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High school wrestling insider: Jacobs' Jake Harrier is athlete of the week; power rankings and notes

Jacobs' Jake Harrier
Jacobs' Jake Harrier

Athlete of the Week

Jake Harrier

Jacobs, So., 120

Harrier was the runner-up in the 120-pound bracket at the 30th Al Dvorak Invitational at Harlem in Machesney Park on Saturday.

Harrier was a state qualifier last season for the Golden Eagles at 113 pounds. In the Dvorak championship match, he lost to Antoine Allen of La Salle (Ohio) High School, 3-1, in a sudden victory period.

Harrier improved his record to 21-2 with his performance at the tournament.

Power Rankings

1. Huntley (15-3, 4-0 FVC)

The Red Raiders earned third place at the Dvorak Invitational. Sam Spencer took third at 113, his brother Zach Spencer took third at 126 and Juan Quiroz finished third at 170. Justin Allen was fourth at 195.

2. Crystal Lake Central (11-3, 4-0 FVC)

The Tigers earned a victory over Harvard in a dual match last week. Central finished 18th as a team at the Dvorak Invitational. Liam O’Donnell (185) finished fifth in his class.

3. Marian Central (19-2)

Marian picked up wins over Harvard and Rochelle on Friday. The Hurricanes are in the midst of an eight-day break between matches. They will compete in a quad at Evanston on Saturday.

4. Prairie Ridge (7-3, 3-1 FVC)

Prairie Ridge got off to a slow start to the season, partially because a number of wrestlers were still playing with the football team in late November. The Wolves are on a roll now. They wrestle next against Jacobs on Jan. 4.

5. Woodstock North (16-5, 2-0 KRC)

The Thunder finished tied for sixth at Harvard’s Sciacca/Holtfreter Tournament just before the holidays and picked up a win over McHenry this week.

Noteworthy

Dvorak success: Huntley’s third-place finish at the prestigious Dvorak Invitational will open some eyes. The Red Raiders were the top finisher out of teams from Illinois. They finished one spot ahead of perennial Class 3A power Mt. Carmel.

Huntley is ranked in the top 10 in Class 3A by both Illinois Matmen and the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.

Crystal Lake Central (18th) and Jacobs (27th) were the only other local teams participating.

Injured brothers: Crystal Lake Central is finding success, even with two of their top wrestlers battered with injuries. Seamus O’Donnell has not wrestled yet this season after tearing his bicep just prior to football season.

His twin brother, Liam O’Donnell, has been battling through a torn ACL all season. The injuries to the brothers happened about a week apart. Liam suffered his injury during the first football game of the season.

“I had a conversation with his parents,” coach Justen Lehr said. “[They] said, ‘Just brace it up. It’s not like football where you don’t know where things are coming from.’ He’s wrestling really well too. He’s at 195 and he only weighs 184.”

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