SCOUTING LOCAL WRESTLING TEAMS

Scouting Local Wrestling Teams

2013-12-05T18:00:00Z 2013-12-06T02:09:06Z Scouting Local Wrestling TeamsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
December 05, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

Beecher-Grant Park

Wrestlers to watch: Garrett Shelby, 120; Mitch Darabaris, 132; Kyle Krenmuller, 145; Micah Brill, 160; Kevn McNally, Sr., 182.

Outlook: The team graduated Devin Mahnke, second in Class 2A at 182, but returns a good nucleus in Darabaris, Shelby and McNally.  Beecher-Grant park could send a good number to the state finals.

Bloom Township

Wrestlers to watch: Anthony Jackson, So., 106; Raekwon Williams, So. 113; Brian Ruiz, Sr., 126; Dominique Taylor, Sr., 160; Johnnie Foster, Sr., 182; Alexzander Clark, Jr., 285.

Outlook: The Blazing Trojans have quality as they seek their ninth straight conference title. Taylor was a sectional qualifier, while Foster was was 29-7 and was a frosh-soph state champ and an AAU national champion. Coach Tom Tong has 308 career wins between Bloom Trail and Bloom and said he did lose some top wrestlers. "We should be competitive on the varsity level from week-to-week," Tong said. "For the first time that I can remember our numbers are not what they should be."

Crete-Monee

Wrestlers to watch: Tyrin Price, Jr., 145; Keith Backert, Sr., 152; Brandon Hannigan, Sr., 170; Maurice Wilburn, Sr., 182; Phillip Crews, Jr., 220.

Outlook: The Warriors have a pretty solid lineup and will be strong in the middle weights. Price, Backert, Hanningan, Wilburn and Crews are expected to be in contention for Southland Athletic Conference titles.

Homewood-Flossmoor

Wrestlers to watch: Mike Burke, Sr., 120; Connor Bandy, Sr., 145; Devion May, Sr., 220/285; Maddison Sutton, Jr., 138; Javon Thompson, Jr., 132/138; Alec Campso, So., 106; Elijah Geronimo, So., 120/126.

Outlook: Burke was a state qualifier at 106 and expects to do well at 120. The Vikings were 15-5 last year in dual meets, winning their own invitational and taking second at Hinsdale South. Coach Brett Geijer has good numbers. "We have a solid core coming back and are looking forward to see what this team can accomplish this year," Geijer said. "We will have many new faces in the lineup that all have great experience and success at the JV level last year." Geronimo transferred from Georgia.

Illiana Christian

Wrestlers to watch: Lucas Miedema, Jr., 132;  Ben DeYoung, So., 138; Tyler Bosman, Sr., 182; Collin Templeton, Sr., 195; Alex DeYoung, Sr., 285.

Outlook: Miedema was a sectional qualifier and the Vikings have a large senior class. They should do well in big meets.

Marian Catholic

Wrestlers to watch: Jake Domke, 138/145; Justin Avant 220; Jose Champagne, 145/152.

Outlook: Domke was a state qualifier at 120. The Spartans are young, but Avant and Champagne is expected to have a good year.

Mount Carmel

Wrestlers to watch: Javier Hernandez, Jr., 113; Mickey Riley, So., 120; Jacob Tucker, So., 132; Jack Diana, Sr., 145; Bryce Brill, Sr., 152; Dru Worker, So., 170; Jimmy Mickens, Sr., 182; Aaron Davis, Sr., 220.

Outlook: Brill is a two-time state champ. the Northwestern recruit is ready for a great senior season. Coach John Kading has senior leadership and a good group of freshmen and transfers. The Caravan have won three consecutive Catholic League titles.

Thornridge

Wrestlers to watch: Raekon Brown, Jr., 138; Dianro Terrance, Sr., 152; Kristopher Reese, Jr., 170; Cleveland Richardson, Jr., 160.

Outlook: Brown is a two-time sectional qualifier and Terrance is a sectional qualifier. Coach Mike Potacki said his team will be ready come sectional time. "We have a tough conference schedule and tournament, which will help our young wrestlers prepare for regionals and sectionals," Potacki said. "We hope to have a good showing at regionals and have five wrestlers advance to sectionals."

Thornton

Wrestler to watch: Shaun Ramey, Sr., 113.

Outlook: Ramey is the team's best wrestler and could be a state qualifier.

T.F. North

Wrestlers to watch: Jamari Milton, Jr., 138; Dontrell Coney, Jr., 152; Isavan Bobadilla, Jr., 170.

Outlook: Milton was a sectional qualifier, but coach Rich Watson has an inexperienced team. "We are going to be young, but building on the experience of the strong junior class returning," Watson said.

T.F. South

Wrestlers to watch: Jake Tisza, So., 138/145; Corey Cross, Sr., 132/138.

Outlook: The rebels lost quite a bit from last year's team including Blake Tisza and state qualifiers Joe Young (182) and Corinthian McBridge (285). Jake Tisza was a sectional qualifier at 120, but will go at either 138 or 145. Cross is expected to challenge for a conference title as well.

Thornwood

Wrestlers to watch: Kris Williams, Jr., 120; Beau Samaniego, Sr., 152; Dwayne Franklin, Sr., 195; Justin Pickett, Sr., 145; Jesus Fernandez, Sr, 126; Xavier Killing, Sr., 285.

Outlook: Williams, a two-tine Class 3A state champ, transferred from Thornton and is one of the top wrestlers at 120. Samaniego, Pickett, a transfer from T.F. South, Fernandez and Killing give coach Rodrigo Galvan a strong lineup. It will be tough to compete in the SouthWest Suburban Red.

Washington

Wrestlers to watch: James Chance, Sr., 182; Raad Hejazin, J.r, 170; Edgar Flores, Sr., 160.

Outlook: Chance was a regional champ and was 21-4. He has a chance to make it to the Class 2A state meet. Flores was fourth at regionals. Hejazin (22-4) and Moreno (18-5) also should have good seasons.

— Compiled by Mike Nieto

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