Sunday, March 1, 2020

Naperville Central Wrestling Awards Banquet

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Naperville High School wrestling team celebrated their 2019-2020 accomplishments at the annual award banquet.  There was quite a bit to celebrate!

1.      Memories from a fantastic 2019-2020 wrestling season

Varsity Accomplishments
  • 22-5, (4-1 in DVC): 2nd in duals DVC, 2nd in DVC tournament
  • 1st at Hoffman Estates, 1st at the M-S Invitational, 6th at DeKalb and 1st at Regionals, the first championship since 2012
  • Had 6 conference champs (a record)
  • qualified 12 wrestlers for the sectional tournament (a record)
  • had 3 state qualifiers

Underlevels Accomplishments
  • JV1 finished 2nd place in DVC, JV2 finished 1st place in DVC
  • JV1 was 16-5 in duals, 1st at Streamwood, 2nd at Libertyville, 4th at Bolingbrook
  • F/S and JV2 was 19-0 in duals, 1st at Plainfield South F/S, 3rd at Maine South F/S, 1st and 4th at NCHS JV2, 1st at Oswego F/S
  • Freshman (only) was 6-0 in duals, 4th at Lyons Township, 3rd at Hinsdale South
2.     Awards
  • Iron Man Award: Adrian Alvarado (2), Sean Bakos, Bryce Cooperkawa, Tyler Driessens (3), Angelo Eklou (2), Dan FitzGerald, Ethan Jones (3), Sean King (3), Philip Marrero, Austin Nesci, Tommy Porter (2), Chris Ramirez, Tariq Sikander (3), Ryan Silva (3)
  • Manager Recognition: Statistics, table help: Sophie Gonzalez, Mimi Roberts, Kayla (Spike) Tomichewitz, Emma Yang, and Myranda Gonzalez
  • Managers / Helpers: Jeff, Bonomo, Will Damge, Leo Keating
  • Academic All-Conference: BRYCE COOPERKAWA, CARSON ENFIELD, SEAN KING, TARIQ SIKANDER, ETHAN JONES, AYDEN LUTES, TOMMY PORTER
  • Captains: TYLER DRIESSENS, RYAN SILVA, ANGELO EKLOU
  • Sectional Qualifiers: ETHAN OLSON, TOMMY PORTER, TYLER DRIESSENS, ELRIN ESPORLAS, BRYCE COOPERKAWA, AYDEN LUTES, RYAN SILVA, SEAN KING, SHANE ROTH, TARIQ SIKANDER, ANGELO EKLOU, CARSON ENFIELD
  • State Qualifiers: TYLER DRIESSENS, RYAN SILVA, ANGELO EKLOU
  • All Conference: ETHAN OLSON, TYLER DRIESSENS, SHANE ROTH, RYAN SILVA, ANGELO EKLOU
Special Awards
  • Most Valuable: TYLER DRIESSENS
  • Hardest Worker: TYLER DRIESSENS
  • Most Inspirational: RYAN SILVA
  • Most Improved Award: SEAN KING
  • Freshman Wrestler of the year: GAVIN BOHAN
  • JV wrestler of the year: AUSTIN NESCI
  • Red and White winner: RYAN SILVA

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Naperville Central defeated at IHSA Dual Sectional


February 25, 2020

Naperville Central 28 - Chicago Mt. Carmel 47

Naperville Central’s 2019-2020 season came to a close after being defeated by Chicago Mt. Carmel at the IHSA Dual Sectional.  The dual was contested at Sandburg High School.  Mt. Carmel was ranked 2nd by IWCOA state rankings and 21 nationally by Intermat.  Naperville Central was ranked 12th in the state.  NCHS won 5 of the 14 matches.  Central finished with a dual meet record of 22-5.  Host Sandburg defeated Oak Park and River Forest in the adjoining dual.  Mt. Carmel and Sandburg advance to Dual State (State Quarterfinals) to be competed in Bloomington this Saturday, February 29th.  They will wrestle Minooka. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Naperville Central Competes at IHSA Individual State


February 20-22, 2020

Tyler Driessens entered the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois as a two time state qualifier.  Driessens battled Ronon Schuelke of Glenbard North in the opening round of the Class AAA tournament at 120 pounds and lost by decision 2-1.  In the wrestle-backs, Driessens faced off against Nuerater of Lake Zurich.  Nuerater opened the scoring with a takedown but, with just four seconds left in the first period, Driessens scored a reversal to tie the score 2-2.  In period two, Driessens picked the down position and scored an escape in just 16 seconds.  A Nuerater takedown attempt was countered by Driessens and the Redhawk rolled through with a cut-back to score a takedown and three point nearfall to take a 8-2 lead out of the second period.  Driessens then turned the Lake Zurich wrestler and locked down the fall at 3:33.  It was the 41st win for the senior captain.  In round two of the wrestle-backs, Driessens had a rematch with Colton Drousias of Mt. Carmel.  Drousias, a returning state champion was able to defeat Driessens by major decision 12-3, ending the tournament for Driessens.  Colton Drousias finished in third place.

Senior Angelo Eklou, a first time state qualifier, entered the 220 pound weight class against the number one ranked wrestler in the tournament, Ryan Golnick of Jacobs.  The opening period saw no scoring.  In period two, Eklou scored an escape and drew a stalling call against Golnick.  Then Eklou scored a takedown midway through the period.  Golnick countered with an escape and takedown to tie the score 3-3 out of the second period.  The third period proved to be the deciding frame as Golnick scored an escape and takedown make the score 6-3.  Eklou attempted a shoulder roll to escape, but was caught temporarily on his back, giving up a two point nearfall for the deciding score of 8-3.  In the wrestle-backs, Eklou squared off against Gus Salah of Tinley Park Andrew.  Eklou scored on a single leg takedown in the first period.  The Eklou capitalized on the top position and locked down the fall with 10 second left in the opening frame for the win.  The victory moved the senior’s record to 34-9 on the year.  In the second wrestle-back round Eklou faced #2 ranked Gio Jackson of Buffalo Grove.  Most of the scoring happened in the second period as Jackson scored an escape and two takedowns to take a commanding 5-1 lead.  Eklou scored an escape in the third period, but was unable to score further, losing 5-2.  Gio Jackson ended up as the 5th place finisher in state.

Ryan Silva earned time on the floor of the State Farm Center at 152 pounds.  The senior was paired with Jimmy Pierendozzi of Plainfield South in the preliminary round.  Pierendozzi won the match by technical fall 18-3.  The Plainfield wrestler ended up in the championship match of the tournament.  In the wrestle-back match, Silva fought Jake Matthews of Addison Trail.  Matthews scored a fall at 2:56, ending the day for Silva.

Next up the Redhawks will reunite their dual team squad and compete in the IHSA Dual Sectionals against Chicago Mt. Carmel.  The match will take place at Sandburg High School on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 with action starting at 6:00pm.  The winning team will advance to IHSA Dual State as one of the top eight teams in state.  Dual State will be wrestled on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in Bloomington.  Silva’s record is now 34-10 on the season.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Naperville Central Qualifies 3 to IHSA Individual State


Twelve NCHS Wrestlers Battle at Sectionals

February 14 – 15, 2020                                                   

Angelo Eklou, 220 2nd Place
Tyler Driessens, 120 3rd Place
Ryan Silva, 152 4th Place

Naperville Central competed with a record twelve participants at the IHSA Sectional Wrestling Tournament held at Hinsdale Central High School.  Top four finishers qualify for the IHSA State Tournament in Champaign next weekend and three Redhawks were able to qualify, all seniors.  NCHS won 21 matches out of 43 competed.

Angelo Eklou (220) entered the tournament as a Regional Champion and made good use of his spot in the sectional bracket.  In the quarterfinals, Eklou pinned Liberatore of Marist and then punched his ticket to state by pinning Anderson of St. Rita in the semifinals.  In the sectional, Elkou lost a decision to Zimmer of Sandburg. 

Tyler Driessens (120) scored a 9-1 decision against Nugent of Downers Grove South to push his way to the semifinals.  There he battled #1 ranked Colton Drousias of Mt. Carmel.  Driessens suffered a 4-13 loss, but then won in the blood round (consolation semifinals) against Perez of Hinsdale Central to become a two-time state qualifier.  Driessens finish the tournament defeating Dunlap of Marist to bring home the bronze medal.

Ryan Silva accomplished his goal of becoming state qualifier after defeating Bettiga of Lyons Township in the blood round by a score of 4-1.  The senior find his name on the state qualifier board.  Silva won on day one of the competition, scoring a 8-4 decision to Boland of Marist to make the semifinals.  Silva lost the rematch to Boland in the third place match.