Athlete of the Week
Crystal Lake Central, so.
Marsden was the top local wrestler at the Al Dvorak Memorial Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Harlem with a fourth-place finish at 170 pounds. It was the first tournament of the season in which Marsden did not finish atop the podium. He won the Chris Hruska Classic on Nov. 24 at Conant with pins in each of his four matches and the Mudge-McMorrow Invitational on Dec. 8 at Prospect. Marsden is 20-3.
Dvorak recap: Crystal Lake South’s Nick Gil and Nick Peters also placed at Dvorak and saw tough competition along the way.
Gil, who took fifth at 126 pounds, got to the quarterfinals before dropping a 9-6 decision against Montini’s Jordan Laster, who is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A by Illinoismatmen.com behind Richmond-Burton’s Cameron Kennedy. In the backdraw, Gil defeated Lincoln-Way Central’s Joey Nelson (honorable mention in 3A) with a 10-1 major decision in the quarterfinals but lost to Plainfield Central’s Nick Nasenberry, 5-4, in overtime. Nasenberry is ranked No. 4 at 132 and Gil (21-2) is No. 3 at 126.
At 138, Peters got pushed to the backdraw with an 8-4 loss to Lincoln-Way Central’s Robbie Mikenis, who is ranked No. 5 in 3A. Peters had overtime wins against honorable mention wrestlers Sam Andresen of Edwardsville and Marist’s Mike Sears.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Peters lost, 6-3, to Montini’s Chris Garcia and, 3-1, to Dakota’s Carver James in the seventh-place match. Garcia in 2A and James in 1A are both ranked No. 1. Peters (19-5) is ranked No. 11.
For the Tigers, Kyle Fugiel made it to the semifinals before placing fifth. Fugiel (20-4) is ranked No. 3in 2A.
In his first action of the season, Crystal Lake Central’s Mike Zelasco (4-2) took seventh at 160 and had wins against two honorable mention 3A wrestlers. He pinned Schaumburg’s Sadarriss Patterson and defeated Glenbard North’s Jimique Davis, 4-0.
FVC races: Midway through the Fox Valley Conference season, the division races have boiled down to two or three teams. McHenry and Cary-Grove are 2-0 in the Valley Division. The Warriors have wins against Dundee-Crown, 68-3, and Jacobs, 40-24, while the Trojans defeated Crystal Lake South, 42-20, and Huntley, 56-15. Huntley is 2-1, with wins against Prairie Ridge, 52-18, and South, 35-31.
In the Fox Division, Crystal Lake Central and Grayslake Central are 2-0. The Tigers have wins against Woodstock, 69-6, and an improved Woodstock North, 47-27. The Rams also have wins against the Blue Streaks, 63-9, and Thunder, 38-31.
Circle Jan. 3 for what could be the deciding matches in both division races – McHenry visits Cary-Grove, and Grayslake Central hosts the Tigers.
This week’s top meet
Berman Holiday Classic
9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday
Cary-Grove and Richmond-Burton compete at the multiteam event at Palatine.
– Rob Smithrsmith@shawmedia.com