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The Lake Forest Leader 021617

28 | February 16, 2017 |

28 | February 16, 2017 | The lake forest leader sports Wrestling Scouts make strides at sectional meet Neil Milbert Freelance Reporter Highland Park’s threesport star DJ Penick is going to focus on football when he gets to college at Murray State, but in the meantime he’s ending his high school sports career by having a superlative wrestling season. Penick improved his unblemished record to 35-0 on Feb. 11 when he earned another trip to the state tournament by defending his 182-pound championship in the Class 3A Barrington Sectional. The score was 2-2 in the title match when Penick suddenly ended it by pinning his Dundee-Crown opponent Chase Raap with 59 seconds remaining in the second period. He advanced to the match with Raap (40-8) via a semifinal 8-0 major decision over Jake Leske (33-8) of McHenry after eliminating Huntley’s Justin Henry (22-17) on a fall with 59 seconds elapsed in their quarterfinal match. “It’s something to keep me motivated,” Penick said of his flawless season. “I’ve been trying to stay strong, listen to my coaches and have a perfect match every time.” In last year’s state tournament, Penick finished sixth. He then went on to compete in track and made it to the sectionals. But this year Penick doesn’t plan to join the track team when his wrestling season ends. He wants to use the time to get ready for college football. “Football is my passion, and I love the place (Murray State),” he said. “I’ll go and see what I can do down there.” Penick’s 145-pound junior teammate, Alex Rosenbloom (26-5), finished second in the sectional for the second year in a row, losing a 3-0 decision to Barrington junior Markus Hartman (41-1) in the title match. Rosenbloom, who competed in the 138-pound class last year, fell behind when Hartman got a twopoint takedown at the outset and a second period ankle sprain hindered his attempt to make a comeback. During the offseason Rosenbloom and Hartman work out against one another at the Poeta Training Center. “I tried one of my best moves (to start the match) but it never works on him,” Rosenbloom said. “I should have known better. Other than that one takedown I wrestled pretty well, except for when I went down in the third period. That was a bad idea. “I want to fix areas where I cost myself between now and the state tournament. Last year at state I lost my two matches but I wrestled competitively. I lost by one point in both matches and both guys placed in state so I knew I was right up there.” Hartman had a significant height advantage in the title match and so did Rosenbloom’s semi-final opponent, Eric Carter (38- 9) of Stevenson, who had defeated him twice this season. This time the match was deadlocked 2-2 going into the final period but then Rosenbloom came on strong to win a 7-5 decision. “My game plan was key,” Rosenbloom said. “Keep moving and get past his elbow. I did a great job on that.” Seeing Rosenbloom avenge his two defeats came as no surprise to his Highland Park coach, Chris Riley. “He has a very high wrestling IQ,” Riley said. “He’s a smart and strategic wrestler. He learns and learns. I was very pleased with his entire tournament. In his final match we were hoping for an upset but he wrestled about as well as he could. There were a lot of tightly contested scrambles.” The Giants’ other sectional representative, 152-pound Steve Weathers (34-4), won his first match on a fall at 1:48 but then was defeated in the quarterfinals by Huntley freshman David Ferrante on a 6-5 decision. Ferrante (26-2) went on to win the championship. Weathers went to the consolation bracket where he took a 13-2 major decision before losing a semifinal match on a decision. Lake Forest’s three wrestlers—132-pound junior Quinn Dailey (32- 10), 160-pound senior Mark Tupanjac (28-8) and 195-pound senior Cory Barth (29-9)—all made it to the consolation semifinals before being eliminated. Dailey—who moved up from the 126-pound class to finish third in the Libertyville Regional—won his first match on a decision and then lost his quarterfinal match on a decision to drop to the consolation bracket. There it was the same story, a victory by decision followed by a defeat on a decision. “I’ve made significant improvement since last year,” said Dailey. “Last year I got double eliminated. I want to take what I learned this year and build on that in (offseason) national tournaments and invitationals.” Tupanjac and Barth, both of whom were regional runners-up, had identical sectional story lines—a victory on a fall, then a loss on a fall, followed by a second victory on a fall and a second loss on a fall. Glenbrook North had four wrestlers in the sectional but the only one to make it to the state tournament was senior Jacob Weingardt (30-12), the fourth place finisher in the 285-pound class. After winning 2-1 overtime decisions in his opening round and quarterfinal matches, the workaholic Weingart lost on a fall in the semi-finals. Dropping to consolation bracket, he gained his second overtime decision at the expense of Deerfield’s Peter Runac (27-14), this time by a 4-2 margin in two overtimes. At the end of regulation time the second match with Runac was deadlocked 1-1. An escape followed by a two-point takedown gave Weingart a 4-1 and he held on for the one-point victory. “Everything I had went into that match,” Weingart said. In the third place match, Weingart was pitted against Auburn’s Jordan Williams and lost on a fall at 2:35. “Jason has a lot of heart,” said GBN Coach Jason Erwinski. “I work out with him every practice. He’s in great shape.” In the consolation semifinals, the Spartans’ 220-pound senior, Brandon Friedman (28-11), lost a 13-7 decision to Josh Dyer (29-6) of Lake Zurich. GBN also lost matches at 106 and 182 pounds to wrap the sectional. sports the lake forest leader | February 16, 2017 | 29 Men’s Basketball Foresters fall to No. 9 St. Norbert in close contest Junior forward Orlando Brown helped keep the home team in the game but the Lake Forest College men’s basketball team was defeated 59-52 by St. Norbert College at home on Feb. 8. Brown’s two-handed dunk in the first half excited the crowd and started a six-point run that gave the Foresters an 8-7 advantage mid-way through the first half. The lead changed hands five more times in the next threeand-a-half minutes and the score was tied at 18, 20, and 22 before a basket by the visitors gave them a 24-22 edge at halftime. One of four threepointers in the contest by Lake Forest junior guard Eric Porter cut the Green Knights’ lead to one point early in the second half but the Foresters would get no closer. St. Norbert scored the next 12 points before the home team responded with 11 in a row, the last three on a steal, layup, and free throw by Porter that made it a two-point game with 8:51 remaining. St. Norbert scored the next four points and led by at least three the rest of the way. Porter led Lake Forest with 15 points while Brown and senior forward Jim Schick also reached double figures with 12 and 11, respectively. Sophomore guard Jordan Moran finished with eight points and led all players in the contest and matched his career high with 12 rebounds. College Corner The last week in Lake Forest College sports The Foresters finished with a slight 28-27 edge in rebounds but made just 40 percent of field goal attempts while St. Norbert shot 53.5 percent from the floor. Porter was 4-for-9 from three-point range while the rest of the team was 0-for-10 and the green Knights 6-for-13. Both teams took care of the ball fairly weel, combining to commit just 17 turnovers. Lake Forest is now 12-8 overall this season and 10-5 in Midwest Conference play. St. Norbert, the ninth-ranked team in the nation, improved to 17-3 overall and 14-1 in the league. Women’s Basketball Slow start against St. Norbert too much to overcome Sophomore guard Hannah O’Day led the home team with 18 points in her first start of the season as the Forester women’s basketball team was defeated 64-49 by visiting St. Norbert College on Feb. 8. O’Day also grabbed six rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists. She is averaging 13 points over the team’s last four contests. The only other Forester to score in double figures was fellow sophomore guard Bridget Bilek, who finished with 14 points. Senior forward Brittany Avonts and sophomore forward Paige Bobos were next on the team with five points apiece and Avonts led Lake Forest with eight rebounds. Bobos scored the Foresters’ first points of the game nearly five minutes in, ending an 11-point run by the Green Knights. The margin reached 15 points before a Lake Forest basket with less than 30 seconds on the clock made the score 18-5 after a period of play. O’Day scored seven straight points to trim the margin to six midway through the second quarter. St. Norbert, however, quickly took the lead back into double figures and was ahead 27-18 at halftime. The difference remained between 10 and 16 points throughout the third quarter. O’Day and Bilek each scored seven of the Foresters’ 19 points in the period but the Green Knights led 49-37 at its completion. Lake Forest pulled to within 10 points twice early in the fourth quarter but got no closer. After shooting just 25 percent from the field in the first half, the Foresters raised that mark to 34 percent by game’s end. St. Norbert connected on exactly 40 percent of field goal attempts on the evening, out-rebounded the home team 41-34, and committed just 14 turnovers while forcing 19. The loss drops the Foresters’ overall record on the season to 5-15 and Midwest Conference mark to 4-11. St. Norbert improved to 15-5 overall and 12-3 in the conference. The Foresters hosted first-place Cornell College on Saturday and lost, 67-61. They outrebounded Cornell, 46-38, in the loss. Once a week is weak. You don’t have to wait until the paper arrives for your news. Join today to get all the news from your newspaper as it happens—online anytime, anywhere. Visit to become a member. Brought to you by THE LAKE FOREST LEADER