Athlete of the Week
Carter Miller, Woodstock North, So., 106 pounds
Miller won the 106-pound class at Harvard’s 51st Annual Sciacca/Holtfreter Tournament on Saturday with three pins. He spent a total of 4 minutes, 12 seconds on the mat to win the title.
“I never expect anything, I just take each match and try to do my best every single time,” Miller said. “I feel really good (about the season), a lot better than last year. I’m not giving up any weight this year. I’m just feeling really good.”
Northwest Herald Power Rankings
1. Huntley: The Red Raiders, No. 11 in the iwcoa.net rankings at 14-3, took on three of the state’s top-ranked Class 3A teams in their own quadrangular on Satuday and went 1-2. The Raiders beat No. 2 Marmion, 39-33, and lost to No. 4 Lockport, 44-27, and to No. 5 Mount Carmel, 35-24.
2. Crystal Lake Central: The Tigers (9-3) took on Washington in a dual between the state’s two top-ranked Class 2A teams and lost to the No. 1 Panthers, 48-27.
3. Marian Central: The Hurricanes (17-2) went 3-0 at the McHenry Quadrangular and are No. 10 in the state rankings. They beat McHenry, Lake Zurich and South Elgin in the quadrangular.
4. Prairie Ridge: The Wolves had three champions at the Harvard Tournament – Jace Sparks (126), Trey Piotrowski (138) and Drake Regenhardt (152) – and finished third as a team.
5. Harvard: The Hornets had two champs at their own tournament – Zack Bokowy (132) and Keenan Brummett (145) – and were fifth in the 16-team event.
Brotherly love: Piotrowski gave a lot of credit for his win to his brother, Travis, a sophomore who wrestles at Illinois and was home recently. The two worked out together and Trey said Travis helped him concentrate on moving his feet more.
After seeing the quote from his brother, Travis tweeted this: “This kid has the spotlight on him for winning a tournament and he talks about me helping him out. That’s a brother, but you earned it, Trey, so keep up the good work.”
Trey Piotrowski (14-4) is excited about what the rest of the season can hold.
“As of right now, I’m doing pretty good, but as the saying goes, ‘You have to peak in February,’ ” he said. “That’s what I hope to do.”
Glauser will move later: Richmond-Burton sophomore Jaden Glauser won the Harvard Tournament at 195 pounds and moved to 15-0. Glauser, who was fourth in Class 3A at 170 pounds last year at McHenry, plans to move down to 182 later in the season.
“I don’t think he’s where he needs to be yet, he’s a fantastic wrestler,” Rockets coach Tony Nelson said. “When he’s back down at 182 pounds, he’s going to move a little bit better. He’s not going to be carrying too much weight with these big guys. The best version of him is yet to come.”
Nelson likes that Glauser is seeing tougher competition against bigger wrestlers at 195 pounds.
“It’s just keeping me on the mat longer, better conditioning,” Glauser said. “It builds your confidence going into the state series at the end of the season, all that good stuff.”
What a tree: Crystal Lake Central coach Justen Lehr always finds his inner Clark Griswold, from "Christmas Vacation," this time of year. Lehr tries to see how big of a Christmas tree he can get in his house.
He used a trailer and three friends to get a 20-footer, with an estimated weight of 400 pounds, this year. Lehr proudly posted pictures later of the whopper tree. It was a little full and had a lot of sap, but it looked great.
What to Watch
Harlem Al Dvorak Tournament
Friday and Saturday, in Machesney Park
• Crystal Lake Central, Huntley and Jacobs are the three local teams competing in the tournament. Central is ranked among the state’s top Class 2A teams, Huntley is in the top 10 for 3A. Coaches regard the Dvorak as one of the best tournaments in the state.