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High school wrestling insider: Crystal Lake Central's Dillon Carlson is athlete of the week

Dillon Carlson
Dillon Carlson

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Dillon Carlson, Crystal Lake Central, fr., 113

Carlson started his high school wrestling career off with a bang, winning all three matches at the 2018 Chris Hruska Wrestling Classic at Conant over Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament included a number of ranked teams in Class 2A and 3A.

Carlson is off to a 4-0 start after also picking up a pin in the Tigers’ dual match season-opener against Jacobs on Thursday.

At the Hruska Classic, Carlson defeated Niles Notre Dame’s Matthew Poniatowski via pin (1:49) in his opening match. He topped Conant’s Anthony Fioravanti by decision, 5-0, in the semifinal. Carlson then beat Glenbard North’s Patrick Curran by decision, 9-2, in the final.

POWER RANKINGS

1. Huntley: The Red Raiders won their first two Fox Valley Conference duals and moved to 7-1 overall, with their only loss coming against fellow 2018 Class 3A dual state qualifier Glenbard North.

2. Marian Central: Marian won its first three dual matches at the Glenbard East Quad over the weekend. A week earlier, the Hurricanes took third out of 16 teams at the Ted DeRousse Invitational at Antioch.

3. Jacobs: The Golden Eagles secured a big-time victory against Crystal Lake Central, 39-34, in the FVC opener. They also beat McHenry in an FVC dual.

4. Crystal Lake Central: Despite the FVC-opening loss to Jacobs, Central turned in a strong showing at the Hruska Classic with its fifth-place finish out of 14 varsity teams.

5. Crystal Lake South: Off to a 4-1 start in dual matches, the Gators are 2-0 in the FVC after wins over Prairie Ridge and Hampshire. Ranked No. 25 in Class 2A, South’s only loss came against Class 3A opponent Leyden.

WORTH NOTING

Glenbard North’s revenge: Glenbard North's 31-30 win over Huntley gave the Panthers revenge after the Red Raiders defeated them, 35-31, in last season's Class 3A dual team state quarterfinals.

Glenbard North is currently ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, while Huntley is one spot behind it at No. 9.

Ranked No. 1: Crystal Lake South’s Christian Olsen (106, Class 2A), Marian Central’s Elon Rodriguez (113, 2A) and Huntley's David Ferrante (160, 3A) are all ranked No. 1 in their respective classes in the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association state rankings.

Rodriguez took first at the Ted DeRousse Invitational over Thanksgiving weekend. Olsen went 3-0 at the Leyden Quad last weekend. Ferrante had two first-period pins over the weekend at the Plainfield Central quad.

WHAT TO WATCH

Huntley at Crystal Lake South, 6 p.m. Friday: The Gators get their toughest FVC test. Huntley hasn’t lost an FVC match in more than two seasons.

Aurora Christian at Marian Central, 6 p.m. Monday: The defending Class 1A state champion heads to Woodstock to battle the Hurricanes.

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