High school wrestling: Crystal Lake South's Christian Olsen is athlete of the week; rankings; notes

Christian Olsen
Christian Olsen

Athlete of the Week

Christian Olsen

Crystal Lake South, fr., 106

Olsen went 6-0 for the Gators at the 15th annual Don Flavin DeKalb Dual Wrestling Invitational over the weekend, improving his season record to 28-0.

He won four matches at 106 pounds via pins, including one pin in less than a minute. He also picked up two wins by forfeit. Sophomore teammate Peyton Timmons also went 6-0 on the weekend at 113 pounds.

South went 1-5 at the tournament.

Power rankings

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

Huntley finished sixth-place at the 30-team William “Red” Schmitt Tournament in Granite City and first among Illinois schools. Six Red Raiders won medals at the event.

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

Central has been off since the Al Dvorak Invitational finished up Dec. 23. The Tigers have two FVC matches and a quad at Waubonsie Valley this week.

3. Marian Central (22-2)

The Hurricanes collected dual match victories over Grayslake Central, Chicago Taft and Evanston on Saturday. Marian has not lost a dual match in nearly a month.

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

The Wolves were idle this week. They face Jacobs on Thursday and head to an invite at Glenbard West on Saturday.

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

North was another team that did not wrestle this week. The Thunder head to the Sycamore Invitational on Saturday.

Noteworthy

Field trip: After securing three dual match victories at a quad in Evanston, Marian Central took a team trip to Northwestern’s Midlands Championships, one of the top regular season Division I college wrestling tournaments in the country.

The Midlands, usually held at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston (which is undergoing renovations), were held at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates this year.

Young Gators: Even though South went 1-5 at DeKalb and hasn’t had its best season, the Gators are seeing improvement from their young squad.

Olsen still is unbeaten as a freshman, and Timmons (27-2) has put together a solid sophomore performance so far. Timmons called this his “best season” of all the 10 years he has wrestled.

South has only one senior on the roster, so the future looks bright.

“We’re a young team, and we’re going through some growing pains right now,” coach Ross Ryan said. “This could be a really talented team if we get everybody in the right spot and they start wrestling for each other and not for themselves.”

Pin machine: Huntley’s David Ferrante won the 160-pound bracket at the William “Red” Schmitt Tournament in Granite City, and he did it with seven pins in seven matches. Ferrante remains at the top of the Class 3A rankings at 160 pounds (he's No. 1 according to the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association and No. 3 according to Illinois Matmen).

Ferrante’s Huntley teammate Juan Quiroz took third at 170, and the Raiders' Zach Spencer finished third at 126.

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