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Oswego East wrestling moves into SPC action, starts 2-4 in the circle

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego East wrestling team grinded out a busy start to the season with five matches in two days, and the schedule doesn't get any easier for the Wolves this week.

Oswego East (2-4) began Southwest Prairie Conference action on Wednesday against Plainfield North before visiting Plainfield East today, Thursday, at 6 p.m. That leads into Saturday's five-team Oswego East Invite at 9 a.m. to give the Wolves 13 dual meets in less than two weeks' time.

"We want to win them all, but when you get into the conference duals, you throw some extra heat on there. You want to make sure you have a good performance," Oswego East head coach Mike Jezioro said. "We'll see them at the conference tournament and again at regionals, so it's a good gauge. This week, especially those two duals, it's going to be a battle. We're looking forward to seeing (Plainfield) North and (Plainfield) East.

"Saturday we have five more teams and Lincoln-Way East is there and I'm looking forward to wrestling them. Glenbard East is there and they're ranked 13th right now. It'll be nice to see them and see where we stack up against one of the better teams in the state."

On Nov. 27, Oswego East hosted DeKalb and lost 48-21 to the Barbs. Starting at 160, the Wolves fell behind 4-0, but freshman Kendall Elfstrum put the team on the board with a 9-6 win at 170. Oswego East won by injury default at 195, and junior Ryan Ingalls pinned his opponent in 1:33 for the win at 220. Through the first six bouts, Oswego East trailed DeKalb 16-15, but three consecutive forfeit wins in the lower weights put DeKalb in the lead for good.

Freshman Andrew Okayama won a 2-0 decision at 138 and senior Mason Miller won a 3-2 decision at 145 to record wins for the Wolves.

"We knew DeKalb was tough," Jezioro said. "By the time we got to heavyweight it was a 15-16 dual. We got to our string of three forfeits and that hurts your momentum, but the guys were excited to get out there and finally compete. It was a nice night and good to get out there and finally wrestling."

On Saturday, Oswego East wrestled five matches at Jacobs and went 2-3 on the day. The Wolves opened with a 48-41 loss to Bartlett after giving up 12 points by forfeit. Senior Jason Fountain won by pin at the 6:44 mark at 138 and Andrew Okayama won a 7-2 decision at 145 while senior CeCe Schaefer won by pin (3:56) at 160, Elfstrum won by pin (5:17) at 170 and Monte Hall won by pin (2:30) at 182. Senior Joey Torres won by pin (2:23) at 195 and senior Steve McMahon (285) won a 3-2 ultra tiebreaker.

Oswego East lost a 45-24 match to Huntley. Fountain won by pin (1:51), Miller won a 7-2 decision and freshman Jake Shea won a 6-4 decision at 170. Junior Jason Okayama won by pin (4:23) at 195 and junior Dan Moran won by pin (2:25) at 220.

Oswego East won eight matches against Riverside-Brookfield to overcome three forfeits at 106, 113 and 120, and defeated R-B 38-30.

Senior Austin Scaliatine won a 6-4 overtime decision, Andrew Okayama won by pin in 39 seconds and sophomore BJ Hill won by pin (1:32) at 152. Schaefer won a 5-1 decision, Elfstrum won by pin (3:56) and Hall won a 15-4 major decision. Torres won by pin (3:50) and Ingalls won a 9-4 major decision.

Oswego East lost a 46-22 dual to host Jacobs. Andrew Okayama, who went 4-1 on the day as one of the few wrestlers to wrestle all five bouts, won a 14-4 major decision. Miller won by pin at the 2:57 mark. Hall won a 9-7 decision and Torres, who went 3-0 on the day, won an 8-3 decision.

Oswego East closed out the day with a 41-12 win over Richards with just four weight classes wrestled. Richards forfeited six upper weights. Sophomore Cody Webb won by pin in 50 seconds at 132 and Andrew Okayama won by tech fall (18-3).

"We try to keep guys fresh and interchange some guys and we only had three guys wrestle all five," Jezioro said. "It's nice to see other guys get in and see some things they can work on. Andrew Okayama had a good day. It's good to see him getting some mat time and getting wins. CeCe did a good job. Some of the football players are still trying to work into shape and it's good that he wrestled three times. Some of the guys did well and we're still looking to improve moving forward."

Next week, Oswego East will host Oswego next Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. before entering the Glenbard East Quad on Dec. 14.

Notes: Jezioro also learned he will be without returning state qualifier Zach Prinz in his lineup for the 2013-14 season. Prinz, who was ranked eighth this preseason at 182, suffered a torn labrum during the football season and will undergo surgery to repair it next week. He will miss his junior season, but is expected to return to the mats for his final season with the Wolves.

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