Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Winter Sports Preview: Wrestling

The 2010 varsity boys wrestling team. Pictured, front row, from left, is: Selena Aleman, Joe Skroko, Cesar Martinez, Tommy Larkin, Shane Mackie, Brad Lovell and Griffin Larkin. Second row: Mallory Haak, Travis Heck, Chance Shelton, Alex Kick, Jake Wilcox, Jason Gomez, Samantha Bittner and Jaclyn Wilcox. Third row: coach Todd Streit, coach David Abel, Dillon Cowan, Nathan Cowan, Cody Melson, Dan Stott, Victor Saucedo, Cody Vanbuskirk, Tyler Kramer and head coach Tim Haak/Image courtesy of Inter-State Studio

Head coach: Tim Haak

Last year’s record: 23-5 (lost in sectionals; have won 23 straight Class A regionals); shared conference with Richmond-Burton and Burlington Central

Returning wrestlers: Senior Dillon Cowan (captain); juniors Dan Strott (captain), Cody Melson (captain), Brad Lovell (captain), Tommy Larkin, Joey Skroko and Nathan Cowan; and sophomore Chance Shelton

Coach’s thoughts on:

Strengths — “The number of wrestlers we have out this year. Out of our potential starting lineup, 99% were involved in the offseason programs. We did a lot of wrestling in the spring and summer in open tournaments and team camps.”

Weaknesses — “We have some guys bunched up in weight classes so it will take a while to thin it out.”

This season — “We want to try and wrestle as many ranked teams as possible. We have Crystal Lake Central, Fox Lake and Grant plus all the Class A schools on our schedule. We will probably wrestle 15-ranked teams this year. We will also wrestle Granite City this year and next [this year at Granite City, next year in Harvard].Granite City has the most wins in state history [approximately 1,100]. Harvard is second with around 900.”

Goals for the team: “Get them into wrestling shape and get them into the right weight, which is going to take awhile. We have 45 kids out this year, so we have a lot of depth. We want to get our younger guys matches on varsity.”