Wrestling: back-to-back regional champions

Senior James Ford wrestles an Elk Grove opponent (photo by Molly Mueller).
Junior Frank Mazur wrestles an Elk Grove opponent (photo by Molly Mueller).

By Molly Mueller, Executive Online Sports Editor 
On Saturday, February 7, Prospect’s wrestling team won their regional meet at Glenbrook South High School with a score of 210.5, compared to runner-up Wheeling’s 176.5. This was the third time wrestling has been a regional champion and first time with back-to-back championships after last year’s regional championship.
Along with a team regional championship, the Knights had five individual regional champions, three second place wrestlers, two third place finishers and a fourth place finish (See below for a full list). Of those 11 top finishers, the 10 first through third place winners will be advancing to the individual sectional meet Saturday, February 14 at Barrington High School.
Although junior Alex Preissing was an individual regional champion, he believes his regional match could have been better. Going into sectionals, Preissing has one thought: “Get through finals. Get down to state.”
The team as a whole will also advance to the team sectional meet Tuesday, February 24 against Grant High School. If the team comes out successful, the Knights will compete at team state Saturday, February 28 in Bloomington. Head coach Tom Whalen believes the team has the ability to beat Grant and make it down state.
“If we come out and wrestle as well as we can, then we’ll be happy with the results, whether or not everyone’s a champion together,” Whalen said. “[If we don’t] wrestle to the best of our ability, its going to be not too happy of a weekend. If we do, like I think we will, like we have been lately, we’ll be more than fine.”
Jr. Alex Preissing (120 lb)
Sr. Chris Rivera (126 lb)
Jr. Tanner Strobel (160 lb)
Soph. Matt Wroblewski (170 lb)
Sr. James Ford (220 lb)
Soph. Vince Lobono (113 lb)
Jr. Bobby Jarosz (152 lb)
Sr. Dema Govalla (195 lb)
Soph. Stu Isteefanos (145 lb)
Sr. Adrian Wroblewski (182 lb)
Soph. Dexter Straczek (106 lb)