Freshman Zev Koransky is off to a successful start for the Oak Park and River Forest High School wrestling team.
One of his few losses Saturday especially shows his bright future.
Koransky’s defeat came in the 113-pound championship match of Hinsdale Central’s prestigious Rex Whitlatch Invitational.
“I think it’s always good to lose sometimes, just to gauge where you’re at, know what you need to work on,” said Koransky, now 15-2 overall. “If you’re always rolling through every match, you don’t know.”
Sophomore Joseph Knackstedt (16-3 at 132) and freshman David Ogunsanya (14-4 at 126) finished fourth and senior Kole Sneed (7-12 at 220) finished eighth. The Huskies (83 points) were 16th among the 25 teams.
For the younger Huskies, this was their first major invitational. The Huskies missed last season’s Whitlatch because of COVID-19.
“It was good to be here, see some really good competition,” Knackstedt said. “It was kind of good to see where we’re at individually and less as a team.”
In his championship final, Koransky (15-2 at 113) lost to Sandburg sophomore Madden Parker (16-1) by technical fall in 4:23 (17-0). Parker was seventh at 120 at the 2021 Whitlatch.
Koransky won by an 11-3 major decision in the semifinals after starting with two pins, the first in 39 seconds.
“It’s a good accomplishment as a freshman, I think. I just need to keep working to get to first place, so I’ll be back next year,” Koransky said.
Ogunsanya lost 10-1 to Neenah (Wisconsin) sophomore Jacob Heern (14-2) after a pin following an 11-9 semifinals loss.
“It just goes to show some goals and gives me a chance to see how I can improve in the future,” Ogunsanya said. “The weight class was very tough but overall I think there’s a lot to improve upon. I think our team is very strong.”
Knackstedt lost 12-6 to Neenah senior Jayden Sheppard (17-1) for third. Knackstedt lost 11-6 in the quarterfinals but then had two pins and a 7-4 decision.
“I’ve probably just got to come out of the gates swinging,” Knackstedt said. “The two matches that I lost, I kind of sat back in the beginning, fell behind and just couldn’t really recover.”
Sneed lost his opener but then won three straight decisions. Sneed was pinned by Sandburg senior Mike Rydell (13-5) in 2:48 for seventh.