CRYSTAL LAKE – After about five months without live competition, Crystal Lake South’s Christian Olsen finally returned to the wrestling mat after July knee surgery. Olsen, a state champion at 113 pounds in Class 2A in February, made his return in front of the Gators’ home crowd Friday against Huntley.
Then Huntley’s Jake Jensen stole the show.
Jensen defeated Olsen, 4-2, in the 113-pound match. He helped Huntley secure a 49-27 win in a Fox Valley Conference dual.
“It was a lot of fun,” Jensen said. “I’ve always wanted to beat him. I know he’s not 100%, but it felt really good to go out there."
Months of inactivity are bound to affect a wrestler, even a state champ. Olsen needed multiple stoppages because his left calf kept cramping. The South crowd held its breath the first time he reached for his left leg because the cramps were happening in the same leg he injured his knee.
But Olsen’s knee is healthy, even if he’s not in midseason shape yet. Jensen, a sophomore, was a state qualifier at 106 in Class 3A as a freshman.
“Christian’s obviously a state champ,” Huntley coach B.J. Bertelsman said. “Obviously, he wasn’t all into it, his body. We hope he gets better, but Jake’s going to be like that all year long. He’s going to keep coming after people.”
Jensen said he faced Olsen between five and eight times as a youth wrestler and never won. This was their first matchup at the varsity level.
Olsen led, 2-1, after two periods. He was called for stalling twice, leading to a point each for Jensen. Olsen voluntarily surrendered another point to begin in neutral position.
“Jake Jensen, that’s the belief I’m talking about,” South coach Ross Ryan said. “That kid, unfortunately, it was on the wrong side of the card for us, but that kid believed. That’s all it takes.”
The other state champ in the lineup, Huntley’s David Ferrante, needed only 36 seconds to pin Erick Gonzalez at 182. Huntley (9-1, 4-0 FVC) showed yet again why it is the three-time defending FVC champion.
Huntley’s Sam Spencer (126), Rumyr Sobrepena (152), Rukkus Hunkins (170), Ryder Hunkins (195) and Josh Cornett (220) all won via pin. Sam Henkle (120) and Andrew Lira (138) won by technical fall.
South (2-4, 2-1 FVC) had pins from Aidan Kitchen (132), Peyton Timmons (145) and Zach Lowe (285). Amador Castro (106) won by decision, and Shane Moran (160) won by technical fall.
The night’s other marquee matchup was Timmons’ pin against Jeremy Jakowitsch at 145. Both are returning state qualifiers. They were scoreless after two periods before South’s Timmons finally pinned Jakowitsch in the last 30 seconds.
“Jeremy’s a great kid, awesome wrestler," Timmons said. "I just got in a good position, caught him, and I was able to get the pin."
STAR OF THE MEET
Jake Jensen, Huntley, so., 113
Jensen defeated defending Class 2A 113-pound state champion Christian Olsen, 4-2.
2: Huntley was without two usual starters. Joaquin Miranda is trying to cut weight to 152, and Matt Burba (285) is at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl football game.
AND ANOTHER THING …
“A lot of these kids on [South] are young,” Huntley coach B.J. Bertelsman said. “I think they’re still young and obviously going to get better. They’re a team that I told the guys, don’t take lightly.”
Huntley 49, Crystal Lake South 27
106: Castro (CLS) def. Rogala (Hunt), 11-1.
113: Jensen (Hunt) def. Olsen (CLS), 4-2.
120: Henkle (Hunt) tech. fall Laurie (CLS), 16-0.
126: Spencer (Hunt) p. Sadler (CLS), 1:21.
132: A. Kitchen (CLS) p. Le (Hunt), 3:29.
138: Lira (Hunt) tech. fall Z. Kitchen (CLS), 16-1.
145: Timmons (CLS) p. Jakowitsch (Hunt), 5:36.
152: Sobrepena (Hunt) p. Moore (CLS), 1:19.
160: Moran (CLS) tech. fall Coleman (Hunt), 16-0.
170: Ru. Hunkins (Hunt) p. Silvertsen (CLS), :55.
182: Ferrante (Hunt) p. Gonzalez (CLS), :36.
195: Ry.Hunkins (Hunt) p. Burke (CLS), 34.
220: Cornett (Hunt) p. Compere (CLS), 1:51.
285: Lowe (CLS) p. Skoupas (Hunt) 3:06.