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50 | February 16, 2017 | The orland park prairie sports opprairie.com ELITE SPORTS TRAINING ATHLETES INSIDE-OUT 815.221.6000 • Mar 11 - Apr 29 • Saturdays - 8 Weeks • $150-$180 per player • Ages 5-6 & 7-9 www.bjesLockport.com Wrestling Brucki, Bateman, Scates, Nolan all advance to state Jason Maholy Freelance Reporter DAVE SHALABI (708) 705-9000 OVER 275+ HOMES SOLD/RENTED IN 24 MONTHS! Dave Shalabi is a licensed real estate broker with RE/MAX Synergy 15607 S. Harlem Ave Orland Park, IL 60462 Each office is independently owned and operated. *Over 275+ Homes sold/rented is based on 12/31/16 and the 24 months prior. visit us online at www.opprairie.com Sandburg wrestler Patrick Brucki entered this season with the ultimate goal of ending his senior campaign standing atop the podium at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center. After placing third at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state tournament as a sophomore and second last season, both times at 182 pounds, anything less than a state title next weekend in Champaign would constitute failure in the mind of the Princetonbound grappler. Brucki’s mission is nearing completion, as the four-time state qualifier and two-time medalist continued his dominant season Saturday, Feb. 11, by winning the championship at 195 pounds at the Downers Grove North Sectional. Brucki (40-1) will enter the state tournament unbeaten against and largely unchallenged by Illinois wrestlers. He easily disposed of his sectional opponents, including two of the top-tier wrestlers in the state. Brucki defeated Mason Kroening of Waubonsie Valley 17-5 in the semifinals before making Sergio Villalobos of Downers Grove look average and topping him by technical fall 20-5 in the championship bout. The supremely confident but humble Brucki said he thinks the only opponent who can beat him lies within. “I’m happy with how it’s progressing, with how I’m wrestling,” he said after accepting his first-place medal. “Obviously, I’m never satisfied, but I think if I stay on this track, I’ll have a good chance of taking that title, and there’s no one that’s going to stop me from doing that other than me. I’m my own worst enemy right now, and all I’ve got to do is trust myself, trust my instincts, trust what my coaches have taught me to do and get the job done.” Three other Sandburg wrestlers will join Brucki in Champaign. Cole Bateman and Malik Scates placed third in the sectional at 220 pounds and 285 pounds, respectively, and Patrick Nolan took fourth at 120 pounds. Bateman and Scates each will be taking their second trips to the state tournament, while Nolan is to go for the first time. Bateman qualified for state two years ago as a sophomore and has been gunning for a return trip since bowing out of the state series at sectional this past season. He pinned Naperville North’s Christian Nussbaum in the third-place match at Downers Grove North to head to state on a winning note. “That’s actually what makes this that much sweeter,” Bateman said. “Last year, I didn’t wrestle my best at [sectional] and I ended up not qualifying for state. From the moment that happened until now, I’ve been training. I haven’t stopped since then. This year, I want to get to the top of the podium. That’s my goal. I know I’ve still got a lot of work to put into it and a lot of stuff I have to adjust, but that’s what I have to do.” Scates (34-12), a senior, failed to medal at this past year’s state tournament but “had a plan” to make it again to Champaign. He pinned Brandon Raines of Glenbard East in the thirdplace bout. “I just absolutely loved it down there, so I was like, I want to make sure I get there again, and this time try and get a medal,” he said. “I’m ready. I could always change a few things up, but I think I’m getting it.” Nolan, a sophomore who is in his first year on varsity, had an at times remarkable and at other times bewildering sectional performance. He upset Isaac Jacquez, of West Aurora, in the quarterfinals, winning 12-10 in overtime; then lost to Jacob Dado, of Marist, in the semifinals. Nolan appeared to be headed home for the season when he trailed Metea Valley’s Phillip Sims 10-7 with one minute remaining in their consolation-bracket semifinal; however, he pulled off perhaps the most dramatic victory of the day by escaping, taking Sims down and putting him on his back for three near-fall points and a 13-10 win. Nolan (34-8) acknowledged he drives Sandburg head coach Eric Siebert crazy. “I make it harder than it has to be,” Nolan said. “I just didn’t wrestle my best, honestly. I mean, I still made it down state, and that’s what my mark has been all year. Next week, I just have to wrestle better if I want to place.” Another area wrestler who is headed to state is Andrew’s Robbie Precin, who won the Downers Grove North Sectional title at 120 pounds by defeating Dado 5-3 in the championship bout. Precin (38-1), a junior, placed fourth in state at 113 as a freshman but missed most of this past season after breaking his nose. “Obviously, I’m going to try my hardest to get that state title,” Precin said. “But I just wanted to get back on the mat [after last season], because I wanted to prove to everyone I could do it. I think I’ll prove even more once state comes. I’ve just got to keep throttling.” Precin, who attended Sandburg when he qualified for state two years ago, said his coaches at Andrew have been amazing and are very supportive. “They just want me to have fun,” he said. “That’s all they’re worried about, and it’s motivating for me for them to do that.”
opprairie.com sports the orland park prairie | February 16, 2017 | 51 Competitive Dance Celtics dancers improve at state in transition year Orland Parkers contributed to Catholic school’s success James Sanchez, Contributing Editor First-year Providence Catholic head dance coach Stephanie Coglianese admitted she had to tone down her coaching style and be patient. After spending five years coaching 18- to 22-year-olds for Calumet College of St. Joseph’s dance team, she moved on to coaching incoming freshmen to seniors at Providence to be closer to her husband, Mark, who is the school’s varsity football coach. With no junior varsity team, 10 of the 17 Celtics were freshmen or sophomores. “I had to step back and think, ‘How does a 14-year-old take on corrections, as opposed to a 22-year-old?’” Coglianese recalled. “I had put myself back in high school shoes to coach down at that level.” As much as that was an adjustment for her, the girls had to make some, too. Since the Illinois High School Association included competitive dance as a sanctioned sport five years ago, the Celtics have performed traditional poms routines. Coglianese shifted from that hard-hitting style into a lyrical, contemporary base that was more fluid and dramatic. Coglianese said the seniors seemingly had the toughest transition after spending three years doing poms but began to grasp the new routine after a month, along with the rest of the team. It danced to a remixed rendition of “California Dreamin’” by Mamas & The Papas. A first-place finish in November during the team’s regular season debut at an Andrew competition set the tone for what eventually became a successful season. “This was the most technically difficult routine we’ve had so far at Providence,” Coglianese said. “It’s a different ball game for them, and they did well, despite switching genres, which meant different styles, techniques, and doing all this with a new coach.” The Celtics later placed second in the Chicago Catholic League’s inaugural dance competition, finishing behind Class 3A school Loyola Academy. A week later, they took third at the Class 2A Please see dance, 49 Members of the Providence dance team perform their routine Jan. 27 during the Illinois High School Association state dance competition’s preliminary round in Bloomington. Clark Brooks/PhotoNews Media Orland Park Pioneers Cheer Program is Excited to Announce That We Will Be IRCA Competitive for the 2017 Season! Register online at: www.oppioneers.com Check out the newly updated cheer information on the Pioneers websitewww.oppioneers.com under the “Cheer Info” tab. Football Season Fees: $250 (Residents) $325 (Non-residents) IRCA Competition Season Fees: $150 (Resident and Nonresident) Be A Part of the Excitement This Season!