Sunday, December 4, 2016

Naperville Central Sweep the Mega-Duals

NCHS 35 – St. Charles East 25
NCHS 43 – Rockton Hononegah 22
NCHS 56 – West Aurora 19

December 3, 2016

Naperville Central improved to 6-1 on the young season after sweeping the Mega-Duals held at West Aurora High School.  In the first match, the Redhawks defeated St. Charles East 35-25.  Starting at 145 pounds, NCHS won the first seven matches to go up 29-0 before SCE earned their first win.  The Hawks added to more victories to hold on for the win.  In the second dual, the Redhawks again jumped out to an early lead, earning a win by major decision and two pins to start up 16-0 against Hononegah.  Rockton answered with a major and two pins of their own in three of the next four matches to pull within 6 points, 22-16.  But NCHS won five of the final seven matches for the dual win.

In the final match of the day, the Redhawks defeated former DVC foe West Aurora by a score of 56-19.  In that matchup, NCHS won 11 matches, six by fall and one by forfeit.

The day was ruled by sophomore Jackson Punzel who earned all three of his victories by fall.  Christian Nussbaum was also undefeated and had two pins and a major decision.  Luke Russell continued his fine work from the top position.  We was 3-0 with two pins and a win by forfeit.  Kyle Guttosch, Jake Keating, and Derek McDaniel were each 3-0 as well.  Kyle had one fall while Jake had two.  Every varsity wrestler came away with at least one win.

The Naperville Central freshman wrestling team took 3rd place at the tough Lyons Tournament.  Tyler Driessens won the championship at 99 pounds.  The Redhawks sent 6 individual to the finals in the tournament.

Next up Naperville Central will host DVC duals on both Thursday and Friday nights this coming week.  NCHS takes on Neuqua Valley on Thursday and Metea Valley on Friday.  Wrestling starts at 5:30 with underlevels and varsity should begin around 6:30.  Then, NCHS travels to Hoffman Estates for the first varsity action of the year. 

Naperville Central Tops Glenbard North 43-19

December 2, 2016

NCHS defeated Glenbard North at GN by a score of 43-19.  Although not confirmed, we are told that this is the first defeat of GN in a DuPage Valley Conference dual in 18 years.

The action started at 170 pounds where Jackson Punzel bumped up to defeat Willman 7-5. Punzel overcame a 1-2 deficit going into the third period but racked up 6 points in the frame to win. Cam Palmer made the bump to 182 and won 6-0. Palmer scored a takedown in each of his three periods. Ben Cianchetti completed the trio that moved up a weight class as he competed at 195. Cianchetti scored a first period pin. 

At 220 pounds Christian Nussbaum earned four takedowns including two in the final 15 seconds of the match to win by major decision 12-4.  In perhaps the weirdest result of the night, Brad Catalano won by disqualification in the second period. His opponent was ejected for misconduct. That made the team score 22 to -3. 

Swinging down to the 106 pounds, Kyle Guttosch completed the sweep of the first six matches in the dual by winning with a fall.  Collin Baumgartner was defeated at 113 pounds and Mujtaba Ahmed lost his match at 120 pounds.  Senior Joe Lopez got the Redhawks back on track with a third period fall to put Hawks up 34-6.

With five matches left NCHS needed just one more win to ice the dual meet victory and Nick Keating did not disappoint.  His pin put the Redhawks over the top leading 40-6 and the score insurmountable.

Cade Wilke filled in at 138 as was defeated by Gomez.  The match of the night pitted Jake Keating against Assad.  Keating struck first with a takedown at the end of the first period to go up 2-0.  Keating added an escape in the second period, but Assad battled with a takedown to close the match to 3-2.  A late escape by Keating added a point, sending the match to the third period 4-2.  Keating on top burned off most of the clock and added three nearfall points as Assad was caught on his back attempting to escape.  Final score 7-2.

Glenbard North added two victories at the end of the dual as Derek McDaniel was defeated by a late takedown to lose by one and Luke Russell lost by major decision at 160 pounds.

The Naperville Central freshman team won their dual against Glenbard North by a score of 51-21.  GN won by JV1 and JV2 duals.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Naperville Launches 2016 Season with Two Wins

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Naperville Central launched their 2016-2017 wrestling season with two victories in three duals at home.  Central defeated Lane Tech 57-15, then lost to Batavia by a score of 40-33.  NCHS bounced back and won impressively against Downers Grove South by a score of 42-21.  DGS defeated Batavia earlier in the day.

Several Redhawks finished the day earning all three wins.  Leading the way was sophomores Luke Russell and Kyle Guttosch.  Both wrestlers scored three pins each.  Senior Jake Keating looked sharp in his three wins.  Jake scored two pins and one win by technical fall.  Jake gathered a total of 15 takedowns on the day.  Derek McDaniel earned three wins including an exciting overtime victory in his match against Downers Grove South.  Joe Lopez not only earned his first varsity win, but decided to win all three of his matches, one by fall.

Nick Keating finished 2-1 and helped the Hawks with both of his wins by pin.  Sophomore Colin Baumgarter earned his first two victories on the year, one at 106 and one at 113.  Seniors Christian Nussbaum and Brad Catalano also came away with two wins each.  Nussbaum won one of his matches by technical fall.  Catalano was awarded a penalty point when his opponent was caught stalling and squeezed out an exciting 2-1 win.  Cam Palmer earned his first varsity win at 170 pounds with a 4-1 win against DGS.  Palmer also won a match by forfeit.  Jackson Punzel scored a pin against Lane Tech.  Mujtaba Ahmed competed at 120 pounds but lost a couple of very close matches.

The NCHS JV1 team defeated all three of the teams they faced at home.  They beat Stagg, Batavia and Downers Grove South.  Top performer with Jacob Smitas who won all three matches by fall.

The NCHS Freshman/Sophomore team finished 3-1 and took 3rd place at the Plainfield South Super Duals.

Next up the Redhawks will compete in their first DVC contest of the year at Glenbard North on Friday, December 2nd.  All levels will compete with Freshman and JV2 duals starting at 5:30 and Varsity and JV1 duals beginning immediately after (around 6:45).  On Saturday, NCHS will compete at the “mega-duals” with the varsity competing at West Aurora, the JV1 competing at Wheaton Warrenville South and the JV2 competing at St. Charles East.  The Freshman will have a quad at Lyons Township High School.  All action on Saturday will start at 9:00