Individual State Wrestling: Plainfield South’s Miguel Silva, Plainfield Central’s Jordan Ellingwood among top seeds
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media February 13, 2013 9:54PM
Miguel Silva, of Plainfield South (left). | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
INDIVIDUAL STATE WRESTLING
WHERE: University of Illinois Assembly Hall, Champaign.
WHEN: Competition begins at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday’s finals starting at 6:30 p.m.
WHO, WHAT: The top four finishers from each sectional advanced, creating a 16-person tournament for a state title at all 14 weights. The top six from each division reach the podium and receive a state medal.
CLASS 3A QUALIFIERS: Bolingbrook — Elijah Bavarro (126), Luis Sampedro (145); Joliet Central — Trayvon Zabala (120), Sharod Wilson (182); Lincoln-Way Central — Ian Meagher (113), Robbie Mikenis (138), Tyler Schneider (152), Matt Schneider (160), Bryce Gorman (170), Brendan Ditchman (182), Ryan Gromnicki (220); Lincoln-Way East — Kyle Langenderger (152), Nick Allegretti (285); Lockport — Brian Rossi (113), Shayne Oster (120), Dan Radcliffe (126), Dominic Naso (138), Vince Dietz (145), Tyler Johnson (182), Luis Montoya (195); Minooka — Carson Oughton (145), Corbett Oughton (152); Plainfield Central — Nick Nasenbeny (126), Ryan Holzrichter (132), Jordan Ellingwood (195); Plainfield South — Miguel Silva (106); Providence — Ronald Triche (113), Vince Ambrose (220); Romeoville — Naquan Hardy (120), Caleb Ramos (132).
CLASS 2A: Joliet Catholic — Braden Lancaster (145), Anthony McInerney (195); Lemont — Chris Giatras (182); Lincoln-Way West — Larry Cozzo (106), Kyle Ruettiger (113), Noah Keefe (120), Kyle Rodriguez (132), Lavonte Blackful (138), Josh Reuttiger (152), Cody Pedigo (160), Jake Bohne (170), Javier Montalvo (182), Alec Posewic (195).
CLASS 1A: Coal City — Cody Minnick (106), Corey Jurzak (113), Casey Brown (120), Jake Czaja (145), Ryan Naples (170); Dwight — Brandon Allen (160), Anthony Bauer (195); Peotone — Shadriq Jackson (120), Liam McLaughlin (126), Gabe Hartnett (138), Kody Goberville (160), Tom Ruffino (195); Seneca — Sage Friese (126), Brandon Webb (220); Wilmington — Colin Weis (113), Austin Headrick (120), Andy Rodawold (132), Andrew Liaromatis (145), Sean Liaromatis (170), Dexter Fierro (182), Nick Vancura (195), Derrick Romano (285).
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:07PM
Miguel Silva was on the outside looking in last season. Now he’s on the top looking down.
A year after failing by a single match to reach the state tournament, Silva, a junior at Plainfield South, finds himself undefeated and the top seed in the Class 3A 106-pound division at the Individual State Wrestling Tournament, which begins Thursday afternoon and continues through Saturday night.
At 38-0, Silva will enter Assembly Hall in Champaign as the Class 3A Moline Sectional champ. It’s been a remarkable run for the junior dynamo, but he’s not ready to rest on a mere qualification berth.
“It’s all about reaching the goal of winning state,” Silva said. “It didn’t matter how I got there. I could have finished fourth here (at the sectional). The unbeaten record doesn’t matter. All I want is a state title.”
Lurking in Silva’s path is Bother Rice freshman Rudy Yates (38-0). Silva and Yates reside in just one of three weight classes housing two unbeaten wrestlers. Interesting, Silva enters Champaign as the lone top seed in 3A without state meet experience.
“There’s still a lot of improvement needed,” he said. “There were tiny little mistakes I need to fix (from the sectional). I’m confident heading into state, but I’m focused on fixing those tweaks until everything is perfect.”
Plainfield Central’s Jordan Ellingwood (43-0), like Silva, took top billing in a weight class with two undefeated juggernauts. Ellingwood surpassed Sandburg’s Ricky Robertson (44-0) at 195 pounds, and a potential finals match pitting the two seniors is likely the most anticipated championship bout in the entire tournament.
“As a coach, I’m excited about it,” Plainfield Central’s Jim Kappas said of the pair possibly meeting. “It’s going to make Jordan better in preparation, and it creeps in a little more excitement.
“Jordan’s the face of Plainfield Central,” Kappas added. “What he’s done for football and how he interacts with teachers, Jordan’s got a whole rooting system in place. We haven’t had some of the athletic success that other schools have had, so this is a big thing for us as a community.”
Other top seeds from Class 3A include Lincoln-Way East’s Kyle Langenderfer (152 pounds) and Joliet Central’s Trayvon Zabala (120). In Class 1A, Coal City’s Cody Minnick (106) and Wilmington’s Andy Rodawald (132) are returning state medalists who notched No. 1 seeds.
“This is a dream season,” Langenderfer said. “My senior year is coming to a close and I want to go out with a bang.”
Langenderfer will become a four-time All-Stater if he hits the podium. The 2011 state champ committed to Illinois earlier this season.
Zabala, a 120-pounder and two-time state medalist, faces a tough field with Sandburg’s Sebastian Pique a likely second-round opponent. Pique bettered Zabala in the state finals two seasons ago at 112.
Returning state-placers looking to climb the podium are Lockport’s Brian Rossi (113), Coal City’s Casey Brown (120), Plainfield Central’s Nick Nasenbeny (126), Lincoln-Way Central’s Robbie Mikenis (138), Minooka’s Corbett Oughton (152) and Lemont’s Chris Giatras (182).
Contributing: Steve Tappa