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38 | January 25, 2018 | The highland park landmark sports Giants face tough competition at conference Todd Marver Freelance Reporter New Trier, Glenbrook North, Highland Park and Glenbrook South wrestling tuned up for the postseason, at the Central Suburban League conference tournament. With regionals quickly looming and a start date of Feb. 3, area wrestling teams honed their skill Saturday, Jan. 20 at Maine West in the conference tournament. New Trier placed the highest of the four CSL schools in the 22nd Century Media coverage area with a third-place score of 222.5. The Giants finished in sixth with a score of 118.5. New Trier senior Patrick Ryan, took home the title in the 145-pound weight class and remained undefeated with a 38-0 record after his bout with Highland Park senior Alex Rosenbloom (25-2). Ryan was also presented with the Elias George Outstanding Wrestler award at the end of the event. “It’s an honor that the coaches voted me recognizing the hard work our team has put in this year,” Ryan said. “I’m super glad to have partners in the wrestling room who coach me to get better like Jack Tangen, Bayne Kiser and Russell Sanchez because without good practice partners it’s really hard to improve individually, so I’m just really glad that I’ve got those guys to push me every day.” Ryan defeated Rosenbloom in the championship match on a 7-3 decision. “I was expecting a competitive match in the finals,” Ryan said. “I think Highland Park’s Johnathan Weathers applies an arm bar to New Trier’s Mac Lamison en route to a 9-0 win at 138 pounds Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Maine West Central Suburban League conference tournament. photos by Tracy Allen/22nd Century Media the difference was my conditioning during the match. As far as something that I can work on, I really think that my takedown finishes could be cleaner. Just working on my technique. I need to improve riding guys in the top position and just trying to get all those things right for regionals in a couple weeks.” Ryan looks to keep his personal and team success going deep in the postseason. Ryan competed at state the past two years. “The goal is to stay undefeated and win a state title,” he said. “In the long term as a team, we want to win the team regional. I would say we’re an underdog right now, but in our wrestling room we have the mentality that we should be hanging in there with those teams. We’re just going to wrestle hard and see how it goes out. Hopefully we go out with a regional title and I hope to be able to end my career with a state title.” Rosenbloom looks forward to a potential rematch with Ryan at the Barrington Sectional on Feb. 9-10. His Giants placed sixth at the CSL conference tournament with a score of 118.5. “I was wrestling the top guy in the state,” he said. “I know I’m a top guy in the state. He just took advantage of all of my mistakes. When I stopped wrestling that’s when he took advantage and took me down. It was a tough loss, but it’s good I have the film. I’ll be able to look over it. I’ll see him in three weeks. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get him in three weeks.” Like Ryan, Rosenbloom also competed at state the past two seasons and looks to keep his success going deep in the postseason. “I want to place in state,” Rosenbloom said. “That’s top six, so placing at state is the goal. I think with my talent if I’m on I shouldn’t have a problem. I think it’s going to be there and I just have to wrestle my best and keep on working hard for the next three weeks. I think it’ll come.” Rosenbloom was Highland Park’s lone wrestler to place either first or second at the conference tournament, while the Trevians had four additional wrestlers to finish either first or second in their respective weight classes. Michael Miralles (16-9) placed second in the 113-pound weight class, Jack Tangen (35-1) took home the title in the 152-pound weight class, Russell Sanchez (24- 13) placed second in the 170-pound weight class and Jimmy McDermed (23-9) took home the title in the 285-pound weight class. Glenbrook North, a young team with no seniors, placed fifth at the CSL conference tournament with a score of 162. Juniors Cam Casey (31-6) and Trent Williams (30- 6) placed second in their respective weight classes. Casey placed second in the 182-pound weight The Giant’s Martin Melchor (left) throws Niles West’s Andrew Arnautu to the ground; Melchor defeated Arnautu 11-4 in the 152-pound weight class. class with a 13-4 major decision loss in the championship match to Maine South’s John Halvorsen. Williams placed second in the 220-pound weight class with a loss to Evanston’s Ramin Abraham in the championship on a 10-8 decision. “We don’t have one senior on the team,” GBN assistant coach Blake Tomczak said. “We’ll return 162 points for next year plus the guys that were out that are working to get better now, so it’s a bright future. Trent and Cam are probably going to be leading that. It’s a younger team this year and they jumped right into that role and they’ve taken on a leadership role. The kids that follow them, they get in line behind them. They lead by example. They’re great kids.” Tomczak added that the Spartans don’t take a lot of stock in their performance at the conference tournament. “We don’t evaluate ourselves based on how we do in the conference tournament,” he said. “We evaluate ourselves based on how we do in comparison to yesterday. The goal is to progress and get better and just keep finding new ways to be a better version of what they already are. The sport is about making adjustments and progressing and being the best wrestler you can be. It’s not necessarily comparing yourself to anyone else in the conference.” Unlike New Trier, Highland Park and Glenbrook North, no Glenbrook South wrestlers placed first or second in the conference tournament. The young Titans placed 10th at the 12-team tournament with a score of 45. Glenbrook South’s top finishers were three sophomores: Matt Rubel (21-13) with a fourth-place finish in the 106-pound weight class, Nate Sullivan (3-5) with a sixth-place finish in the 113-pound weight class and Cam Mercer (26- 11) with a fifth-place finish in the 195-pound weight class. “Obviously, we’re happy with successes we had, but losses and adversity we had, we’ll get back to work right off the bat,” Rubel said. “We’ll be in there on Monday working on anything we didn’t perform well on.” sports the highland park landmark | January 25, 2018 | 39 Boys Swimming Giants win key races against Spartans in home meet loss Gary Larsen/ 22nd Century Media 1st-and-3 Stars of the Week 1. Hannah Matthews (Above) The Giants’ senior defenseman borrowed pads from her younger sister, Sarah, to play in net for her team. She recorded 24 saves. 2. Andrew Vorobev The Giants’ senior swam the 100- yard breaststroke Friday, Jan. 19, in a meet against Glenbrook North and won the race. He also won the 200 IM. 3. Alex Rosenbloom Rosenbloom faced New Trier’s Patrick Ryan in the 145-pound CSL conference championship bout. Rosenbloom lost, but looked at the match as an opportunity to learn. Listen Up Gary Larsen Freelance Reporter When beleaguered swimmers face 8,000 yards of training during finals week, as Glenbrook North did recently, toughness is laid bare. “Good swimmers learn how to swim fast when they’re tired,” Spartans coach Kirk Ziemke said. “When you learn how to do that then it becomes easy to swim fast at the end of the year, when you’re not tired. As young high school kids, they’re in the process of learning how to do that.” Ziemke’s Spartans capped a tough week of training with a 112-73 dualmeet win at Highland Park on Friday, Jan. 19, winning eight of 12 events in the Central Suburban League, North Division dual, including all three relay events. Highland Park had some shining moments in the dual meet. Andrew Vorobev won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, and the Giants’ Tobe Obochi won the 50 and 100 freestyle races. This Week In ... Giants Athletics Boys Swimming & Diving ■Jan. ■ 26 - hosts Vernon Hills, 5 p.m. Wrestling ■Jan. ■ 27 - at Glenbard “ ... I’m excited to see him swim that race when he’s not exhausted.” Tim Sirois — Giants boys swim coach, on Andrew Vorobev winning the 100-yard breaststroke against the Spartans “That was the first time (Vorobev) has done the 100 (breaststroke) this year and his (200 IM) is going to be pretty special,” Highland Park coach Tim Sirois said. “He’s a great worker and a great leader and I’m excited to see him swim that race when he’s not exhausted. And Obochi was sick all week so that was great to see.” In the night’s closest race, Obochi swam the 100 freestyle in 50.06, a mere one-one-hundredth of a second faster than secondplace Shapiro. The Giants’ Heller, Jake Reisner, Vorobev and Tobe Obochi kicked off the meet with a time of 1:40.73 in the 200 medley relay, finishing second to Glenbrook North by less than one second. “That was a really good leadoff and our best by far this year, so that was exciting,” Sirois said. “After a long week of finals they were tired but I thought it was a good meet. They don’t think finals takes anything out of them but it does. All week it can be a struggle at practice because they’re sluggish, but West Varsity Tri Meet, 9 a.m. Boys Basketball ■Jan. ■ 26 - hosts Maine East, 7:30 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 27 - at Batavia vs. Downers Grove North, 3 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 30 - hosts Lake Forest Academy, 7:30 p.m. Girls Gymnastics ■Jan. ■ 26 - at CSL North Conference Meet tune in Boys Basketball The Giants host the Caxys for a non-conference matchup. • Highland Park hosts Lake Forest Academy, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. The Giants’ Andrew Vorobev swims his way to a win in the 100-yard breaststroke at home Friday, Jan. 19, in a dual meet against Glenbrook North. Gary Larsen/22nd Century Media we swam great.” Purdy, Shapiro, Daniel Kaufman and Fabian JuJescu won the 200 medley relay in 1:39.86. Glenbrook North junior Ryan Purdy won the 100 backstroke and the 500 freestyle events, and spoke afterwards about the grueling nature of swimming in mid- January, with sectionals now less than one month away. “It’s tough when you’re training eight thousand yards a day but you have to find a way to push through it,” Purdy said. “At some point you have nothing left in the tank and you don’t want to go anymore. But you know it’s about the outcome at the end of the season that matters so you know in your head that you need to keep going hard.” Purdy finished a little more than 11 seconds ahead of the field in the 500 freestyle, then showed guts in edging the Giants’ Richard Heller in the 100 backstroke, 55.14 to 56.19. “Ryan Purdy is a kid who has that level of toughness, of being able to be exhausted but still put a performance out there,” Ziemke said. “He was cruising in his 500 and still went pretty fast, for going easy. Then in the backstroke, he was tired but he kicked it in on that last length and he wasn’t going to lose that race.” The Spartans’ other individual winners on Friday were Jake Shapiro in the 200 freestyle, Zander Johnson in the 100 butterfly, and Ryan Cohn in the 1-meter diving event. Ziemke also applauded Anton Ivanchenko, Garrett Chan, Dan Smagorinsky, and Tony Mrozowski for their relay performances and their roles in providing a spark during Friday’s dual. (Deerfield), 6 p.m. Girls Basketball ■Jan. ■ 26 - hosts Maine East, 6 p.m. Boys Hockey Index 36 - Girls Hockey 36 - Athlete of the Week Ivanchenko was the lone common denominator in the Spartans’ winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, and he also finished third in the 100 freestyle. “Anton did a great job,” Ziemke said. “He has trained his butt off and that was great senior leadership from him today. He’s definitely exhausted.” Ivanchenko, Mrozowski, Daniel Kaufman, and Sam Shin won Friday’s 200 freestyle relay, finishing a little more than one second faster than the Spartans’ second 200 free relay team of Chan, Smagorinsky, Noah Bruns, and Zander Johnson. ■Jan. ■ 26 - at Northwest Chargers U18, 7:45 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 27 - at Evanston, 9:10 p.m. ■Jan. ■ 28 - hosts Latin, 5:15 p.m. Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Brittany Kapa. Send any questions or comments to b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia. com.