01/21/17 - WINKLE LEADS BULLDOGS AT UPSTATE 8 TOURNAMENT
Seth Winkle (145lbs) avenged his regular season conference loss in the championship match of the Upstate 8 Tournament to secure a top of the podium spot. Joe Posledni (160lbs) and Nick Benson (170lbs) finished as runners-up and were joined by Andy Posledni (120lbs), Angel Cruz (126lbs) and Tyler Luppino (195lbs) with All-Conference honors. As a team the Bulldogs finished 3rd in the standings.
In a mtchup of previous conference unbeatens, the St. Charles East Saints delivered a dominating performance to take home the dual meet conference championship for the second consecutive year. Even a packed house on the night of "The Event" could not stem the tide as the Saints led from the opening whistle and they cruised to a 48-11 victory.
Reid Coyle (113lbs) led the way with an individual championship and Joe Posledni (160lbs), and Nick Bensen (170lbs) both bounced back from semi-final losses to take 3rd, as the Bulldogs took home a 4th place team finish. For local media coverage and full brackets, please click the links below:
Batavia placed in the middle of the pack at the stacked 32 team Berman Classic, the oldest continuously held wrestling tournament in the state of Illinois dating to the mid-1950s. Top dog was Joe Posledni (160lbs) who took 3rd place, going an impressive 6-1 over the two days, adding three more pins to his impressive season tally. Nick Benson (170lbs) rebounded from a second round loss to earn a 7th place finish, cracking the 20 win mark in the process. The final placewinner was sophomore Justin Major (132lbs) who secured an 8th place finish. For complete brackets, click the link below:
12/17/16 - BATAVIA TAKES 4TH PLACE AT RUS ERB INVITATIONAL
Batavia finsihed fourth in the nineteen team field at this year's Rus Erb Invitational hosted by Glenbrook South, finishing the two day tournament with nine individual placewinners. Leading the way, earning spots on the championship mat, were Seth Winkle (145lbs) and Joe Posledni (160lbs). While both wrestlers lost by slim decisions to fellow state ranked wrestlers in their finals match, in both cases taking their first losses of the season, they proved they have the ability to compete with the best Illinois has to offer.
Nick Benson (170lbs) wrestled an impressive tournament going 3-2 on his way to a 4th place finish, with both losses coming in two point matches against #5 ranked Josh Torres from Oswego and HM Andrew Lara from Wheeling. Justin Major (132lbs) and Tyler Luppino (195lbs) both made it to the semi-finals and ended the tournament with 3-2 records and 4th place finishes. Rounding out the place winners, all winning their last match of the tournament to lock up 5th place, were lightweights Nick Pierce (106lbs), Andy Posledni (120lbs), Angel Cruz (126lbs) and Matt Sutherland (152lbs). For full tournament brackets click the link below:
Batavia made short work of an under manned Geneva team in their Upstate 8 dual, walking away with a convincing 55-10 margin of victory and wins in six of the nine contested matches. In the process they improved their season dual meet record to 13-5 and remained perfect in conference competition. For more color on the dual, check out the local media coverage below:
The Bulldogs made history tonight in their Upstate 8 dual meet with St. Charles North, setting a new all time team record for margin of victory with a 77-3 landslide. This eclipsed the previous record of 72-0 set in 2005.
12/7/16 - TEAM CAPTAINS
Congratulations to Seniors, Joe Posledni and Seth Winkle on being named team captains for the 2016/17 season. We know they will set a great example for the team and for Batavia Wrestling.
11/23/16 - BULLDOGS START THE SEASON IN HISTORIC FASHION
For just over a decade Batavia has started its season facing the same three perennial wrestling powers the day before Thanksgiving, and until tonight, had never left the quad with an unblemished record. Not only did the team accomplish this feat for the first time, they did it in truly dramatic fashion.
First up were the Minooka Indians, and the season immediately got off to a bright start with Andrew Remalli (195lbs) securing a second period pin to give the Dogs an early lead. The Indians then rattled off three straight wins, but after the Bulldogs picked up a forfeit at 113lbs, Andy Posledni (120lbs) added three more team points with a 4-2 decision to temporarily reclaim the lead. At this point Minooka strung together five straight decisions, including a couple of one point nailbiters and extended their lead to 28-15. With three matches left the Bulldogs needed bonus points to climb back into the match and Joe Posledni (160lbs) struck the first blow with a second period fall. Nick Benson (170lbs) then ensured that the dual would come down to the last match with a first period pin. With the match on the line Ethan Towers (182lbs) brought the fans to their feet, completing a hat-trick of pins to finish the match and claim a 33-28 victory.
Tyler Luppino (220lbs) kicked off the dual with Lincoln Way Central right where the team left off with Minooka, picking up a pin after fighting off a near fall earlier in the first period. Alex Cruz (113lbs) secured his first varsity win in style with a pin, which along with a forfeit propelled the Dogs to an early 18-6 lead. Andy Posledni and Justin Major (132lbs) added pins of their own, pacing Batavia to a 30-12 lead at the half way point of the match. In a case of role reversal, it was now Knights turn to make a run, narrowing the lead to 30-26 before Joe Posledni and Nick Benson both picked up their second consecutive wins by fall giving the Dogs an insurmountable lead on the way to an eventual 42-36 victory.
Last up on the night was a matchup with Glenbard North, the one team in this quad that Batavia had never defeated. Unlike the two prior duals, the opposition struck first with a 9-0 lead after the first two matches. The Dogs were not going down easily and Alex Cruz got them on the board with a 6-5 decision. Andy Posledni secured a perfect record on the night, riding out his opponent after a second period takedown and for the full third period to take a 2-0 decision. Angel Cruz (126lbs) picked a great time for his first varsity victory with a convincing 9-0 major decision and was followed by Justin Major who used an 8-2 decision to give Batavia its first lead. The Panthers responded quickly with a pin from returning state champion Austin Gomez as part of three consecutive wins. Joe Posledni stepped up one more time with his third pin of the night to right the ship and Nick Benson and Ethan Powers secured a major and regular decision to put Batavia back on top by a point. A major decision at 195lbs from the Panthers resulted in the fifth lead change of the match and set up a winner takes all match for Tyler Luppino. To the delight of the Bulldog faithful, Luppino needed only 1:34 to end his match and secure a 31-28 team victory and a clean sweep for the night.
Congratulations to the entire team on securing not only a terrific start to the season, but also a place in Batavia Wrestling history.
11/19/16 - 2016-17 COACHING STAFF ANNOUNCED
We will see some new faces this year in the practice room and matside as long time assistants John Canfield and Greg Schroeder will transition to groom the next generation of Bulldog wrestlers at Rotolo Middle School. Scott Bayer will enter his fifth season as Head Coach of the team and will again be joined by former Head Coach Coach and Illinois Wrestling Hall of Famer Tom Arlis as Assistant Head Coach. Ryan Farwell and Dan Cadena will continue as Assistant Coaches at the Varsity and JV level respectively. Newcomer to Batavia, and Freshmen Head Coach, Rick Miller brings with him a tremendous amount of experience and success as a coach and wrestler and will no doubt be a great addition to the team. The other new face is Edgar Alvarado who will be working as a volunteer assistant.
We look forward to another outstanding season under the leadership of this terrific group of coaches.
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