ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Prairie Ridge, so., 170 pounds
Evans recorded two pins and a technical fall on his way to the 170-pound title at Glenbard West’s Chappell Invitational over the weekend.
Prairie Ridge won the event for the second year in a row. Evans was one of six Wolves to win individual titles, along with Jace Sparks (120), Trey Piotrowski (138), Drake Regenhardt (160), Kyle Koelblinger (182), Josh Crandall (195) and Calvin Pesina (220).
On Thursday, Evans pinned Jacobs’ Dillan Beatty in the 170-pound match of a 38-37 Prairie Ridge victory in Fox Valley Conference action.
Evans improved to 27-2 on the season with 19 pins. He was a Class 2A state qualifier last season at 160 as a freshman.
NORTHWEST HERALD POWER RANKINGS
1. Huntley: The Red Raiders went 3-3 at “The Clash” in Rochester, Minnesota, which featured some of the top teams in the Midwest. That included a win over Washington, the three-time defending IHSA Class 2A state champion, which is ranked No. 1 in 2A.
2. Marian Central: Marian finished second at Geneva’s 40th annual Jim Newbill Invitational. Dylan Connell (160) took first and earned the outstanding wrestler award. The Hurricanes remain unbeaten in duals at 15-0.
3. Crystal Lake South: The Gators improved to 15-4 with three more dual wins over the weekend. South also beat Dundee-Crown in FVC action last week.
4. Prairie Ridge: Finally healthy, Prairie Ridge has won six straight duals, along with the team title over the weekend at Glenbard West. The Wolves are now 10-4 in dual meets and 3-3 in the FVC.
5. Jacobs: The Golden Eagles finished third at Leyden’s Randy Conrad Invitational behind only Stevenson and Conant.
On a roll: Jacobs junior Jake Harrier (132) won another tournament last weekend, taking first place at the Randy Conrad Invitational. Harrier is 26-1 this season after his performance.
Last year, Harrier became Jacobs’ first IHSA state medalist since 2004 when he finished fifth at 120 in the Class 3A.
“He’s a technician,” Jacobs coach Gary Conrad said. “He has so many different moves and angles he can attack at. Never gets tired. He doesn’t look like much, but he’s really strong. It’s the mind thing more than anything else.”
Harrier defeated Leyden’s Daniel Uribe, 9-3, in the championship match at Glenbard West. Harrier is a team captain as a junior for the Golden Eagles. Conrad said Harrier lifts with him in the mornings.
“He’s got a really good head on his shoulders,” Conrad said. “He just earns it.”
Magic Man strikes again: Days after an impressive pin against Jacobs, Prairie Ridge 220-pounder Calvin Pesina – the "Magic Man," as his teammates have dubbed him – found a little more magic last weekend at Glenbard West.
In his championship bout against Elk Grove's DeVaughn Tillman, Pesina trailed by 10 points in the third period before he flipped the script again. Pesina pinned Tillman with 19 seconds remaining in the match for a stunning come-from-behind win.
"By now it’s just instinct," Pesina said last week after the Jacobs meet. "You can just work in, fill in where somebody is going to go."
WHAT TO WATCH
Crystal Lake Central at Crystal Lake South, 6 p.m. Thursday: Crosstown rivals square off in FVC action.
Huntley at DeKalb, 6 p.m. Friday: Two top-10 teams in Class 3A meet in a nonconference dual.