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We had a record number of nominations this week! The Illinois Matmen staff has narrowed down the list to 7 deserving nominees.
VOTE NOW for the GO EARN IT High School Wrestler of the Week! The poll closes on Wednesday morning at 8am central time.
And the nominees are (sorted alphabetically):
Andrew Bejarano, Sr, Plainfield South, 285 – Went 12-0 the last 2 weeks with a Dvorak championship, earning the most pins award, and did not give up a single point in the tournament. Went 6-0 at the Flavin and had a pin vs LWW. Had wins against 3A #1 Justin Hull of St Charles East, 3A HM Mike McNicholas of Montini and falls against 1A #4 David Vargas of IC Catholic and Cobie Underwood of Moline.
Dylan Burnoski, Sr, Montini, 132 – Won the Dvorak as the #3 seed beating #2 ranked Ohio wrestler Casey Wiles and majoring undefeated #1 seed Danny Pucino 14-5. Three of his wins were falls under 30 seconds.
Bryan Caves, So, Port Byron Riverdale, 195 – Went 9-0 at Abe’s Rumble. Bumped up to 220 and pinned #1 ranked Chad Grimm of Beardstown in the first period.
Trevor Chumbley, Sr, Marmion, 145 – Beat Joshua Saunders of CBC who is ranked #4 in the nation and won OW at the Granite City Tournament.
Ezra Elliott, Sr, Hoopeston Area, 138 – Went 8-0 at Abe’s Rumble bumping up to 145 including a 14-0 major over Oliver Willis of Chicago Hope, 18-2 tech over Jason Hermann of Lena-Winslow (HM at 145), fall over Jonathan Foote of Camp Point, and a 17-2 tech over Alex Maguire of Roxana (#2 at 145).
Michael Leveille, Sr, Marist, 113 – Took 1st place at the 58th annual Granite City Holiday Tournament going 8-0 over the two days with 5 pins. Beat Missouri’s #6 ranked Jalin Reese, Missouri’s #1 ranked Logan Ferrero, and 2A runner-up Abe Hinrichson of Washington in the finals.
Luke Luffman, Sr, Urbana, 285 – Improved his record to 23-0 this weekend winning the Lincoln Holiday Tournament. He had 5 pins wrestling only 7 minutes and 28 seconds and beating Xavier Sanchez from Antioch in the finals with a pin in 1:43. No points were scored against Luke in the five matches.