Six years after first walking into a wrestling room for the first time, Connor McKeehan had the opportunity to do what many dream of and few achieve; to walk out onto the mat at the State Championship as a competitor. Nerves are often a factor for a young man on his first trip to the state tournament, but if Connor was feeling any, it was certainly hard to tell. Even after falling behind in each of his matches, you always had a sense he had one more trick up his sleeve. That confidence was on immediate display in his first match when trailing late in the 3rd period, he was able to work his way out of the back door and take his 31 win opponent to his back and tally the pin with 23 ticks left on the clock. His quarterfinal ended in a loss to the eventual 6th place finisher, moving him into the do or die wrestlebacks. In the first of these matches an early deficit seemed to flip a switch and Connor came out swinging in the 2nd period. After a battle on the edge of the mat he threw is opponent to his back and kept him there for his second pin of the tournament. This set up a rematch of the Regional final with Lucas Warren of Marmion, and looking to avenge that loss, Connor seemed to decide early that win or lose, this match was going to be wrestled on his terms. What followed was an upper body tie up early in the first period, with both wrestlers fighting for position and seemingly intent on ending the match early, unfortunately for Connor it was his opponent who got the edge, ending Connor's career just one win shy of a medal. While his trip to Champaign may have fallen just short of his goal of a spot on the medal stand, his journey over the past six years as a student, athlete and young man can be considered nothing less than an overwhelning success, and almost certainly a sign of great things ahead of him in his life. Congratulations once again to Connor and best wishes for a bright future from the entire Batavia wrestling community.
2/16/14 - MCKEEHAN PUNCHES TICKET TO STATE
After a trip to Sectionals as a Sophomore, Connor McKeehan (220lbs) had to watch from the sidelines as a Junior with an injury that kept him out of the State Series, leaving him one last shot at reaching the State Tournament and coming back with a medal. On Satruday he was able to check the first of these goals off his list with an impressive 2nd place finish, and now has a great opportunity to bring back some hardware from Champaign next week. Connor's tournament begin with his 25th pin of the season and he followed that up on Friday night with a 5-3 descision. In Saturday's semi-finals he faced off against local rival Anthony Napolitano from Waubonsie Valley, and turned an early deficit into a convincing 15-7 victory to punch his ticket to the Sectional final and the State Tournament. In the final he faced the #3 ranked wrestler in the state and ended up on the short end of a 6-1 decision, but still was able to leave the mat knowing his dream was still alive as his career extends for one more week. Junior, Noah Frazier (195lbs) picked up his 30th win of the season with a closely contested 3-2 decision in his first sectional match, before dropping into the wrestle backs after a 4-1 loss in the quarter-finals. Noah bounced back early on Saturday with another win before his breakout season ended one week earlier than he would have hoped. We are hopeful like Connor and others before him that Noah will take the next step as a Senior and we will see him in Champaign next year. The last sectional qualfier, Freshman Joe Posledni, lost his first match to the eventual Sectional runner up and bounced back with a valiant effort in the wrestle backs only to fall short of his goal of advancing. No doubt the experience is one he will learn from and use as motivation going forward, and we are excited about the potential that Joe has demonstrated at Sectionals and throughout the season.
2/8/14 - BULLDOGS ADVANCE THREE TO SECTIONALS
The finality of Regionals competition, especially for Seniors, adds an element of urgency and drama rarely witnessed leading up to this point in the season. In a day of mixed results for the Bulldogs, the placing matches saw four wrestlers with a chance to punch their ticket to Sectionals. In the 113lb 3rd place match, Michael Doranski had a re-match from the recent conference tournament, and in what proved to be a closely contested match, his opponent's first period takedown turned out to be the ultimate margin of victory. As a sophomore who finished the season with 29 wins, I expect this will add fuel to the fire as he prepares for next year. Freshman Joe Posledni had a similar win or go home scenario in the 126lb 3rd place match, and wrestled a spirited match that was in the balance until the final buzzer. The key sequence occured in the 1st period when Posledni turned the tables on his opponent who was well positioned for a takedown to secure one of his own and tack on a couple of backpoints on his way to an 11-9 victory. After a long wait Noah Frazier took the mat in the 3rd place match at 195lbs. Both wrestlers spent most of the first two periods hand fighting looking for an opening, and it was not until the 3rd period, with the match tied 1-1, that Frazier was able to finish a shot for the all important first takedown. With his confidence building he followed this up later in the period with a similar move to take control of the match, punch his ticket as a Sectional Qualifier, and put himself within one match of reaching 30 wins for the season. Connor McKeehan had already locked up his spot for next week in a wild 8-7 victory in his semi-final match, interestingly the first of his 25 wins on the season where his opponent did not end up staring at the lights! The pace of the championship match was quite different, with Connor's opponent getting a 1st period takedown after a brief scramble and then using his strength and size to control the match on top to secure a 4-0 win. It should also be noted that Regionals was the last time we will see Seniors Marc Goodin, Trevor Kligallen and Nick Offutt in action. Each of them made important contributions to the team this year, with Marc battling through injuries to provide some highlight reel pins, including a couple today, Nick working hard to get the most our of his talent and ending the season with 19 wins and a winning record, and Trevor wrapping up his 3rd year as a Varsity wrestler with his highest single season victory total. We wish them well, and expect that the lessons learned through wrestling will help them succeed in the next chapter of their lives.
1/31/14 - BATAVIA LOSES A NAILBITER
The Bulldogs faced off in a non-confernce dual against long-time local rival Kaneland. As has so often been the case in these matchups over the years it was a closely fought affair, with the outcome of the dual still in the balance going into the last match of the night. Unfortunately this time it was the Knights who prevailed to claim local bragging rights.
1/26/14 - IMPRESSIVE SHOWING FROM THE BULLDOGS AT UPSTATE 8 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
The maturation and depth of the Bulldogs was on full display this weekend at the conference tournament. With a 4th place finish as a team and 10 top five individual finishes, the most of any team, Batavia sent a clear message that they will be a team to reckon with in years to come. Leading the way was 220lber Connor McKeehan who pinned his way through the field to claim his first conference title. It wasn't easy though in the final, as he trailed 8-6 in a wild affair with less than a minute left before he sealed the deal. Noah Frazier was the team's other finalist and came up just short of titles in back to back weeks, falling in a physical 1-0 match. Nate Kearney (182lbs) and Dylan Uzumecki (285lbs) recovered from semi-final losses to win their next two matches and locking up 3rd place and All-Conference honors. Nick Offut (170lbs) was the sole 4th place finisher, and the Dogs went 5 for 5 in the 5th place matches, with Michael Doranski, Seth Winkle, Marc Goodin, Trevor Kilgallen and Jake Birkhaug all claiming a spot on the podium. In total Batavia won 8 of the 10 place matches they contested in the final round. Congratulations to the team on an impressive day.
1/19/14 - FRAZIER TOPS PODIUM AT BATAVIA TOURNAMENT
Noah Frazier (195lbs) picked an opportune time to win his first major varsity tournament, sealing the deal with a decisive 10-0 major decision in the championbship mat to the approval of the home crowd. Connor McKeehan (220lbs) followed him on to the mat, and after tying the match at the end of regulation, ended up falling in OT to Luis Hernandez of McHenry, the #11 ranked wrestler in the state. Also earning medals on the day were Jake Birkhaug (160lbs) and Nick Offutt (170lbs) who both took fourth after losing to the eventual champion in the quarterfinals and coming back through the wrestle-backs to go 3-2 on the day. Overall the team finished 7th in the 18 team field. For local media coverage and full brackets, click the links below:
1/12/14 - WRESTLING UPDATE
On heels of a pair of Upstate 8 dual meet victories earlier in the week against Elgin and Larkin, the Bulldogs entered Saturday's dual meet with a shot to upset favored St. Charles East and earn a share of River Division title. St. Charles, took the early lead and were up 15-0 after the first three matches and look to be running away with the dual, but Batavia's upper weights were able to stem the tide after a OT victory by Nick Offutt (170lbs) and pins from Noah Frazier (195lbs) and Connor McKeehan (220lbs). After a forfeit win at 285lbs, the attention turned back to the lower weights with the score tied. Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Batavia, as the experienced and talented Saints lineup ran the table to an an eventual victory. The Dogs dropped the second dual of the day to local rival West Aurora by a margin of 38-27. The team picked up a pair of match wins from Frazier and McKeehan, and were aided by three forfeit victories that kept the final score respectable. The final match of the day was against Schaumburg who proved to be the class of the field going 3-0 as a team on the day after a victory over Batavia. Congratulations to Connor McKeehan on his three victories and three pins which proved to be one of the few highlights for Batavia.
12/29/13 - BULLDOGS SPLIT DUAL MEETS AT DON FLAVIN TOURNAMENT
The Bulldogs spent the past two days competing at the Don Flavin Tournament in DeKalb. The following recap of the dual meet format tournament is provided courtesy of Coach Bayer: We achieved mixed results in DeKalb this weekend going 3-3 in matches and taking 2nd in the Consolation bracket. As a young team we competed and got better and there were strong efforts each time out. Big congrats to Noah Frazier for going 6-0 over the weekend and now has quietly gone 12-1 since dropping to 195....and he's not quite in mid season shape. Solid performances over the weekend were also turned in by Michael Doranski and Dylan Uzumecki who both went 5-1, and by Connor McKeehan (4-2 with 4 pins), Seth Winkle, Joe Posledni and Nick Offutt also 4-2. One other point of note was the 72 points scored against Burlington Central in a 72-6 victory, which ties a school record for most points in a dual meet, last recorded in a 72-0 white washing of Lane Tech in 2005-06.
12/22/13 - BULLDOGS PLACE 6TH AT GLENBROOK SOUTH TOURNAMENT
Led by 5 place winners, Batavia took 6th in the 18 team Glenbrook South Tournament. Leading the pack was Connor McKeehan (220lbs) who made short work of his first two opponents, before falling to the undefeated and #2 ranked 2A wrestler on the championship mat. Noah Frazier (195lbs) continues to improve each time out, and after a 4-1 weekend, with a single close loss to the eventual champion, walked home with a 3rd place finish. Also finishing on the medal podium were 6th place winners Jake Birkhaug (160lbs) and Nick Offutt (170lbs). Birkhaug went 4-2 and Offutt had pins in each of his three victories. Michael Doranski (113lbs), Heisham Chastari (132lbs) and Nolan Adams (138lbs) all went 2-2 with each of them picking up 1 or more pins.
12/22/13 - FRESHMEN SHOW THEIR METAL AT WEST AURORA QUAD
The following account is a re-post of Coach Schroeder's posting on Facebook. Looks like the team learned some valuable lessons today: We wrestled today at West Aurora in a dual meet tournament. We went 2-1 on the day and took 3rd out of 8 teams. In our first dual we took on Sandwich and beat them pretty handily 65-6. We then wrestled West Aurora who proved to be a tough and very physical team. We did not come out to battle and we lost 45-23. They put it to us plain and simple. Our boys knew it and we asked them to come back and compete like they could. Simply, Coach Cadena and I asked for them to give everything they have and never back down from someone or be intimidated. The mindset is to never fear anyone and be tough. If you fear them you are already defeated. It's a physical sport, but so much of it is mental. You have to believe you can beat anyone. There is no room for doubts or fears and it's always better to be the aggressor and put the fear in them! You have to believe in yourself all the time. If you are down in a match you fight for pride, your family, teammates, school, and coaches. We wrestled Waubonsie Valley next who beat us by double digits in our dual versus them a couple weeks prior. You could feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins even before the dual started. The boys responded and came back and wrestled like they can. Scoring bonus points, battling and not giving up in any match! We won our last dual 40-35 and we all felt very proud! Raised our heads again and felt good about how we finished the day.
12/21/13 - BATAVIA ROLLS TO ANOTHER UPSTATE 8 VICTORY
Facing an undermanned St. Charles North team, the Bulldogs evened their conference dual meet record at 1-1 with a convincing 57-18 victory.
12/14/13 - KANELAND FRESHMAN AND JV RECAP
Thanks to Coach Schroeder for the following report from this weekend's Kaneland Tournament:
The day was long, but it was filled with success and the boys had fun being together! Thank you to all of the parents who came out and cheered on the boys, they sure loved the support. What impressed me the most was the fight our guys had throughout the tournament! Life lessons were surely gained and you can't beat that. No official team score was kept, but you had to figure by my calculation we dominated.
Results: We had four champs on the day. Seth (Ironman) Winkle (120) Seth just got over being sick and came out ready to wrestle, he goes after it! Joe Posedni (126) Joe is really starting to come into his own and is getting better everyday, he is never satisfied and that's a good thing. Stay thirsty! Matt Pohorsky (182) Matt is back! He competed for the first times this weekend and is looking head. Wicked headlock for the pin in the finals. Dylan Uzumecki (220) Dylan is starting to look like a potential beast. He crushed his opponents. A kid that big moving and hitting nice shots is a dangerous man! Gotta love him attacking on his feet!
We had a number of placers as well. Mark Wuerfl (98) Took 2nd. He was jumping up and down with excitement prior to his first match! " Good to be back coach, I get to wrestle" Brought a smile to my face! After he pins the kid in 30 seconds " Coach, anything I need to work on"? Love it!
Andrew Esch (98) Took 3rd he battled and is getting a mean streak in him!
Rich McKenna (106) Took 4th Rich won his first wrestling match ever in a barn burner 18-16!!
Luke Schultz (120) Took 2nd he looked good. He was attacking on his feet well and making improvements all day!
Chris Jordan (132) Took 3rd. Chris has a lot of toughness in him! Once, he starts figuring out his style watch out!
Heisam Chashtari (132) Took 5th he lost his first match and come back winning his next couple of matches. Never give up on yourself! Good finish Heisam
Curtis Paton (145) Took 3rd he has made big improvements since last year. Proud of you Curtis Paton
Dan Ngo (145) Took 3rd. Dan is looking good and his double leg I don't think anyone can stop it! He is relentless and when he stares into his opponents eyes as he said " I see that he is breakable"
Derek Nutley (160) Took 5th. Derek lost his first match 10-8 in the last couple of seconds. That kid went on the pin everyone else. Derek went on to win his next 3 matches. What impresses me is he didn't make excuses, he just keeps looking at what he can improve on. He's figuring out a lot everyday and I love watching him grow, compete, and improve as a young man daily.
Jeremiah O'Brien (182) Took 3rd. He sure is making something of himself and his hard work over these last 3 years is paying off. He has shown up to everything worked hard and has a never quit attitude!
Colin Holden (195) Colin goes after it and will fight every match, although many of his opponents are a lot stronger he will wear them down and then put it on the them!
D'Andre Meadows (285) The silent giant D'Andre fought hard and once he gets on top watch out. He is strong and will put you on your back.
Good job this weekend proud of you! See you boys at practice tomorrow, although he did very well. We have a lot of work to do and things to improve on that us coaches saw!
12/13/13 - BULLDOGS UPSET WARRIORS IN DRAMATIC STYLE
The Bulldogs have faced their fair share of adversity in early season action as the young team has locked horns with some of the state's top ranked teams and had to contend with the delayed return to action of a number of wrestlers coming off the run to the football state championship. Tonight, however, the fans in attendance got to see a glimpse of the team's bright future as the Bulldogs upset a lineup from Waubonsie Valley sprinkled with highly ranked wrestlers that was fresh off a 2nd place finish at the Stagg Tournament.
The dual started at 220lbs, and setting the tone for the night, Dylan Uzemecki went toe to toe with the #10 ranked wrestler in the state and held him to a narrow 3-0 decision. Connor McKeehan bumped up to 285lbs and unleashed his vicious headlock to dispatch his opponent midway through the 1st period. A forfeit at 106lbs padded the Bulldogs lead, and Michael Doranski extended it to 16-3 with a dominating major decision at 113lbs. Luke Schulz had the crowd on the edge of the seats in a back and forth affair at 120lbs, but after giving up an early takedown, he surged back in the 2nd period on his way to a 7-2 decision. The Bulldogs maintained their momentum in the next two matches as freshmen Joe Posledni and Chris Jordan both clawed their way back into their matches in the 3rd period, with Posledni erasing a 2-0 deficit with an escape and takedown followed by a ride out for a 3-2 victory in regulation, while Jordan extended his match to overtime with a late takedown and secured the victory with another in the extra period.
The Warriors were staring down a 25-3 deficit as they reached the heart of their lineup and went on to win 5 of the next 6 matches. The lone Batavia victory in this stretch belonged to Jake Birkhaug at 160lbs, but the Bulldogs fought ferociously to preserve precious team points, with one of the most impressive performances of the night turned in by Nick Offutt holding his opponent to a simple decision at 171lbs. By the time we reached the last match of the night, Batavia had a precarious 2 point lead and Noah Frazier took the mat with the outcome of the match in his hands. After a a scoreless 1st period in which both wrestlers were feeling each other out, Frazier opened the scoring with a 2nd period escape, and starting the final period on top, created separation with 3 back points in a tight cradle that brought the crowd to the their feet and finished out the match with a 4-1 decision to clinch the 31-26 victory. Congratulations to Coach Bayer and the entire team on an outstanding performance.
12/5/13 - GUTSY PERFORMANCE FROM THE BULLDOGS
In their Upstate 8 opener, the Bulldogs faced a much improved Geneva team on their home turf. The gym was packed with fans from both teams creating and a great atmsophere for what proved to be an exciting back and forth dual. With a lineup comprising four promising freshmen at the lower weights and six other wrestlers just coming of a football state championship with only 1-2 practices under their belts it was clear from the outset the Bulldogs had their hands full. While the match was split evenly in terms of match wins, the Vikings bonus points ultimately earned them a narrow 29-24 victory. I am certain that once the returning football players are in wrestling shape and down to their weights and as some of the young talent gains valuable experience there will be brighter days ahead this season, there is one thing we should not have to worry about is the heart, desire and class of our team which was on full display.
10/31/13 - BULLDOGS WELCOME COACH RYAN FARWELL
We very pleased to announce the addition of Ryan Farwell to the coaching staff. Prior to joining Batavia staff, he was a graduate assistant coach for two years at Division III powerhouse UW-La Crosse under Coach Dave Malecek. Competitively, Ryan was a four time state placer and two-time state champion in Missouri. He wrestled at the collegiate level for UW-La Crosse for four years and was a three-year starter, graduating in 2011 with a degree in physical education with a coaching concentration. Coach Farwell currently holds a master's degree in physical education and adventure education and teaches PE at Batavia High School. We are very excited to have his experience and energy in the practice room this year.