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30 | January 25, 2018 | The winnetka Current sports winnetkacurrent.com Ryan, Trevs impress at conference meet 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, 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. New Trier senior Patrick Ryan, took home the title in the 145-pound 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 New Trier’s Jack Tangen applies pressure to Vernon Hills’ Aris Herrera NG. Tangen defeated Herrera NG via fall in the 152-pound weight class Saturday, Jan. 20, in Des Plaines. Tracy Allen/22nd Century Media 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 placed second in the 113-pound weight class, Jack Tangen (35-1) took home the title in the 152-pound weight class, Russell Sanchez placed second in the 170-pound weight class and Jimmy McDermed 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 and Trent Williams 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 match. “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.” Glenbrook South’s top finishers were Matt Rubel with a fourth-place finish at 106 pounds, Nate Sullivan’s sixth-place finish at 113 pounds and Cam Mercer’s fifth-place finish at 195 pounds. BRATSCHI PLUMBING 801 OAK STREET, WINNETKA www.bratschiinc.com 847.446.1421 CELEBRATING 80 YEARS IN WINNETKA! Has your water heater caught a cold? Lic. 055-004615 Follow Bratschi Plumbing!

winnetkacurrent.com sports the winnetka current | January 25, 2018 | 31 From the Sports Editor Larger meaning behind War on the Shore 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO 1st-and-3 THREE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 1. Patrick Ryan (above). The New Trier wrestler won the 145-pound weight class title at the CSL conference meet. His sweep at the tournament kept his undefeated record intact at 38-0. 2. Connor Barrett. The Loyola junior basketball player had 10 points in helping the ramblers win back the Jesuit Cup by beating St. Ignatius at Wintrust Arena on Friday, Jan. 19. 3. Jack Tangen. The New Trier wrestler continued his impressive season by winning the 152-pound weight class at the CSL meet. He has a 35-1 record this year. Michael Wojtychiw Sports Editor For girls and boys basketball, the months of January and February are ones that are to prepare teams for the grueling end of the season and hopeful run to a state title. Many teams participate in shootouts to get an opportunity to play teams they may normally not get a chance to. The North Shore’s shootout, the War on the Shore, however, means a little more to the participants. This Saturday, Jan. 27, will mark the eighth annual War on the Shore featuring the boys basketball teams from Loyola Academy, New Trier and Evanston against three teams from the Chicagoland area and Midwest. “When we started this event, we just wanted to shine a spotlight on the North Shore and some historically good basketball programs in New Trier, Evanston and Loyola and bring in really good teams,” Loyola coach Tom New Trier and Loyola will both play in the War on the Shore this weekend. 22nd CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO Livatino said after last year’s win over St. Patrick. What makes this shootout different from others is that it helps a local charity that means a lot to the North Shore, the Danny Did Foundation, a foundation whose mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures. Mike and Mariann Stanton founded the foundation after their four-year-old son Danny died suddenly on Dec. 12, 2009 in his sleep after suffering a seizure. Soon after, his uncle Tommy, then an assistant coach with the Loyola basketball team, joined Mike, a Loyola grad, and Mariann and now serves as the executive director of the foundation. In the seven years of the shootout, the event has raised nearly $17,000 and has become a staple for one Saturday afternoon of boys basketball on the North Shore. Covering last year’s event, my first War on the Shore experience, was a lot of fun because it was great to see that people of all different backgrounds could come together for a great cause, while also being able to watch great basketball. “Partnering with Danny Did makes it special,” Livatino added last year. “Our thing at Loyola is ‘Men for others’ and this is something that’s more than basketball and an organization and a family that’s special to us.” This year’s event features non-North Shore teams from Geneva, St. Viator and Detroit Jesuit from Michigan. New Trier and Loyola’s opponents, St. Viator and Detroit Jesuit, have a combined 25-6 record on the season, so it should be a good group of games for the 22nd Century Media teams. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than watching the top boys basketball talent on display? If you’ve got some time this weekend, make sure to stop by Loyola for a couple games, cheer 2018 War on the Shore — Saturday, Jan. 27 Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Danny Did Foundation and its work to protect kids with epilepsy. Game Match-Ups: 1:30 p.m.: New Trier vs. St. Viator 3 p.m.: Evanston vs. Geneva 4:30 p.m.: Loyola Academy vs. Detroit Jesuit on your favorite local basketball players and help a charitable foundation for a great cause. Listen Up “It’s an honor that the coaches voted me, recognizing the hard work our team has put in this year.” Patrick Ryan — NT wrestler on winning the Elias George outstanding wrestler Award. tunE in What to watch this week FENCING: The state’s best converge on Winnetka to find out who the state’s top team is. • New Trier hosts the Illinois fencing championships at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in Winnetka. Index 28 - Girls basketball 26- Athlete of the Week Fastbreak is compiled by Sports Editor Michael Wojtychiw, m.wojtychiw@22ndcenturymedia.com.