Team Preview: Huntley

Head Coach’s Name: Benjamin Bertelsman
Team Name: Huntley High School Red Raiders
2019-2020 dual record (overall, conference):
19-8 – 9-0 in Fox Valley Conference – 4th Straight Undefeated Conference Season
Notable 2019-2020 tournament results:
3rd at Dvorak
2nd at Granite City
14th at The Clash National Duals
1st in Regionals – 4th Straight Year
1st in Barrington Sectional (Unofficial Scoring) -4th Straight Year

Top Returning Wrestlers

Enter Returning State Qualifiers + other key returners who didn’t qualify
Wrestler’s Name (First & Last) Grade Predicted Weight Previous state results
Jeremy Jakowitsch 12 138 3rd at State
Jake Jensen 11 119/126 Top 8 at State
Ryder Hunkins 11 195 Top 8 at State
Joaquin Miranda 11 160/170 SQ in 2018/19
Kaden Randazzo 12 170/182 SQ in 2018/19 for Marian Central Catholic

Key Seniors Lost to Graduation

Enter Key Seniors Lost to Graduation
Wrestler’s Name (First & Last) Weight Previous Accomplishments
David Ferrante 170 2x State Champ, 3x placer, 4x qualifier
Sam Spencer 126 4x Qualifer, 2x placer

Other departures/injuries

Enter other departures/injuries
Wrestler’s Name (First & Last) Weight Reason not back Previous state results
Andrew Lira 132 Graduated Early 2x SQ

2020-2021 Outlook

Keys to success in the 2020-21 season:
Have Fun, take care of business in our conference, maintain team size, had 60+ kids earn letters last year. Be ready for a State Series if we are lucky to have one.
Concerns about the lineup or challenges for the team this season:
Lost a lot of points with Spencer, Ferrante, and our other Seniors. It will be a challenge to organize a team, maintain a shortened schedule on all levels and keep kids focused through the end of the school year.
Please list any impact freshman or transfers
Kaden Randazzo, Senior SQ from Marian Central.
How will the newcomers/transfers help?
Our 170-195 should be big points with all kids being State Qualifiers
Coach’s quote on overall thoughts about the team:
I think it will be an interesting Season, less stress, less travel, but should be fun. We have lost over 328 Wins with just Ferrante and Spencer graduating. Will we have a group step up and fill that hole, I hope so!
Coach’s quote on expectations for this year’s team:
I expect us to once again compete for the top of the Fox Valley Conference and hopefully have a handful of State Qualifiers if we are lucky enough to have a State Series

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