Saturday, February 26, 2011
Indians have plenty to be proud of after reaching the dual finals for the third year in a row.
BLOOMINGTON–Minooka High School features a wrestling program. A program is decidedly different from a team. Like a team, it competes, but usually wins, sometimes because of a mental advantage. Programs don’t rebuild like a team will do from time to time; they reload to do the same or better than the year before. And, they achieve excellence year after year after year. The wrestling program at Minooka High School embodies those traits. The No. 3-rated Indians (25-4) reached their third Class 3A dual-team state championship match, taking second place after a 31-24 loss to top-ranked Glenbard North (27-4) Saturday in U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Minooka took second in the state in 2009 and won it all a year ago. “Minooka is going to be back,” …
Friday, February 25, 2011
Defending Class 3A state champion Indians could reach third straight state title match.
DARIEN–If experience counts for anything, the Minooka wrestling team has a distinct advantage heading into its Class 3A quarterfinal matchup against West Aurora. The Indians are making their sixth trip to the state tournament over the last eight seasons, taking second in 2009 before winning it all a year ago. West Aurora is making its state-tourney debut. The Indians (24-3) and Blackhawks (22-3) will square off at 9 a.m. Saturday in U.S. Cellular Coliseum for the right to advance to the state semifinals. The winner will face No. 7 Machesney Park Harlem or Lane Tech in a 2 p.m. semifinal. The third-place and state final duals will start at 6 p.m. The other quarterfinal matchups are No. 5 Barrington vs. No. 1 Sandburg and No. 4 Lyons …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Indians use fast start to notch 27-24 victory over RedHawks, advance to Class 3A quarterfinals on Saturday.
DARIEN–Minooka’s Bobby Zabel won and a host of Indians followed suit. Minooka won six straight matches to start the night on its way to a berth in the Class 3A state wrestling tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years after beating Marist 27-24 in the Granite City Sectional, which was contested at Hinsdale South High School Tuesday. Minooka (24-3) built a 21-0 lead and did not allow Marist (23-6) a chance to recover. Minooka will take on West Aurora at 9 a.m. Saturday in U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The defending state champion Indians, who beat Marist 31-27 earlier this year, won nine of 13 contested matches and allowed just three bonus points in their four setbacks. “That’s big,” Minooka coach Bernie Ruettiger said…
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Indians' junior captures 160-pound championship in Class 3A state tournament on Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN–Minooka’s Kalvin Hill missed the first half of the wrestling season with a pair of ankle injuries. “I was out the first half of the year because of a football injury,” he said. “I worked in the weight room and the wrestling room. It paid off.” Once he returned, the junior steamrolled the competition on his way to winning the 160-pound championship Saturday night in the Class 3A state tournament at Assembly Hall on the University of Illinois campus. Hill (26-1) beat Proviso West senior Maleek Thurman (33-5) 5-2 in the title match. “It feels great,” Hill said. “Nothing was going to stop me from winning this state championship. This is one of the greatest things to ever happen to me. This has been a great experience for me.” A …
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Indians win nine individual titles, beat Plainfield Central by 89 points in a romp to conference championship.
One of the best ways for a team to head into the postseason is to turn in a dominating performance in a conference tournament. And that's just what Minooka's wrestling team did on Saturday when it took part in the Southwest Prairie Conference tourney in Joliet. The defending Class 3A champions ran away from the rest of the field in the eight-team competition that took place at Plainfield South. Minooka rattled off nine straight wins in contested championship matches before finally losing a close decision in its final title match. As a result, 13 individuals placed among the top four at their weights to help the Indians beat Plainfield Central 241-152 for top honors. It marked the ninth straight year that coach Bernie Ruettiger's team has …
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Indians have five individuals champions, while Oswego has two reach finals.
- Ken Ryan
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Minooka senior wrestler Leo Ruettiger had the roughest day on the mat he could ever recall during last season’s Oak Park-River Forest Invitational. He wasn’t about to let that happen Saturday at the same tournament. Ruettiger was one of five individual champions for Minooka, which edged Lyons Township to win the team championship for the second season in a row. “This was the worst tournament I’ve ever wrestled in my life last year,” Ruettiger said. “I did terrible. I lost to three kids that I had already killed earlier in the season. I don’t even remember why I wrestled bad, but I had a really bad day. It feels good to come out here and win a good tournament.” Ruettiger placed first at 140 pounds, while the defending Class 3A state …
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Indians struggle without key starters, drop duals to Crystal Lake Central and Sycamore.
Trailing 2-0 after two periods to a two-time state champion on Saturday, Sandburg’s Dan Argueta pushed the pace late and saw it pay off. Argueta’s eventual 4-2 win at 140 pounds came on an overtime takedown against Crystal Lake Central’s Trevor Jauch in a battle between top-ranked 3A Sandburg and a Tigers team ranked second in 2A. The Eagles showed throughout their three-dual sweep in a quad in Orland Park that you’ll win a lot of close matches in wrestling if you can put the pedal to the floor when the other guy can’t. “Conditioning was a huge factor in that match,” Sandburg coach Eric Siebert said. “Danny’s coming on late in the season, just as he did last year, and that match gave us momentum.” After Sandburg dispatched Hoffman Estates …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Indians post five pins in 41-30 SPC dual wrestling victory over Oswego East.
OSWEGO—Minooka High School’s wrestling team not only took on Oswego East in a Southwest Prairie Conference dual meet Thursday at Oswego East, but also squared off against two other formidable opponents. Like it has done all year, the Indians are competing with the mental burden of being the defending Class 3A state champs. And now, the team is wrestling with illnesses. Those illnesses kept a handful of wrestlers on the sideline during Minooka’s 41-30 victory. Minooka (19-1), which hasn’t lost a SPC dual since the league was formed, improved to 6-0 in the conference. Oswego East fell to 13-6, 4-2. “I didn’t give anybody the night off; we’ve had a run of strep throat and sinus problems,” Minooka coach Bernie Ruettiger said. “The kids who …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Indian wrestlers power past Edwardsville, O'Fallon and Homewood-Flossmoor in impressive fashion.
- Ken Ryan
Saturday, December 11, 2010
After Minooka captured the Class 3A state championship last season, junior Joey Govednik admits there has been more pressure on the Indians. He wouldn't have it any other way. "We always say we're the ones with a target on our back," Govednik said. "We've been trying to fight back to try and defend our state title. That's been driving us pretty far. We've just been trying to do the best we can and it's worked out well so far." Minooka finished 3-0 at its own Minooka Duals Saturday. The Indians (12-1 dual record), who are ranked No. 2 by illinoismatmen.com, cruised to victories over Edwardsville 50-9, O'Fallon 48-12 and Homewood-Flossmoor 64-0. "We had a good day," Minooka coach Bernie Ruettiger said. "The kids are wrestling real well. We …
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Defending Class 3A state champs win first 10 matches en route to 51-12 romp over Oswego.
Oswego first-year wrestling coach Jeff Charlebois experienced his fair share of big victories as an assistant coach for Minooka. On Thursday, he felt what it was like going against the defending Class 3A state champs. Minooka won the first 10 matches and cruised to a 51-12 victory. "We took care of business, I guess, and hopefully we can get better," Minooka coach Bernie Ruettiger said. "We miss Jeff (Charlebois) and I don't care what the score was, but his kids looked good. We've got some kids out still and aren't at full strength, but we will be." Javon Lee allowed the Panthers to finish strongly, winning at heavyweight with a pin at 2:41. "When we're doing this bad it gives me, I don't know how to say it, but it makes me want to win …