovingly referred to as “JV State.” The Porters came away with another JV State title, in that case, with some great individual performances propelling the team to a 30 (or so) point advantage over runner-up Lincoln-Way West. Individual champions include Mikey Kaminsky (106), Sal Farbo (113), Jake D’Angelo (120), Garrett Golob (126), and Malik Daghash (160). Austin Kolada (145) finished in second, suffering a defeat in the finals after being takedown with less than ten seconds remaining in the first overtime period. Joining him in second place were Bo Hamlin (170), Jack Mladic (195) and Brandon Baker (285). Roger Elliot (138) and Chris Walus (220) both put out 4th place finishes, while Parker Pavlacka (182) and Matt Mahalik (138) each came away with 5th place finishes on the day.
The freshman team finished up its individual season on Saturday as they went up to Glenbard North for the GBN Freshman Invite. In this dual team tournament, Lockport came out on top, defeating Lincoln-Way West 42-25 in the finals. Great season, guys!
Brad Johnson (Oklahoma University): OU took 2nd place at Virgina Duals, Brad posted a 3-1 record. On Friday night, Brad came away with two dual victories – the first of which being a 4-3 decision over ODU’s 9th ranked Kevin Beazley. Johnson ended Friday night with a win by fall in 5:51 over Clay Dent of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Saturday, Brad came away with a 7-1 decision over ASU’s Austyn Harris in Oklahoma’s 25-11 semifinal win. In the championship dual against Virginia Tech, won by VT by a 24-11 score, Brad dropped a 5-1 decision to Jared Haught, currently ranked 3rd at 197.
Vince Dietz (St. Cloud State University): St. Cloud State had a busy week, with four duals between Thursday and Sunday. On Thursday night, Dietz picked up a win by fall in just 1:22 in SCSU’s win over Central Missouri. Saturday, St. Cloud found themselves competing in The Ranger Duals. The team, top-ranked in Division II, went 2-1 on the day, as they were upset by unranked Indianapolis. Dietz, however, came away unscathed, going 3-0 on the day. He picked up an 11-3 major decision against McKendree University, a 6-2 decision win over Indianapolis, and another major decision against his opponent from Findlay – this one 12-2.
Shaun'Qae McMurtry (Northern Illinois University): Shaun’Qae made his return to the Huskie lineup Saturday, helping propel NIU to an 18-16 dual victory over SIUE with a 4-0 decision over Clayton Bass at 165
Shayne Oster (Northwestern University): Shayne picked up his first conference win in his collegiate career by way of a 12-2 major decision over Michigan State’s Nicholas Trimble as Northwestern eked out a 23-21 team victory on Friday night.
Tyler Johnson (North Carolina State): Tyler took the mat for NC State on Saturday, bumping up to 285 pounds to take on the Harvard heavyweight, Nick Djadzik. TJ’s first heavyweight effort didn’t quite go as planned, as he took a loss by 9-2 decision.
Dan Radcliffe (Central College): Radcliffe saw action for Central on Thursday night, picking up an 8-6 win over Joseph Riordan of Loras, but Central fell victim to a 24-18 upset by Loras on the night.
Brad Johnson was featured on the Big 12's Champions For Life series this week. Enjoy the short video below where Brad reflects on his career to date and what's in store for him moving forward. It's 1:48 long - and trust me, you can spare the time if you're still reading this.