Wrestling: Joliet all-area team stacked with talent

Story Image Trayvon Zabala, Joliet Central 113-pounder. Supplied photo, 2012
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Updated: March 1, 2012 6:21PM



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

Three of our teams reached the state quarterfinals. Six of our individuals won state titles. The number of state medalists easily eclipsed double digits.

That’s why, in picking a starting lineup of the area’s best — one in each weight class — little came easily.

Some real studs didn’t, you’ll pardon the expression, make weight. But we put together a 2012 Herald-News All-Area Wrestling Team that could take to the mats with anybody.

106

Brian Rossi, Lockport: The Porters sophomore took third in Class 3A and had a 46-5 record. He won sectional, regional and Lake Park titles, was second at the Cheesehead, took third at the SouthWest Suburban and was fourth at the Dvorak.

113

Trayvon Zabala, Joliet Central: The Steelmen junior took third in Class 3A for his second state medal and had a 36-3 record. He won sectional, regional, SouthWest Suburban, Lincoln and Pontiac titles.

120

Nick Nasenbeny, Plainfield Central: The Wildcats sophomore finished fourth in Class 3A for his second state medal and had a 36-8 record. He won sectional, regional and Southwest Prairie titles, took third at the Cheesehead and fourth at Barrington.

126

Eddie Klimara, Providence: The Celtics senior went 43-1 and captured his second 3A state title. That resume was enough to leave Plainfield Central’s Nathan Davis (second in 3A) and Wilmington’s Trent Lyons (second in 1A) on the outside looking in. Klimara also won sectional, regional, Catholic League, Geneseo, Dvorak and Conant titles, and finished his career at 159-5.

132

Robbie Mikenis, Lincoln-Way Central: The Knights junior was sixth in Class 3A and had a 29-8 record. He won regional, Batavia and Hoffman Estates titles and was second at the sectional and SouthWest Suburban. He rates the nod, however slight, over Class 1A runner-up Andy Rodawold, of Wilmington.

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.

145

Corbett Oughton, Minooka: The Indians junior finished fourth in Class 3A and had a 43-6 record. He won sectional, regional, Southwest Prairie, Oak Park River Forest and Sycamore titles and took third at Granite City.

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 in a dominating season that was enough to outshine another state champ, Billy Chancey, of 1A Reed-Custer.

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Jake Residori, Minooka: The Indians senior captured his first championship and third state medal in Class 3A and had a 47-2 record. He won sectional, regional, Southwest Prairie, Oak Park River Forest and Sycamore titles and was second at Granite City. Eric Kirkman, of Lemont, was second in Class 2A and runner-up here to Residori.

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Jordan Ellingwood, Plainfield Central: The Wildcats junior took third in Class 3A and had a 43-5 record. He won regional, Southwest Prairie and Barrington titles, was second at the sectional and took third at the Cheesehead and Dvorak.

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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

Greg Cameron, Plainfield Central: The Wildcats senior was sixth in Class 3A and had a 34-15 record. He won Southwest Prairie and Barrington titles and placed fourth at the Cheesehead and Dvorak.

285

Rob Bain, Bolingbrook: The Raiders senior was second in Class 3A and had a 26-1 record. He won sectional, regional, SouthWest Suburban and Dvorak titles.

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