Wrestling: Picking Southland all-area lineup a weighty task

Story Image Eddie Klimara, Providence 126-pounder. Supplied 2012
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Updated: March 1, 2012 6:16PM



Try filling out a lineup card of wrestlers from the Southland without offending anyone. We dare you.

The SouthtownStar circulation area is as deep and tradition-rich in wrestling talent as any in the state.

One of our teams, Sandburg, was the large-school state champion. Another, Lemont, advanced 10 wrestlers to the individual state tourney. Six individuals won state gold.

Picking one wrestler to represent the area in each of 14 weight classes was a daunting task. Five Southland wrestlers who reached state championship matches couldn’t, you’ll pardon the expression, make weight.

But we put together a 2012 SouthtownStar All-Area Wrestling Team that could take to the mats with anybody.

106

Kris Williams, Thornton: The Wildcats freshman captured his first championship in Class 3A and had a 21-2 record. He won the SouthWest Suburban title and was second at the sectional and regional. He edged out 2A runner-up Nkosi Moody, of Rich Central.

113

Mark Duda, Marist: The RedHawks sophomore was second in Class 3A for his second state medal and had a 36-3 record. He won sectional, regional, East Suburban Catholic and Lincoln-Way East titles and was third at the Dvorak.

120

Sebastian Pique, Sandburg: The Eagles junior took second in Class 3A for his second state medal and had a 43-4 record for the dual team champions. He won sectional, regional, SouthWest Suburban and Wheeling titles and was second at Hinsdale Central.

126

Eddie Klimara, Providence: The Celtics senior captured his second championship and fourth state medal in Class 3A and had a 43-1 record. He won sectional, regional, Chicago Catholic, Geneseo, Dvorak and Conant titles.

132

Mike Mizaur, Mount Carmel: The Caravan senior took third in Class 3A and had a 37-6 record. He won sectional, regional and Prospect titles and was second in the Catholic League.

138

Kyle Langenderfer, Lincoln-Way East: The Griffins junior captured his first championship and third state medal in Class 3A and had a 42-2 record. He won sectional, regional, SouthWest Suburban and Lincoln-Way East titles and was second at Palatine and Stagg. St. Rita’s Tim Corse, beaten 5-4 by Langenderfer for the 3A title, was edged again here.

145

Kevin Moylan, Stagg: The Chargers senior captured his first championship and second state medal in Class 3A and had a 45-1 record. He won regional, SouthWest Suburban, Geneseo and Stagg titles and took third in the sectional. Mount Carmel’s Bryce Brill, who beat Moylan in the sectional but lost the rematch for the state title, misses out by the slimmest of margins.

152

Jake Kaminsky, Lemont: The Indians senior was second in Class 2A and had a 43-4 record. He won sectional, regional, South Suburban and Batavia titles and took third at Palatine and Hinsdale Central.

160

Shaun’Qae McMurtry, Lockport: The Porters senior captured his first championship and third state medal in Class 3A and had a 47-1 record. He won sectional, regional, SouthWest Suburban, Cheesehead, Dvorak and Lake Park titles.

170

Ricky Robertson, Sandburg: The Eagles junior took second in Class 3A and had a 47-1 record for the dual team champions. He won sectional, regional, SouthWest Suburban, Hinsdale Central and Wheeling titles. The toughest weight class in the area also included the 2A state champion (Marian’s Nathan Jackson) and runner-up (Lemont’s Eric Kirkman).

182

Chris Giatras, Lemont: The Indians junior finished fifth in Class 2A and had a 40-6 record. He won sectional, regional, South Suburban and Batavia titles and was second at Palatine and Hinsdale Central.

195

Brad Johnson, Lockport: The Porters senior captured his second championship and third state medal in Class 3A and had a 39-0 record. He won sectional, regional, Cheesehead, Dvorak and Lake Park titles.

220

David Denne, Mount Carmel: The Caravan junior finished fourth in Class 3A and had a 25-8 record. He won sectional, regional and Prospect titles and was second at the Catholic League.

285

Josh Hickey, Marist: The RedHawks junior was sixth in Class 3A and had a 36-11 record. He won regional, East Suburban Catholic and Lincoln-Way East titles, took third at the sectional and placed fourth at the Dvorak.

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