Meet the 2019 Northwest Herald All-Area team.
Josh Glover, Marian Central, fr., 106 pounds
As a freshman, Glover wrestled on the biggest stage, losing the Class 2A 106-pound state championship match to Bloomington’s Chad Bellis, 9-1. Glover went 44-10 and helped the Hurricanes take home a third-place trophy at the Class 2A dual team state finals.
Christian Olsen, Crystal Lake South, so., 113
Olsen became South’s second wrestling champion in school history and first since Eric Barone in 2015. He is now a two-time state medalist. He finished the season 39-1 and won the Class 2A 113-pound title match with a 12-3 major decision against Oak Forest’s Miles Trahey.
Elon Rodriguez, Marian Central, so., 113
One of four state medalists for the Hurricanes, Rodriguez finished fifth in the state at 113 in Class 2A. He went 48-7 this season with 26 pins, winning all three of his matches at the dual team state finals.
Sam Spencer, Huntley, jr., 126
Spencer came up short of a medal in Class 3A, but he was in a loaded weight class with five returning state medalists, including Spencer. He lost his blood-round match, 1-0, to Oak Park-River Forest’s Joshua Ogunsanya. Spencer (42-6) was a regional champion and a sectional runner-up.
Peyton Timmons, Crystal Lake South, jr., 126
Timmons’ 34-4 record speaks for itself. Although he didn’t medal at state, he was a regional and sectional champion, and his state quarterfinal loss came against the eventual state runner-up. Timmons is now a two-time state qualifier.
Jake Harrier, Jacobs, jr., 132
Harrier lost a blood-round match, 3-1, narrowly missing out on a medal in Class 3A. The three-time state qualifier still put together a 42-4 record and proved to be a consistent performer for the Golden Eagles all season.
Daniel Valeria, Marian Central., jr., 132
An elbow injury cut Valeria’s third-place match short at state. Still, he was a fourth-place medalist and a regional and sectional champion. Unfortunately for Valeria, the injury caused him to miss dual team state. He went 33-9 this season.
Trey Piotrowski, Prairie Ridge, sr., 138
Now a three-time state medalist, Piotrowski ended his illustrious Wolves career with a fifth-place medal in Class 2A. A mainstay for the Prairie Ridge lineup over the course of his career, Piotrowski finished his senior season 36-8. He will continue his wrestling career at Illinois.
Caden Ernd, Crystal Lake Central, so., 152
Ernd lost his blood-round match at state by a 3-2 decision, missing out on a Class 2A state medal by one point. He was a regional and a sectional champion, and finished his sophomore season 34-7.
Gannon Kosowski, Huntley, sr., 152
The Huntley senior is a two-time Class 3A state qualifier. He suffered a fractured ankle at state and took an injury forfeit in the quarterfinal match. He also missed Huntley’s dual team sectional meet. Still, he went 35-12 for the season and was a 3A sectional runner-up.
Dylan Connell, Marian Central, so., 160
Two years, two titles. Connell won his second Class 2A state championship at 160 after earning the 152-pound title as a freshman. Connell never has lost a match in the individual state tournament at regionals, sectionals or state. He finished 50-2 this season with 29 pins.
David Ferrante, Huntley, jr., 170
Ferrante dominated the 170-pound bracket in the Class 3A state tournament. He won all four matches at state with either a pin or a major decision. The Northwestern commit is Huntley’s first wrestling state champion and earned the 2019 Northwest Herald Wrestler of the Year award. He went 46-2 and celebrated his state title pin with a cartwheel across the mat.
Brock Montford, Crystal Lake Central, sr., 182
Between the end of his sophomore season and the start of his senior season, Montford bulked up from 113 points to 182. He took his lumps at 145 as a junior but rebounded with a strong senior season, finishing with a 35-7 record and 2A state runner-up medal.
Justin Peake, Johnsburg, jr., 182
Peake became the Skyhawks' first state medalist in four years after he took third in the Class 1A 182-pound bracket. The junior went 40-4, tying the school record for wins in a season, and had an early lead in the state semifinal match before suffering a 6-2 defeat.
Dillon Carlson, Crystal Lake Central, fr., 113
Nik Jimenez, Harvard, fr., 120
Jace Sparks, Prairie Ridge, sr., 120
Andrew Lira, Huntley, so., 132
Brody Hallin, McHenry, fr., 138
Jeremy Jakowitsch, Huntley, so., 138
Bryce Shelton, Marian Central, so., 138
John Ridle, Jacobs, sr., 145
Kaden Randazzo, Marian Central, so., 152
Tommy Evans, Prairie Ridge, so., 170
Kyle Koelblinger, Prairie Ridge, jr., 182
Josh Crandall, Prairie Ridge, jr., 195
Jason Burburija, Crystal Lake South, jr., 220
Thor Paglialong, Marian Central, sr., 285
Bryce Fiegel, Harvard, so., 106
Jake Jensen, Huntley fr., 106
Justin Peters, Jacobs, sr., 120
Christian Rivero, Hampshire, sr., 120
Jake Doyle, Marengo, jr., 132
Charlie Gruen, Cary-Grove, jr., 132
Brad Wizceb, Johnsburg, so., 132
Chase Duncan, Richmond-Burton, sr., 138
Gabriel Scales, Dundee-Crown, jr., 138
Cooper Adams, Woodstock, so., 145
Cameron Miller, Marengo, sr., 145
Joaquin Miranda, Huntley, fr., 145
Colin Mays, Dundee-Crown, sr., 152
Drake Regenhardt, Prairie Ridge, sr., 152
Ethan Shedbalkar, Johnsburg, jr., 152
Dominic Tenayuca, Jacobs, sr., 152
Brenden Parks, Crystal Lake Central, jr., 160
Brad Peters, Cary-Grove, jr., 160
Dalton Wood, Richmond-Burton, jr., 160
Stephen Bushy, Crystal Lake Central, sr., 170
Brock Wood, Richmond-Burton, fr., 170
Jimmy Moore, Crystal Lake South, sr., 182
Ryan Golnick, Jacobs, so., 195
Aj Henkle, Huntley, sr., 195
Calvin Pesina, Prairie Ridge, sr., 220
Mason Schwalbach, Marian Central, so., 220
Nik Wise, Huntley, sr., 220
Sean Jaco, Woodstock North, jr., 285