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Oswego East wrestlers go 1-1 in first week of SPC action

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego East wrestling team gutted out a tough stretch of the schedule last week and amassed 13 bouts by the first week of December.

The result is a 6-7 overall record and 1-1 start to the Southwest Prairie Conference season.

"We have some guys tired and banged up, but that's bound to happen wrestling 13 times in that short of time," Oswego East head coach Mike Jezioro said. "We made it through with nothing serious."

Wrestling three times over a four-day span, the stretch opened with a 43-33 win over Plainfield North in the SPC opener on Dec. 4. Starting at 196, Oswego East started with a 16-0 lead after two forfeits and an 11-2 major decision win by junior Ryan Ingalls at heavyweight. But Oswego East forfeited at 106 and 113, and Plainfield North won the next three weight classes by pin to take a 30-16 lead over the Wolves.

Oswego East's strength of the lineup showed as the Wolves rallied back for the win. Freshman Andrew Okayama won a 7-4 decision at 138, senior Mason Miller won by fall (5:25) at 145 and sophomore BJ Hill won by fall (5:56) at 152 to put the Wolves back in the lead. Senior CeCe Schaefer pinned his opponent in 1:57 for the win at 160 and freshman Kendall Elfstrum won by fall at 170 at the 3:15 mark.

"Plainfield North is opposite of us; they're better in the upperweights and we're better in the lower weights. I just think we made up more points than they were able to," Jezioro said.

Last Thursday, Oswego East lost to Plainfield East, 53-22. Okayama won by fall in 2:20, Hill won by all in 1:08 and Elfstrum won by fall in 3:40. Senior Joey Torres won a 13-4 major decision.

"When we got to heavyweight, we were up, but they took it to us and turned it around in the lighter weights and we just couldn't make up for us," Jezioro said. "I don't think we wrestled very well. Plainfield East has their program on the up-and-up and we just didn't respond to the level of physicalness that they showed."

Oswego East had a 2-3 showing at its own invitational last Saturday, opening the day with a 63-12 win over Kennedy. Senior Austin Scaliatine won by pin (3:00) at 120, senior Jason Fountain won by pin (2:24) at 132 and Okayama won by tech fall (4:37) by a score of 17-1. Miller won by fall (3:01) and Hill won by fall (1:10) while Schaefer won by fall (1:33) at 160 and Elfstrum won by fall in 4:26.

Torres won a 16-6 major decision, junior Dan Moran won by fall (1:01) at 220 and junior Ryan Ingalls won by pin (:20) at 285.

Oswego East also had little trouble dispatching Rich Central, 72-6. Fountain, Miller, Hill, Schaefer, Elfstrum, Hall, Torres and senior Steve McMahon (285) all won by pinfall.

The Wolves lost their first bout of the day to Lincoln-Way East, 37-33. Okayama won a 9-6 decision, Miller won by pin in 5:37 and Hill won by pin in 4:31. Schaefer recorded a 7-5 decision and Elfstrum won 13-7. Moran won by pin (1:32) and Ingalls also pinned his opponent in the first period, ending his match in just 53 seconds.

Oswego East lost to Glenbard East 46-25. Okayama won an 11-2 major decision, Hill won by pin in 36 seconds and Schaefer won an 8-5 decision. Torres pinned his opponent in 4:46 and Ingalls won by fall at the 3:25 mark.

Against Bloom, Oswego East lost a narrow match, 41-36. Okayama won by in in 1:14, Miller won by pin in 5:30 and Hill won by disqualification. Elfstrum won in 3:45 and Ingalls also won in 2:48.

"We're decent in those middle weights," Jezioro said.

"Against a better team, it's tough to make up that many points with the forfeits we give up. We have to get more out of our lightweights."

The Wolves will now host Oswego today, Thursday, at 6 p.m. before heading to the Glenbard East Quad where they will face Richmond-Burton, Waubonsie Valley and Huntley.

"Oswego is opposite of us. They have some light guys who are pretty good. It's going to come down to who gets the most bonus points," Jezioro said.

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