Junior, Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs), emerged from a talent laden Sectional with an impressive 3rd place finish and will be the 34th wrestler to represent Batavia when he steps on the mat at this week's state tournament in Champaign. With a Regional title to his name, he picked up where he left off with a 6-2 quarterfinal win on Friday night to move him into a Saturday semi-final match up with the #1 ranked wrestler in the state. Dylan wrestled tough, but fell into the wrestlebacks where he faced a decisive win or go home match in the consolation semi-finals. To the delight of his teammates and the Batavia fans in attendance, he came out firing in classic "Uzi" fashion, throwing his opponent to his back towards the end of the first period and earning the pin with four ticks left on the clock. He finished the tournament in style with a 6-4 decision in the 3rd place match, and I suspect, some well deserved confidence that he belongs in Champaign and can wrestle with the best the state as to offer.
Seniors Noah Frazier (195lbs) and Mitch Krusz (285lbs) both won their first match on Friday before dropping into the wrestlebacks before the night was done. Both suffered a similar fate on Saturday morning as they lost closely contested matches that would end their careers at Batavia. While the losses will no doubt sting for some time, the memory of these team captains' contributions to our program over the past four years will last much longer. A two-time Sectional qualifier, Frazier has been a four year varsity starter and ends his career with back-to-back 31 win seasons, and a career total of 88 wins. Krusz started on varsity as a Sophomore, and came back after an ACL injury kept him off the mat his Junior year to have a breakout senior campaign and provided terrific leadership to the team. Both Noah and Mitch will be continuing their athletic careers as football players in college, and we wish them much success and thank them for all they have meant to our wrestling program.
2/7/15 - REGIONAL ROLLER COASTER
Hosting their own Regional, and to steal a phrase from ABC’s Wide World of Sports, the Bulldogs experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Leading the way to the team’s 4th place finish was Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs), who won an overtime thriller to secure his first Regional Championship. Mitch Krusz (285lbs) won two overtime matches of his own to the championship mat, but found himself on the short end of yet another overtime match, securing a runner-up finish. Noah Frazier (195lbs) was the last of the trio of Sectional Qualifiers, who after dropping his semi-final match to the eventual champion, tallied two consecutive wins to take 3rd place and keep his season alive. Five other Bulldogs were able to make their way through the wrestle-backs to put themselves into a win or go home 3rd place match, only to fall one match short of their goal of advancing. Included in the group were 30 match winner Seth Winkle, and 28 and 26 match winners, Dylan and Michael Doranski. Fortunately for these individuals and the team, they will have the opportunity to build on this year’s success and have another shot at advancing to State next season. Congratulations to all the Bulldogs and best of luck next week to Dylan, Mitch and Noah.
1/30/15 - BULLDOGS WIN NAILBITER ON SENIOR NIGHT
Facing the #6 ranked 2A team and local rival Kaneland Knights, the Bulldogs knew a Senior Night win would be no cake walk, so it probably came as no surprise that the outcome of the dual was still in the balance when the teams reached the last match of the night.
The dual started with Senior Mitch Krusz facing a fellow state ranked heavyweight from Kaneland. This was a physical battle from the whistle and turned in the 2nd period with Krusz asserting his dominance with a ride out, and in the process picking up another point for a second stall call on his opponent. A quick escape in the 3rd period and a late takedown locked up the first match for the Bulldogs. Josh Fischer (106lbs) wasted no time extending the lead, needing just 59 seconds to end his match. A forfeit at 120lbs gave Batavia an early 15-0 lead. Bumping up a weight to fill his brothers normal spot, Dylan Doranski (120lbs) ended up on the wrong end of a scramble situation and gave up 5 early points. Starting the 2nd period on top, he was able to turn his opponent to his back and came close to ending the match, but those were the last points surrended by either wrestler, putting Kaneland on the scoreboard. At 126lbs, Seth Winkle squared off with a state ranked Knight, holding his own entering the 3rd period, only to give up a reversal and two near fall points in what was the only scoring of the match. Senior Luke Schulz had his hand raised after an action packed 7-2 decision at 132lbs, and the crowd was then treated to a similarly entertaining 13-5 major by Joe Posledni.
After a Kaneland victory at 145lbs, Senior Eric Wallerstein came out firing with two early takedowns on his way to a 4-2 win, giving the Bulldogs what seemed like a comfortable 15 point lead in the team score. It was at this point that the Bulldogs hit the heart of the Knights line up, facing state ranked wrestlers in 4 of the final 5 matches of the night. After four straight Kaneland victories Batavia was suddenly down a point going into the last match of the night. Fortunately for the Dogs they had Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) to face the last of these state ranked wrestlers, and fresh off of a conference championship, the Junior was determined to make sure the Seniors walked away with a victory on this night, and did it in style with a pin as the clock ran out in the 1st period.
Finishing the night on top with a dramatic 31-26 comeback victory, was a fitting ending for the seven seniors who have seen there fair share of ups and downs over the past four years. We congratulate to Jake Birkhaug, Noah Frazier, Mitch Krusz, Luis Salmeron, Luke Schulz, Eric Wallerstein and Mark Wuerfl on all they have acheived, and thank them for their commitment to Batavia Wrestling. We wish them all the best heading into Regionals and in their lives after graduation. I am sure if they apply the valuable lessons that wrestling has taught them they will be up to any challenge!
1/17/15 - BATAVIA TAKES 5TH PLACE AT HOME TOURNAMENT
The Bulldogs hosted a 19 team tournament, and while only getting one wrestler to the championship match, showcased the depth of the team by placing 5th overall. Any hopes of a serious title run were likely dashed in a tough quarter-final round, after which, all wrestlers except those in the five heaviest weight classes had dropped into the 5th or 7th place bracket. To their credit, 5 of those 9 wrestlers worked their way back to secure a place and valuable team points. The semi-finals dropped four of the remaining wrestlers into the third-place match, with only Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) advancing to the finals and an eventual runner-up finish. Jake Birkhaug (170lbs), Noah Frazier (195lbs) and Mitch Krusz (285lbs) all went on to win the third-place matches. For local media coverage and full brackets, click the links below:
1/15/15 - BULLDOGS SHINE BRIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS
Batavia Wrestling put on a show in every sense of the word tonight, hosting the Geneva Vikings with a conference championship on the line. If that was not enough drama in and of itself, Coach Bayer and a small army of volunteers put on an event that will go down in the history of our program as one of the most memorable ever. Starting with the venue, the Batavia Fine Arts Center, the mat at center stage, the dazzling array of visual and sound effects and topped off by an astonishing crowd of almost 1,000 partisan Batavia fans. While there may have been many first timers, it didn’t take them long to embrace the moment and create an electric atmosphere that at times seemed a bit surreal to those of us who have spent countless hours planted on wooden bleachers surrounded by only the most devoted parents and fans. After a buildup that would have made George Lucas proud, both teams were wide-eyed and primed for action.
The main event started “old school” at 106lbs, and any fear that the team would experience “stage fright” was quickly dispelled by Josh Fischer, who demoralized his opponent, taking him down almost at will in the 2nd and 3rd period and eventually falling just a point short of a tech fall. With the crowd now in full voice, Dylan and Michael Doranski brought them to their feet with consecutive pins in less than 30 seconds with almost mirror image cradles. At 126lbs, Seth Winkle faced a more formidable challenge and entered the 3rd period leading by a single point and his opponent needing just an escape to tie things up. Winkle was relentless in his ride, and as the clock ticked down the last 30 seconds, he seemed to draw on the energy and excitement of the crowd to secure another win for the Bulldogs.
Geneva was able to stem the tide in the next match as state ranked Colin Parsons earned a major decision, but was denied repeatedly the opportunity for more by a game Luke Schulz. Joe Posledni (138lbs) faced off against long-time nemesis Jordan Soto, and in typical fashion showcased a flair for the dramatic on a stage designed for such. Falling behind early, Posledni clawed his way back into the match with a Granby and picked up some valuable back points in the 3rd period to secure what I understand is his first career win against Soto. State ranked Mike Huck looked very impressive in earning a major decision at 145lbs, and Brock Perry earned a second consecutive win for the Vikings at 152lbs. With the visitors momentarily quieting the crowd and seemingly poised to make a run of their own, Matt Pohorsky (160lbs) took to the mat and exhibiting his typical fearless and aggressive style, was able to build an early advantage and came close to picking up back points several times. His opponent, perhaps sensing Pohorsky’s desire to please the crowd, was able to catch him out of position on a couple of occasions to remain in striking distance, coming breathtakingly close to turning the match in his favor in the waning moments, but Pohorsky had a big enough tank to hold on as the clock went to zero. In what was now becoming a pattern, Jake Birkhaug (170lbs) also had to come back in his match, getting a late escape and last second takedown in the 2nd period to move ahead 3-2, and like Winkle, he was able to get a 3rd period ride out to secure the victory. Derek Nutley, continuing to impress since his move up to 182lbs, did the honors in guaranteeing Batavia a team victory with a comfortable decision. In the lowest scoring match of the night, two state ranked wrestlers in Noah Frazier from Batavia and Austin Chaon squared off. With neither wrestler able to produce an effective offense, the match was won in the top position by Chaon with a 3rd period ride out and a narrow 1-0 victory. In the last two matches of the night, Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) and Mitch Krusz (285lbs) returned to the lineup and made their presence immediately felt with a pair of first period pins, putting an exclamation mark on an impressive victory over their rivals and securing an undefeated conference championship.
Congratulations to Coach Bayer and his entire team on providing those in attendance a night to truly remember.
1/3/15 - BATAVIA STAYS UNBEATEN IN CONFERENCE DUALS
The Bulldogs had a pair of home duals against #24 ranked McHenry and conference rival Elgin. In the opener, the Warriors proved worthy of their ranking and two loss record with a convincing 51-15 victory. The Bulldogs, still missing a couple of key starters, will probably look back at some opportunites to keep this match closer, particularly in limiting bonus points. Bright spots were three hard fought decisions from Michael Doranski (120lbs), Nolan Adams (145lbs) and Eric Wallerstein (152lbs). Noah Frazier (195lbs) rounded out Batavia's scoring with the first of his two pins on the day.
In the second dual, the Bulldogs faced an undermanned, but plucky Elgin Maroon team. Having to forfeit 5 matches to the Bulldogs made the outcome of the dual almost a foregone conclusion, but those in attendance we rewarded with some spririted matches. The Dogs prevailed 5-4 in matches wrestled, but Elgin continued to keep the match close at 17-12 through the first six weight classes. Michael Doranski (120lbs) gave the team a great start with a 15-0 tech fall and Seth Winkle extended the lead with an impressive 5-1 decision. Joe Posledni (138lbs) increased the lead with a first period pin and Eric Wallerstein (152lbs) matched Doranski and Frazier's with an unblemished record for the day. The final score of 51-15 moved the Bulldogs to an 11-10 overall record in dual meets, and to 5-0 in the Upstate Eight with two more duals between them and an outright conference title.
12/28/14 - BULLDOGS SPLIT MATCHES AT DON FLAVIN INVITATIONAL
After a brief Christmas break, the Bulldogs returned to action at the Don Flavin Invitational hosted by DeKalb. The team dual format is the only one of its kind on the schedule and guarantees plenty of match action for the entire team. The Dogs were a little under manned with 3 stalwarts having to sit out the tournament with injuries and illness, but got off to a strong start in Day 1 pool action, downing Plano and Johnsburg in succession before falling to the host Barbs in the night cap.
Facing Plano in the first dual, the Reapers (what a great mascot!), built an early 22-6 lead before the Bulldogs stormed back starting with a 1st period pin from Michael Doranski (120lbs). Seth Winkle (126lbs) matched Doranski and was followed in succession by decisions from Matt Sutherland (132lbs) and Quin Catihamer (138lbs), the latter pressed into his first varsity action at the last minute. Eric Wallerstein (152lbs) added to the lead and Jake Birkhaug, dropping down to 170lbs, closed out the 38-27 victory with a convincing major decision.
The script for Johnsburg was quite different with the Bulldogs streaking to a big lead before their opponents clawed their way back to keep things respectable. Derek Nutley (182lbs) set the tone with a 15-0 tech fall to start the dual, followed by a major decision from Noah Frazier (195lbs). A couple of forfeits padded the Bulldogs lead and then Michael Doranski picked up his second pin of the day. Matt Sutherland had the final pin of the match as the Dogs cruised to a 42-25 victory. In the last match of the day, Batavia was matched up against former conference rival DeKalb, and despite some close matches, was generally outclassed by the Barbs. The only bright spots were Nutley's third win of the day and a pin from freshman Dylan Doranski as DeKalb rolled to a 51-9 victory.
With a 2-1 record, Batavia earned a spot in the top bracket for Day 2 and drew Moline in their first match. The Maroons proved to be a tough test earning bonus points in six matches on the way to a 45-13 victory. Seth Winkle, Derek Nutley and Noah Frazier were the only Bulldogs to come out on top. To their credit the team picked themselves up and dusted off York in their next dual winning 9 of 13 contested matches. The team registered pins from Josh Fischer (106lbs), Winkle, Wallerstein, Birkhaug and Frazier. This victory earned them a rematch with DeKalb in the 5th place match in what turned into an almost mirror image of their meeting 24 hours earlier. For the tournament Derek Nutley went a perfect 6-0, Seth Winkle, Noah Frazier and Dylan Doranski picked up 4 wins, and Michael Doranski, Matt Sutherland, Eric Wallerstein and Jake Birkhaug all went 3-3.
12/20/14 - BATAVIA TAKES 4TH AT GLENBROOK SOUTH TOURNEY
The Bulldogs showcased their team depth with nine placewinners, carrying them to their best finish at the Glenbrook South Tournament since 2009. Leading the way, as he has much of the season, was Mitch Krusz (285lbs). Krusz was unscored upon in the tournament on the way to his first varsity championship, while also keeping intact his undefeated season. Noah Frazier (195lbs) also impressed, recording three pins on the way to a third place finish, with his sole loss, a 6-4 decision to the undefeated champion in the semi-finals. Freshman Dylan Doranski (113lbs) has quickly shown he is ready for varsity action, and solidified his credentials with a third place finish of his own. Like Frazier, his only loss was to the eventual champion and he improved his overall record to 12-5 on the season.
The Bulldogs kept battling throughout the two day tournament, with six wrestlers fighting through the wrestlebacks to the 5th place match, with four of them winning their final match. Among these were Seth Winkle (120lbs) who put together three wins in a row, with no more more than a two point margin of victory in each, to finish 4-1 in the tournament. Derek Nutley (170lbs) also had a big second day picking up pins in 0:19 and 1:49, before putting an exclamation mark on his fifth place finish with a tech-fall in 3:00. Joe Posledni (138lbs) also picked up a pair of pins for important bonus points for the team and Luke Schulz (132lbs) finished the day with a 16-4 major decision. Rounding our the place winners were Jake Birhaug (182lbs) and Michael Doranski (120lbs).
Congratulations to the entire team on an outstanding performance as they head into a short holiday break from action. This is definitely something they can build on as they head into the Don Flavin Dual Team Tournament
12/18/14 - BULLDOGS DOUBLE DOWN IN UPSTATE EIGHT ACTION
Batavia kept its conference record unblemished with two convincing victories against somewhat undermanned Larkin and West Chicago squads. Facing Larkin, the Dogs won 8 of the 11 contested matches with the lower weights taking full advantage of bonus point opportunities with back to back 1st period pins from brothers Dylan (113lbs) and Michael Doranski (120lbs). This achievement was matched a few minutes later by Luke Schulz (132lbs) and Noah Adams (145lbs) as the Bulldogs rolled to a 60-10 win.
The Wildcats from West Chicago provided a bit more of a test with the Bulldogs securing victories in 6 of the 10 contested matches. Jake Birkhaug (182lbs) and Derek Nutley (170lbs) provided bookend pins to start and finish the dual, and Joe Posledni (138lbs) added one of his own. Seth Winkle (120lbs) kept the scorekeepers busy in his 17-5 major decision and the Doranski brothers both won to go 2-0 on the night. The final margin of victory was 60-12.
12/12/14 - BATAVIA DEFEATS 2X DEFENDING CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
Over the past two years, St. Charles East have been the toughest obstacle Batavia has faced in reaching their goal of a conference championship. Last night, the Bulldogs took a big step in rectifying the situation with a convincing 35-18 road victory against the Saints.
On an evening when it would seem that every point would count, Dan Ngo (160lbs) battled courageously to save a point in his eventual loss to Keone Derain, a returning state qualifier from St. Charles. Derek Nutley (170lbs) took an early lead, and had an impressive 2nd period ride out before closing out his 7-2 decision with a pair of 3rd period takedowns. Jake Birkhaug (182lbs) followed, giving Batavia its first lead of the night with a 3-0 decision. Batavia's upper-weights continued to impress as Noah Frazier (195lbs) notched a 5-3 decision, followed by an exciting 11-5 win for Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) in a match that featured two of the more athletic big men you will see. Unfortunately, the crowd was denied the opportunity to see the Mitch "Krusz Missile" unleashed as promised by Coach Bayer, as the Saints forfeited the the 285lb weight class. As the dual made the turn to the 106lb weight class, Josh Fischer put on a wrestling clinic, wearing down his opponent with repeated takedowns and turns for back points, and with an 18-4 lead and a technical fall in the bag, was able to finish the match with a pin to grab the extra point. Dylan Doranski (113lbs) added a pin of his own, stacking up his opponent in the blink of an eye off a fast paced scramble early in the 3rd period. To their credit, even staring at a 29-5 deficit, there was no quit in St. Charles as the matches came to the heart of their lineup, but tough, smart wrestling by the Dogs denied them any bonus points in their three consecutive victories. With the outcome of the match still in the balance, Joe Posledni (138lbs) avenged his loss in last year's dual, picking up the decision in an "edge of you seat" 15-12 match showcasing some moves I have never heard of (Northern Plains anyone?) and guaranteeing victory for Batavia. In the last match of the night, Eric Wallerstein (152lbs) picked up the team's 9th win after a wild 3rd period that saw him finish with a 12-10 decision.
12/5/14 - BULLDOGS RATTLE THE SABRES
Batavia opened their Upstate 8 campaign with a dominating performance against Streamwood, securing bonus points in 11 of the 13 contested matches including nine matches that were ended early with the referee slapping the mat! Among those winning by pin were 160lb freshman Mike Batuch wrestling his first varsity match. Oddly the final score of 72-3 matched the margin of victory against Lane Tech last weekend.
11/29/14 - BULLDOGS BOUNCE BACK AT NAPERVILLE CENTRAL QUAD
Looking to build on the experience of the season opening Glenbard North Quad, the Bulldogs returned from a Thanksgiving break with redemption on their mind and swept the Naperville Central Quad for the first time in six years.
Throughout the entire quad the depth and quality of the Bulldogs upperweights was on display for all to see, with Derek Nutley (170lbs), Jake Birkhaug (182lbs), Noah Frazier (195lbs), Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) and Mitch Krusz (285lbs) going a collective 15-0. Facing the Downers Grove South an early decision win by Seth Winkle (120lbs) was quickly erased by the Mustangs who built a 15-3 lead before Dan Ngo picked up his first win of the season at 152lbs. The aforementioned big boys picked up the slack and after Dylan Uzumecki's pin, claimed a lead they would not relinquish, with Dylan and Michael Doranski closing out the match with wins Batavia secured a 33-22 win over the #18 ranked Mustangs.
A similar script played out against Naperville Central with freshman Dylan Doranski picking up an early 4-2 decision followed quickly by the season's first tech fall courtesy of Seth Winkle. Matt Sutherland extended the Bulldogs lead with a second period pin at 132lbs, but by the time the match got to 160lbs, the Redhawks had a 20-14 lead. Benson (160lbs) evened things up with a 2nd period pin and by the time Mitch Krusz picked up a 3-0 decision, the Dogs had an insurmountable lead. The 42-20 final score gave Batavia their first win against Naperville Central in six years.
Lane Tech gave the coaches a bit of a breather, as the team raced out to a 18-3 lead with pins in three of the first four matches delivered by Michael Doranski (120lbs), Seth Winkle, who also went undefeated on the day, and Luke Schulz (145lbs). The Dogs kept the pedal to the metal going undefeated in all remaining matches, and with the added benefit of three forfeits, Batavia walked away with a 72-3 win.
11/26/14 - SEASON OPENER IS AN UP AND DOWN NIGHT
Never ones to duck a challenge, the Bulldogs kicked of their 2014/15 campaign with the traditionally rugged Glenbard North Quad. Facing Glenbard North, a team that has qualified for team state in each of the past five years, and Minooka who has one team state championship and two runner-up finishes in that same period of time, is a great measuring stick when you aspire to reach that level of consistency. While the results on this night suggest the team is a work in progress, there were a number of bright spots and every reason to believe that the Dogs can be a vastly improved team when the state tournament rolls around if they continue to commit themselves to improvement on a daily basis in the way they have.
In the most compelling dual of the night, the Bulldogs battled in a back and forth affair with Minooka, fighting back from an early deficit to claim the lead late in the match, but eventually falling just shy of a victory in a 35-28 loss. On the other end of the continuum, Glenbard North got off to a very impressive start to the season, dominating in each of their three duals including a lopsided victory over Batavia. In the other dual of the night against Lincoln Way Central, Batavia secured five matches, but fell 41-21 to solid Knights team.
Individually the Bulldogs got impressive contributions from Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs), who picked up a pair of pins, and middleweights Matt Winkle (126lbs), Joe Posledni (138lbs) and Luke Schulz (145lbs) who all went 2-1 on the night. Also notching their first wins of the season were Noah Frazier (195lbs) and brothers Dylan and Michael Doranski (113lbs and 120lbs).