It was an up and down weekend for the OPRF wrestling team as the Huskies fell to West Suburban (Silver) Conference rival Lyons Township 37-22 on Friday, and won 2-of-3 matches at its own quad on Saturday.
The Huskies defeated Notre Dame 52-17 and Addison Trail 63-9, but fell to Conant, a team they haven't beaten since 1988, 37-32 in the quad.
"It was a little disappointing to lose to Conant again, because we most certainly should have beaten them this time around," said OPRF head coach Mike Powell.
Not all was lost with the downfall to Conant. Five grapplers went undefeated on the day. Ellis Coleman is now undefeated at 10-0 in the 103-pound weight class. Ben Johnson (135), Weldon Rogers (140), Peter Lovaas (145) and Peter Kowalczuk (heavyweight) all went 3-0 on Saturday. Kowalczuk has yet to have an offensive point scored against him this season.
OPRF won six matches out of 14 against Lyons. Kowalczuk won 4-2 in double overtime, while Johnson won his match 7-4. Patrick Woulfe (189) used third period takedowns to win his match 8-6.
The Huskies continue conference play on Friday with a match against Glenbard West. The team travels to Plainfield Central for a tournament on the following Saturday.
"We've got some inexperienced guys who are being thrown into the fire," said Powell, "but I'm pleased with the progress that is being made. The older guys are kind of steering us along right now, and that's good."
Surprise, surprise for Fenwick
"We were in shock," said Fenwick head swim coach Dave Perry of the moment it was announced that his team had tied for first at the Stevenson Patriot Relays on Saturday. "We figured we had finished in fourth or fifth place."
Coming off a 110-76 win over defending State champ Evanston on Friday, Fenwick won five events at the tournament. The 400 medley relay team of Matt Meyer, Dan Wolak, Tom Parolin, and Pat Lloyd took first in 3:05.90.
Fenwick's Dave Meyer was a double winner in the dual meet against Evanston. Meyer won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.91 and the 500 freestyle in 5:04.53.
Friars grapple to fifth
Bob Barnhisal and Carmen Curio led the Fenwick wrestling team to a fifth place finish at the Hinsdale South Invitational on Saturday.
Barnhisal pinned Rich East's Garrett Gardner at 2:42 to win the 119-pound weight class. Curio won the heavyweight division by defeating Montini's David Lembas.
The Friars scored a total of 134 points, while Montini won the tournament with 255.5.
Huskies stay above water
Taylor Rasley swam away with OPRF's best finish in a quad meet at Barrington on Saturday. Rasley took first in the 100 backstroke with a time of :57.59, while the Huskies finished fourth with a score of 144. Barrington won the meet with a 426.
Greg Baycharov, who will soon miss much of the season to return to his homeland of Russia, took third in the 50 freestyle with a time of :23.38.