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40 | January 25, 2018 | The Northbrook tower sports northbrooktower.com Wrestling North tunes up for postseason at CSL tourney 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. 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 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.” 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. New Trier senior Patrick Ryan, took home the title in the 145-point weight class and remained undefeated with a 38-0 record. He 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 Highland Park senior Alex Rosenbloom (25-2) in the championship match on a 7-3 decision. “I was expecting a competitive match in the finals,” Ryan said. “I think 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 Glenbrook North’s Kyle Williams attempts to escape from the grasp of Evanston’s Ricardo Salinas. Salinas defeated Williams 11-3 in the 152-pound weight class Saturday, Jan. 20, in Des Plaines. Tracy Allen/22nd Century Media 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. 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 fourthplace 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 fifthplace 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.”

northbrooktower.com sports the northbrook tower | January 25, 2018 | 41 b-ball From Page 42 “All my teammates are so nice and they help me out so much, and (Newton) does a great job of matching us up with girls on the other teams we play.” Fluegge applauded team leader Paull for another consistent effort and liked the effort she got up and down her lineup. Kim scored five points in the win and the Spartans got four points apiece from Jamie Kempner, Amanda Stephenson, Sammi Stoneburner, and Christina Christos. Fluegge was also happy to get her bench players extended playing time on Saturday. “We have such a great group of girls and it’s always good to get every girl playing,” Fluegge said. “And Faith Kim is truly our most improved player from last year to this year. She has played consistently well, kept us in games, and helped dig us out of holes. Offensively, she’s a force to be reckoned with and defensively she has worked hard on moving her feet.” Kim flashed her ability to drive to the basket throughout Saturday’s game. In her second varsity season, however, she’s focused on improving other aspects of her game. “The last couple years, my game has been mainly been more about offense. I like taking it to the hoop but I still need to work on my outside shot,” Kim said. “And Fluegge has talked to me about not being a one-dimensional player so I’ve had to work on my defense, too. I can’t make my teammates do extra work because of me, so I had to start pulling my own weight.” Boys Bowling Spartans heading back to state tournament NEIL MILBERT Freelance Reporter Glenbrook North is on a roll that’s taking it back to the State Bowling Tournament. A strong start in the morning segment was the secret of the Spartans’ success in IHSA Sectional Tournament at Habetler Bowl in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood Saturday, Jan. 20. “They went last year and that was part of their motivation,” coach Todd Rubin said. “They wanted to get back and do it again. In the morning we had a whole group of guys step up.” The top six teams in the sectional advanced to the State Tournament at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, and GBN was fourth with a score of 6033, besting fifth place Hinsdale Central by 175 pins. Finishing ahead of the Spartans were Lake Park (6363), Lyons (6,253) and Reavis (6,094). In the forefront was senior Jack Ulrich with games of 212, 204, 204, 277, 225 and 168 for a 1,290 series, followed closely by junior Jared Kuper, who had games of 191, 258, 238, 231, 144 and 222 for a 1,284 series. Ulrich threw nine straight strikes in Game 4 before knocking down seven pins with his first ball in the 10th frame. He picked up the spare and then completed the game with a strike. “Usually I don’t feel pressure at all when I’m bowling but that time I was nervous,” Ulrich said, recalling how he felt when he came to the 10th frame with the possibility of a perfect 300 game was staring him in the face. “As soon as I threw it I knew I put it out too far and wasn’t going to strike.” Ulrich averaged 215, one pin better than Kuper, and a third member of the Spartans, senior Aaron Berkowitz also averaged better than 200 with games of 224, 193, 258, 167, 236, 177 for a 1255 series and a 209 average. The other contributors for GBN were senior Jacob Rosenberg (games of 206, 184, 212, 179, 125 and 206 for a 1112 score and a 185 average), junior Tibor Klein (games of 214, 208, 191, 165, 168 for a 946 score and a 189 average) and senior Brandon Li (with a 158 in the first game) In the first three games in the morning segment only four of the Spartans’ games were under 200. They were at their best in Game 3 with games of 238, 258, 212, 204 and 208. “That hands down was the best game we bowled all season,” said Ulrich, looking back on a year in which the Spartans were 20-1 in the regular season and the winner of the Regional Tournament. That sparkling third game sent the Spartans into the afternoon segment with a feeling of confidence. “Coming into the day we were a little nervous but we set ourselves up nicely in the morning,” Rosenberg said. “We knew we had a little bit of room. “I think one of the best things was that we all relied on one another. That’s one of the best things about us; we work so well together.” Rubin felt that Ulrich’s near perfect game came at an opportune time. “Coming out of the break in Game 4 Jack, who has been our top bowler throughout the season, had that huge game and it covered up for a few guys who were having a down game (compared to their morning performances),” said the GBN coach. “In Game 5 we were struggling but it wasn’t devastating “ Ulrich concluded the game by rolling five consecutive strike. Full story Northbrook Tower. com JOIN NORTH SHORE AESTHETICS For A Night Of Glitter &Gifts! 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