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Warren's Zach Khoury (195) Libertyville's Joe Nield | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media

GURNEE Thursday Jan 3 2013 Warren's Zach Khoury (195) Libertyville's Joe Nield | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media

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GRAPPLING WITH SUCCESS

AREA’S TOP WRESTLERS

(ILLINOISMATMEN.COM RANKINGS)

CLASS 3A (BIG SCHOOLS)

106 Pounds

5) Andrew Mehrholz (Deerfield freshman)

120 Pounds

6) Steve Polakowski (Libertyville junior)

132 Pounds

5) Abel Rios (Zion-Benton senior)

10) Gresh Henderson (Lake Zurich senior)

138 Pounds

6) Joey Gunther (Libertyville sophomore)

145 Pounds

3) Justin Weber (Stevenson senior)

5) Austin Pettinato (Libertyville senior)

160 Pounds

5) Kayne MacCallum (Libertyville junior)

170 Pounds

9) Danny Hicks (Warren senior)

11) Ian Burns (Stevenson senior)

182 Pounds

4) Tony Cashmore (Grant senior)

220 Pounds

6) Kevin Barbian (Libertyville junior)

CLASS 2A (SMALLER SCHOOLS)

106 Pounds

3) Jordan Reich (Vernon Hills sophomore)

5) Briley Schultz (Antioch junior)

132 Pounds

3) Devin Tortorice (Wauconda senior)

7) Mike Gussarson (Antioch senior)

145 Pounds

5) David Pierce (Vernon Hills)

12) Bruce Pearl (Wauconda senior)

152 Pounds

7) Kavan Mulloy (Lakes junior)

160 Pounds

10) David Gregory (Lakes senior)

11) Gerard Wade (North Chicago senior)

220 Pounds

3) Nate Magiera (Wauconda junior)

Heavyweight

1) Jake Cochrane (Carmel senior)

6) Kevin Barbian (Libertyville junior)

TOP TEAMS (ILLINOISMATEMEN.COM RANKINGS)

CLASS 3A (BIG SCHOOLS)

1) Sandburg, 7) Libertyville, 18) Deerfield, 22) Grant

CLASS 2A (SMALLER SCHOOLS)

1) Montini, 12) Wauconda, 13) Antioch

LIBERTYVILLE 42, WARREN 15

L W

132 — Taylor Kuhn (W) dec. Brooks, 9-4 0- 3

138 — Israel Santiago (W) dec. Andrews, 5-1 0- 6

145 — Joey Gunther (L) pinned Luth, 2:51 6- 6

152 — Libertyville won by forfeit 12- 6

160 — Sal Ayala (L) pinned Andrews, 4:32 18- 6

170 — Dan Hicks (W) dec. Koziol, 12-5 18- 9

182 — Kayne MacCallum (L) pinned Garner, 5:54 24- 9

195 — Joey Nield (L) dec. Tim Khoury, 6-4 27- 9

220 — Kevin Barbian (L) pinned Johnson, 1:04 33- 9

Hwt — Chris McDermand (L) dec. McCaffery, 3-1 36- 9

106 — Charles Nudelman (W) dec. Locascio, 9-1 36-12

113 — Dan Schilling (L) dec. Johnson, 8-6 (ot) 39-12

120 — Martin Martinez (W) dec. Strong, 4-0 39-15

126 — Steve Polakowski (L) dec. Mason, 7-5 42-15

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Updated: March 6, 2013 2:15AM



Friday was Senior Night for Warren High School’s wrestling squad, as nine Blue Devils will be graduating in the spring.

The event featured prematch festivities and recognition of the athletes and their parents.

But that’s where the fun ended for Warren’s squad on this night.

Libertyville came into the North Suburban Conference Lake Division match unbeaten in the league, and went back home that same way, courtesy of a 42-15 victory.

The Wildcats are now 4-0 in the division and 12-1 overall. Warren is 2-2 in the NSC Lake and 9-3 overall.

“It was a good team effort,” said longtime Libertyville coach Dale Eggert. “We needed a pin in a few places and got them.

“The swing match was at 160 (Sal Ayala of Libertyville pinned Jeremy Andrews). We got down 5-1 early, but came back and got the pin. It was a big turn of events right there.

“I think everybody wrestled the match they needed to, but that was a turning point in the meet for us.”

Ayala is now 8-1 on the season. He missed a chunk of the campaign with a broken bone in his face.

Kayne MacCallum improved to 23-2 with a win at 182 for Libertyville, and Kevin Barbian won to move to 19-4 at 220.

Warren’s top wrestler, 170-pound Dan Hicks, won and is now 19-2.

“They’re a good team. At the top of their lineup, they’re really tough,” said Warren coach Jim Ouimette. “When you get into the upper weights, we’re young and pretty inexperienced.

“MacCallum going up to 182 (he’s usually at 160 and 170) was going to cause problems.

“We gave away too many bonus points. That 160-pound match (Ayala vs. Andrews), we should have won, but we definitely shouldn’t have give up six (team points for Ayala’s pin). You can’t beat a team that’s that good giving away those points, plus a forfeit.”

Warren is on the mat again this morning in a big meet at Lincoln-Way Central.



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