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Old 02-21-2008
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Followup: Class AA individual

It’s always fun to follow up on this kind of column…especially when the outcome is reasonably close to our projections.

As we expected in the Class AA unofficial individual team scoring race, Montini and Glenbard North locked horns in quite a struggle. Both advanced four to the finals and both placed six…and in the end, it was two-time heavyweight champion Garrett Goebel’s pin points that gave the edge to the Broncos, 130-125.

The rest of the usual suspects…Neuqua Valley, Carl Sandburg, Providence, St. Rita, Chicago Mount Carmel…also turned in successful performances, on the final score sheet, anyway. In fact, the final top 10 included eight of the 10 teams we picked to finish there…not bad.

Here’s a breakdown of how things happened:

1. Montini – predicted finish, 1st; actual finish, 1st (130 points)

Goebel didn’t become the first wrestler in Class AA history to pin his way to a state title, but with three pins, he did rack up enough pin points to give the Broncos the title. Foreside’s finals trip was expected, but Gregerson and Gonzalez advancing to the finals were pleasant surprises. Stelter and Grimes added the expected low places and the Broncos wouldn’t have won it without Brody, Rasche, Marti and Baer all scoring a few, even though some didn’t quite live up to expectations.

2. Glenbard North – predicted finish, 2nd; actual finish, 2nd (125 points)

So much for the no-brainers. The Panthers did get four wrestlers to the finals, as we predicted, and crowned three state champions for the first time, with the Ramos brothers becoming the first in Class AA in nine years to win in the same season. Even with two other placewinners, though, it wasn’t quite enough to catch Montini, which got at least one win from each of its 10 state qualifiers. The Panthers did the same – and got virtually the maximum mileage out of its Champaign contingent – but 10 beats seven (qualifiers) every time.

3. Neuqua Valley – predicted finish, 3rd; actual finish, 6th (73 points)

You’re not going to get out of the Naperville North sectional with marginal state qualifiers – but the ones you do get out are probably going to score. Proctor, Duffy and Spangler all were impressive in finishing third, but for the latter two, that was well below their expectations. All five qualifiers did win a match, so for them to finish just sixth shows the quality of the top teams in the hunt.

4. Providence – predicted finish, 4th; actual finish, 5th (75 points)

“Just…a bit outside” was the way to describe the Celtics’ performance at Champaign. Cooper and Reynolds advanced to the finals and stayed within sight of their opponents, but neither was going to win…Augle and Wojcik couldn’t score the odd big point when they needed it, settling for fifth, and Togher couldn’t quite navigate through the deep 189-pound class. Just shows that the things that make you a great dual team don’t always translate to the individual state tournament.

5. Carl Sandburg – predicted finish, 5th; actual finish, 4th (86 points)

Morrison and Conrad Polz did exactly what they were projected to do. We knew, as everybody did, that that would happen. To get past their 50 points, the Eagles had to find additional scoring, and they got it nicely from LePretre and Holler, who rose above the pack at their weights to finish fifth and fourth, respectively. Nice way for Mike Polz to close out one of the dominating runs in state history.

6. St. Rita – predicted finish, 6th; actual finish, 3rd (98 points)

Remember what we wrote about the Mustangs? “As always, the state’s mystery team. Will Steve Zimmerman reverse the pattern of his first three seasons and peak at the state tournament, rather than in December? Can Majka ride his steady but unspectacular style to the state finals? How has wrestling at 171 and 189 in January helped Osborn? Will Akui wrestle like a veteran, rather than a freshman? Can footballer Galeher close his wrestling career with a positive experience? Can Cody Zimmerman, Wilson and Nolen score at the state level? The answers to those questions will determine whether Dan Carroll’s final team contends for a top-three spot or struggles to stay in the top 10.” Okay, Akui wasn’t in the lineup, but virtually everything else went right for St. Rita as Steve Zimmerman, Majka, Osborn and Galeher all met or exceeded expectations. Nice job, Coach Carroll.

7. Wheaton North – predicted finish, 7th; actual finish, 9th (45 points)

The Falcons were the team with lots of solid wrestlers who always seem to run into the other team’s stud(s) too early. Fitzenreider and Terrazas were solid in finishing third and Earley, the epitome of the opening comment in this paragraph, went a long way in the tournament as well. For a team always looking up at arch-rival Glenbard North, the Falcons never say die, a testament to Steve Holland and his staff.

8. Rockton Hononegah – predicted finish, 8th; actual finish, 11th (35 points)

The Indians have had better tournament teams, but they’ve gotten over the hump: This team has built solid lineups year after year and can go with anyone in a dual meet. Six of their seven state qualifiers won at least once. Unfortunately, the one that didn’t win was Givens, who needed to score at least some points to live up to our prediction. Fenicle and Dwyer did the job in tough weight classes and Waliullah had a nice finish as well.

9. Lincoln-Way Central – predicted finish, 9th; actual finish, 7th (69.5 points)

Despite the way the final match played out, Kratovil had a great finish to a great career and Farmer, whom we said would have to wrestle the tournament of his life to match last year’s third-place finish, did that and exceeded it with memorable victories in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Nelson’s finish – and pin points – were a big help, too. Even with Heimer just missing out on a state trip for the second straight year, the Knights got the maximum mileage out of those who did advance.

10. Marian Catholic – predicted finish, 10th; actual finish, 22nd (26 points)

The Spartans had one of their best seasons ever and yes, they’re improving…unfortunately, they’re not ready for prime time just yet. Marianovich was solid in finishing fourth and Larson did place for the first time this year, but you got the idea, even in a tough weight class, he should have been higher than sixth. Any team with contributions from just two wrestlers lives on the edge and that’s what happened to Joey Gilbert’s team…but better days likely are ahead.

11. Oak Park-River Forest – predicted finish, 11th; actual finish, 13th (33 points)

Though only half of the Coleman brothers made the final lineup, Ellis Coleman got lots of bonus points and accounted for most of the Huskies’ point total. Dengel and Martin also won a couple, bringing them close, at least, to our prediction.

12. Chicago Mount Carmel – predicted finish, 12th; actual finish, 8th (59 points)

No school advanced more individuals to the state than Mount Carmel’s 11. Only five won a match, however. Futrell more than lived up to expectations and Barbour also placed for the second time. It was Ford’s performance, though, that vaulted the Caravan into the top 10.

13. Grant – predicted finish, 13th; actual finish, 12th (34 points)

Not a bad number with just three qualifiers, but defending champion Munster’s failure to place was certainly a shocker. Izzy Montemayor certainly more than took up the slack, his upset of Coleman among the first day’s big news as he continued all the way to the finals.

14. Fenwick – predicted finish, 14th; actual finish, 16th (31 points)

A three-man team from the start, the Friars got contributions from just two of the three, with the Dardanes twins both turning in solid performances in deep weight classes…hence, our prediction.

15. Prospect – predicted finish, 15th; actual finish, 19th (29 points)

Boggess’ state tournament didn’t have the ending anyone would hope for, but he certainly lived up to expectations. Brennan’s tough draw doomed him early and Zintak didn’t show the necessary staying power for the second straight year at Champaign. Still, the Knights came within striking distance of our prediction.

Finally, let’s hear it for Dundee-Crown, the surprise Top 10 finisher (10th, 38 points). The Chargers advanced just two to Champaign and both are veterans, but both Horcher and Lukowski obviously surpassed expectations. Congratulations to coach Al Zinke for quite a season…he earned his 500th career victory and coached the school’s first state champion in 23 years in a span of less than one month.

Last edited by Rob Sherrill; 02-21-2008 at 04:10 PM.
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Though I respect and appreciate the amount of time that went into this, I feel that there are a lot of unnecessary negative shots at individual high school students.
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Though I respect and appreciate the amount of time that went into this, I feel that there are a lot of unnecessary negative shots at individual high school students.
what do you mean by "unnecessary negative shots" ?
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