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Oswego wrestlers clinch 38-25 win over Oswego East

by Kristin Sharp


The Oswego and Oswego East wrestling teams had overlapping schedules over the previous week, with the District 308 teams sharing the mat in a Southwest Prairie Conference dual meet last Thursday.

Although the Panthers won five bouts to the Wolves' six, Oswego East gave up 18 forfeit points at 106, 113 and 120 as Oswego clinched the 38-25 victory.

With the win, the Panthers (3-11) move to 1-2 in conference, with the Wolves moving to 1-2 with their first conference loss. Oswego East is now 7-10 in dual action, even with consistent forfeits in its lower weights.

"It's tough to beat teams when you give them free points," Oswego East head coach Mike Jezioro said. "We've talked about winning big and losing small, but when it comes down to it and you give decent teams 12 to 18 points, it turns more into the individual aspect and getting the most out of each guy and looking at how we're progressing meet to meet and not about the team score."

The conference dual started at 220, and Oswego East junior Ryan Ingalls won a 6-5 decision over Oswego junior CJ Brown before Oswego East senior Steve McMahon clinched a 3-1 decision over Panther senior Blake Patton to give the Wolves a 6-0 lead.

Three forfeits put Oswego ahead 18-6, and Oswego won the next five to take a 38-6 lead on the Wolves. At 126, Oswego sophomore Blake Huffmon won an 11-7 decision over sophomore Arturo Delacruz, and at 132, Oswego junior Jack Pradel returned to the mat from an earlier injury and pinned senior Jason Fountain in 55 seconds.

Oswego senior Nick Aguirre battled to a 1-0 decision over freshman Andrew Okayama at 138.

At 145, Oswego senior Kushtrim Balazi won a 2-1 decision over senior Mason Miller and Oswego senior Nick Aguirre pinned pinned junior Isaiah Contreras at the 3:15 mark at 152.

"It was Jack's first match back so it was good to get him back out onto the mat. We had a tough lineup going on and they did a nice job. We battled and scored some bonus points," Cook said. "(Andrew) Okayama definitely has a bright future ahead of him. He wrestled Nick well and they both struggled against each other. It was definitely a good match."

The tables turned at 160, with Oswego East senior CeCe Schaeffer winning a 9-3 decision over sophomore Victor Aguirre while Oswego East freshman Kendall Elfstrum pinned senior Andrew Gillingham at the 5:05 mark at 170. Oswego East senior Joey Torres won by fall at 182, pinning senior Michael Salamone at the 3:50 mark.

Oswego East junior Dan Moran closed out the night with a 13-4 major decision over junior Charlie Kirkwood at 195.

"Our upper weights have been solid for us all year and continue to do what we ask them to do. Joey Torres got another pin for us and Ryan Ingalls won a real tight match against a quality 220-pounder," Jezioro said.

Although they did not meet on the mat, Oswego and Oswego East both traveled to the Glenbard East Mega Dual. The Panthers came away with a 2-1 finish, falling to Glenbard East 48-21 before defeating Huntley (43-21) and Richmond-Burton (54-21).

"We wrestled OK," Cook said. "We were battling a lot more this weekend than we have previously, which is good. We weren't giving up points in matches and working on our defense a whole lot more. That was good to see. We concentrated on that a lot in the past week at practice and it paid off."

Against Glenbard East, junior Andrew McFall won a 9-5 decision at 120 and Nick Aguirre won a 5-2 decision at 145 while Victor Aguirre pinned his opponent in 2:15. Brown won a 20-16 decision at 220.

McFall was once again successful against Huntley, winning in 3:05, while Nick Aguirre won a 16-4 major decision, junior Arian Osmani won a 5-3 decision at 195 and Brown won a 3-1 decision.

Richmond-Burton forfeited eight weight classes, and Oswego won one other weight class as Balazi pinned his 138-pound opponent tin 1:11.

Oswego will make its debut in the Glenbrook South Russ Erb Tournament Friday and Saturday.

"We've never been there and I don't really know anything about the teams that will be there. There's tough teams there and tough individuals and we look forward to that challenge," Cook said. "It's going to be a dogfight and it'll be good to see how the guys compete because this is all in preparation for regionals, sectionals and state."

Oswego will follow up with a second tournament this month, returning to the two-day Berman Classic in Palatine Dec. 27-28.

"It'll be a learning year for us to see how the schedule works out," Cook said. "So far, I like how our schedule is ran and we've wrestled a lot of tough teams. I think we're going to like the way our tournament schedule is, which is a lot better than last year. They were really spread out last year."

For Oswego East, the Wolves opened the day at Glenbard East with a 28-18 win over Richmond-Burton. Okayama won by pin in 2:39, Elfstrum won by pin in 4:42 and senior Anthony Bryson won an 8-0 major decision at 182.

The Wolves lost to Waubonsie Valley, 37-29. Miller won by pin in 49 seconds, Elfstrum won by pin in 5:30 and Moran won by pin in 2:24.

Oswego East also dropped a 39-27 dual to Huntley in the second meeting between teams this winter. Okayama won a 2-1 decision, junior J ake Shea won a 7-2 decision at 170, Moran won by pin in 1:16, Ingalls won by pin in 3:03 and McMahon won a 5-0 decision.

"Richmond was a little short-handed, but they have a returning state champ on their team so they definitely know how to wrestle," Jezioro said. "We battled with Waubonsie Valley, but Waubonsie is a tough team. We saw Huntley again and made the score a little closer this time, but we wanted to flip the score."

Oswego East will wrestle at York for the first time, accepting an invitation from former Oswego East assistant athletic director Ron Murphy, who is now the athletic director at York. The teams will meet on Friday at 6 p.m.

"Murphy called me up in the fall and asked if we wanted to wrestle. They're usually pretty good. When I used to coach at Glenbard East, we'd wrestle them every year and they run a good program," Jezioro said.

On Saturday, Oswego East will enter its first tournament of the year, returning to Lake Park's Krupke Invite at 9 a.m. The team will then take a weeklong break before the Downers Grove South Quad on Dec. 28.

"It'll be nice not to have to worry about dual meet scores and nice to let the individuals go out there and see how they respond to an individual-style tournament," Jezioro said.

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