Batavia’s wrestling community once again rallied together to host a top flight home tournament and the home team did their part to make sure there was plenty of excitement on the mats. When the dust settled the Dogs have claimed second place in a 19 team field and crowned two individual champions in Mikey Caliendo (138lbs) and Justin Major (152lbs). A special congratulations to Andy Posledni (145lbs) who not only went 4-1 to take 3rd place, snd in the process, secured his 100th victory as a Bulldog and joined some very distibguished company in the Centurion Club.
The Bulldogs gave long time rival and #10 ranked St.Charles East a real run for their money in a pivotal DuKane Conference matchup, but ultimately come up on the wrong end of a 34-28 final score. As is often the case between these two teams the match came down to a handful of swing matches, and on this night the Saints had the upper hand. Certainly no need for the Bulldogs to hang their heads and I am sure that they will have some added motivation for likely re-matches at the conference tournament in a few weeks. For local media coverage of the meet, click the links below:
Batavia made the trip south to Granite City to battle some of the best teams from Illinois and Missouri and finished a very respectable 10th in the 30 team field. Mikey Caliendo (138lbs) led the way with a 7-1 record including six wins by fall or tech fall and a 2nd place finish. Other place winners were Andy Posledni (145lbs) who chalked up six victories on his way to a 4th place finish, followed my Justin Major (160lbs) who took 5th, Adan Mendoza (195lbs) who placed 6th and a pair of 8th pace finishes from Angel Cruz (152lbs) and Dart McGee (170lbs). The battle tested Bulldogs return north to face off with local rival St. Charles East in a DuKane Conference matchup on January 3rd.
After more than a decade of participating in the Rus Erb Invitational hosted by Glenbrook South, the Bulldogs finally climbed the mountain and walked away with the tournament championship. This was a true team effort, with 9 wrestlers earning top 6 podium spots with some really solid work done through the wrestlebacks. Leading the way was Batavia's lone champion Mikey Caliendo (138lbs) who shocked the crowd with an upset of an undefeated defending 2A state champion in the semi-finals and a dominating win on the championship mat. He earned the outstanding wrestler award at the tournament and was later voted the GO EARN IT Wrestler of the Week from Illinois Matmen. Andy Posledni (145lbs) and Justin Major (160lbs) also made it to the championship mat and took home 2nd place. Alex Richards (220lbs) epitomized the grit the team displayed, and after losing his first match, pinned his next five opponents, including a rematch of his only loss, to take 3rd place. Adan Mendoza (195lbs) also took home 3rd place and the Cruz brothers, Alex (132lbs) and Angel (152lbs) both earned 4th place honors. Rounding out the placers were Dylan Roman (106lbs) and Jacob Randall (182lbs) who both finished in 6th place.