Dylan Uzumecki's second trip to the state tournament saw him fall victim to the painful follow the leader format. Sitting with a tough draw, Uzumecki dropped his first match by the closest of margins in a 3-2 loss to the #4 ranked wrestler in the state. His opponent then fell 8-6 to the eventual state champion, denying Dylan a shot at a podium place in the wrestlebacks. While no doubt not the finish to his career he dreamed about, Dylan can be extraordinarily proud of his acheivements since he first walked into the wrestling room as an 8th grader, capped this year by a 40 win season and a conference and regional championship. We appreciate the leadership he has provided to the team and wish nothing but success at the next level.
2/13/16 - UZUMECKI SECURE RETURN TRIP TO STATE
Of the four Sectional qualifiers from Batavia, the only one to survive this weekend's tournament was returning state qualifier Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs). Uzumecki, entering the tournament with only two losses on the season, made short work of his first opponent with a first period win. Things did not go accordiing to plan in the semi-finals as he out-wrestled his opponent most of the match, but could not overcome an early takedown nearfall combination. Dylan kept his cool and clinched his spot in the state tournament with another pin in the semi-final wrestleback, and put a punctuation mark on his day with another win in the 3rd place match, cracking the 40 win mark on the season in the process. This week he has not only the chance to bring home a state medal, but possibly break the single season record for wins which currently stands at 43.
The other "Dylan", sophomore Dylan Doranski (126bs) also showed he will be a force to reckon with in the next two years, winning two consecutive matches in the wrestleback, before falling in a 7-3 decision in the match that would have got him downstate. Not only did Doranski have an impressive strech run which included a top of the podium finish at the Batavia tournament and all-conference honors, but he also joined the prestigous 30 win club, finishing with a record of 32-16 on the season.
Freshman, Andy Posledni (106lbs), picked up a win in his first taste of Sectional action and wrapped up his first varsity season with 27 wins to his name. The Bulldog's final qualifier Seth Winkle also finished his season with 32 wins, and will no doubt be shooting to take the next step by punching his ticket to Champaign as he returns for his Senior year in 2017.
Congratulations to all the wrestlers, and best of luck to "Uzi" has he heads downstate this coming weekend.
2/6/16 - FOUR ADVANCE FROM SECTIONALS
Competing in one of the toughest Regionals in the state Batavia placed 3rd as a team and advanced four individuals to next week's Sectional in Batavia. Leading the way was Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) who secured three first period pins to claim the Regional championship. Uzumecki is now 36-2 on the year and will look to secure a trip downstate for the second consecutive year. Freshmen, Andy Posledni (106lbs) also moved on with a runner-up finish and will be joined by Dylan Doranski (126lbs) and Seth Winkle (138lbs) who both won their "do or die" third place matches in convincing style. Also of note was the performance of Senior, Michael Doranski (132lbs), who finished in fourth place, and in the process moved his career win total over the century mark, ending his Batavia career with 101 wins and becoming only the 10th wrestler in Batavia history to become a wrestling Centurion. Congratulations Michael and good luck to our four Sectional qualifiers next week.
1/23/16 - HOW SWEET IT IS!
Just a week removed from seeing a tournament championship slip through their fingers, the Bulldogs returned to action at the Upstate 8 Conference Tournament. Seeking not only to turn the tables of St. Charles East after a disappointing dual meet loss earlier in the season, but also to secure their first conference tournament crown since 2009. It was a back an forth affair with the Saints over the two days, with Batavia leaving Friday night with a points lead, only to see that reversed in the semi-final round on Saturday. True to their character, however, the Dogs battled in the wrestle-backs to put every wrestler in a placing match for the final round, facing a 9 point deficit.
The final round was filled with drama as St. Charles took care of business in their championship matches at the lighter weights, while Batavia was picking up valuable points in third and fifth place matches. In this stretch Michael Doranski was wrestling as well as he ever has, knocking off an undefeated wrestler in the semi-finals, and punching his ticket for his first conference title with a pin in the 132lb title match. An injury default by Joe Posledni (160lbs) in his title match took the wind out of the team's sails momentarily, but the momentum was quickly restored when Nick Benson (170lbs), down 11-3 in the 3rd period, took his opponent to his back for a thrilling and perhaps pivotal win, bringing the coaches and fans to their feet. Dylan Uzumecki, was dominating again as he has been all year, sealing the tournament crown with a pin in the 220lb title match and securing back-to-back conference titles for himself.
While St. Charles had four champions to the Bulldogs three, it proved once again to be a full team effort that brought home the hardware for Batavia. Every wrestler placed and seven were named All-Conference, including the four in the championship matches and third-place finishers Justin Major (126lbs), Seth Winkle (138lbs) and Derek Nutley (182lbs). Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff on returning Batavia to the top of the podium and ending St. Charles East's four-year run as tournament champions.
1/16/16 - OH SO CLOSE!!
Attempting to win their first championship at their home tournament since 2009, the Bulldogs led the field all the way until the placing matches, battling Wheaton North to the line. The Bulldogs proved once again that the depth of the team makes them very competitive in a tournament format, with every wrestler placing and securing at least one win in the process.
Four Bulldogs made it to the championship mat including Dylan Doranski (126lbs). Doranski, who was unseeded, knocked of the #3 seed in the second round in a tight 5-4 decision, and later in the championship dominated the #1 seed to earn a major decision and lock up Batavia's lone championship on the day. Josh Fischer (113lbs) also upset the #1 seed in his semi-final match on his way to a runner-up finish. Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs), the #6 ranked wrestler in 3A, faced the #1 ranked wrestler in the marquee final of the day. In a closely contested match he ended up on the short-end of a 1-0 decision for his only loss to an Illinois wrestler this year. Uzumecki is now 30-2 on the season, and is certainly aware that he is capable of a very special ending to his career. Derek Nutley (182lbs) was the final Bulldog to end up on the wrong end of a championship match, but was yet another wrestler who finished above his seeding.
Seth Winkle (138lbs) battled back from a semi-final loss to take 3rd with a technical fall and added some valuable bonus points to the team score. Winkle now has 25 wins on the season and has his eyes set on the 30 win club and more. Joe Posledni (160lbs) did not get his first varsity action until a couple of weeks ago as he came back from an injury and seems to be quickly knocking off the rust. Entering the tournament with a 5-0 record, he had a semi-final loss to the #1 seed and ended up with a 4th place finish. Flying under the radar a bit, but with plenty of previous varsity experience as a three year starter, Posledni could make some noise in the coming weeks.
After quarter final losses, and without the benefit of a full wrestle-back, Justin Major (120lbs) and Mike Doranski (132lbs) each ran the table to lock up a 5th place finish. The team rounded out the tournament with three 6th places, one 7th place and a pair of 8th places. At the end of the day the team finished just 4 points behind Wheaton North, but had their best finish in seven years. With the conference tournament coming up next week, if we see the same sort of effort from everyone in the lineup, and the ability to bounce back from a tough loss to pick up crucial points in the wrestle-backs, the Dogs stand a very good chance of competing for another championship.
1/15/16 - SENIOR NIGHT
With Larkin forfeiting ten weight classes, most of the excitement on Senior Night was reserved for the pre-match introductions of this year's class. The only Seniors seeing match action were Derek Nutley (182lbs) and Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) who both secured wins on the night. The final team score was 70-3.
1/7/16 - THIS ONE IS GOING TO STING FOR A WHILE
With a conference championship at stake the Bulldogs headed up river to face their rivals St. Charles East. In what on paper looked to be a very close match, the Saints put on a text book clinic on how to win a dual: Stay off your back when you are a big underdog, tack on bonus points where you are favored to win, and find a way in the close matches to eek out the win. I am sure the team would like to rewind the clock knowing on another night victory could have been there, but unfotunately in life you don't always get a do over. The good news is that there is still plenty of season left, including a chance for redemption at the conference tournament, so no doubt the coaches will use this as an important lesson and get the team refocused on their next goal.
12/30/15 - BULLDOGS CLAIM 6TH PLACE AT DON FLAVIN INVITATIONAL
Batavia locked horns with some terrific competition at the DeKalb Team Dual Tournament over the holiday break, finishing with a 3-3 recoird and placing 6th in the 16 team field. Impressive wins included a 34-30 victory over Pewaukee, ranked #7 in Wisconsin.
12/19/15 - TEAM MAKES HISTORY AT GLENBARD SOUTH TOURNAMENT
In what can clearly be described as a total team effort, the Bulldogs took second place at the Rus Erb Invitational this weekend, topping the 2008-09 team for the highest finish in the decade that Batavia has participated this tournament. Further to the point, they acheived this with a single champion, but made hay in the wrestlebacks, with a total of 10 place winners and plenty of bonus point wins along the way.
Leading the way was Dylan Uzumecki, who continued his undefeated season in winning the 220lb weight class. Dylan Doranski (126lbs) took 4th place with a pin and a pair of technical falls to his name. Matt Sutherland (145lbs) lost his first match and then ran off four straight wins in the wrestlebacks to pick up a 4th place finish as well. Derek Nutley (182lbs) and Tyler Luppino (195lbs) rounded out the last of the 4th place finishers. Lightweights Andy Posledni (106lbs) and Josh Fischer (113lbs) went 4-2 and 3-2 respectively to pick up 5th place finishes, and Curtis Paton (152lbs) secured all three of his wins by pin in picking up 5th as well. Rounding out the placers was Seth Winkle (138lbs) who took the 6th place spot on the podium.
12/17/15 - BULLDOGS SHINE UNDER THE LIGHTS
"The Event II" lived up to the all the hype with the only thing outshining the community support in the stands was the performance on the mat. Whether it was the DJ amping up the crowd, the Santa (All-stater Augie Watson) vs. The Grinch (All-stater and decorated USA Wrestling Greco stud Jonathan Drendel) settling their grudge on the mat, or the stands crammed to capacity with Batavia Wrestling Club youngsters, wrestling alumni and The Dog Pound, the atmosphere was electric. When the main event began the Dogs quickly asserted themselves and made it clear they planned on making this a special night for all in attendance (except perhaps for our friends from the north!). Once the nerves were settled, the team channeled their energy into maintaining control of their own destiny in the conference race, winning 11 of the 14 contested matches included 5 pins, with 285lber D'Andre Meadows putting the exclamation mark on a 52-12 victory over the Vikings with a 1st period pin to end the night.
12/10/15 - BULLDOGS RATTLE THE SABRES
Batavia kicked off their home schedule, squaring off against the Streamwood Sabres in Upstate Eight conference action. Derek Nutley (182lbs) set the tone from the first whistle, racking up 4 takedowns and a reversal in less than 3 minutes, before punctuating his victory with a pin. Tyler Luppino (195lbs), seeing his first varsity action of the season, showed little rust as he dusted his opponent with a pin just 25 seconds into the match. Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) followed suit with a pin of his own to give the Bulldogs an early 18-0 lead. Andy Posledni (103lbs) opened up a close match in the third period with a pair of takedowns and backpoints to earn a 10-2 major decision. Dylan Doranski (126lbs) ended his match just past the minute mark, while Seth Winkle went well into the third period, racking up 20 points to secure a technical fall. Steve Dublin (152lbs) and Curtis Paton (160lbs) ended Batavia's scoring with back-to-back pins as the team coasted to a 51-18 victory and improved their record to 2-0 in conference and 4-7 overall.
12/4/15 - BULLDOGS ROLL IN CONFERENCE OPENER
Batavia got off to an impressive start to the defense of their conference crown winning 8 of the ten contested matches including 7 by way of a pin to win by a final score of 69-7. Included among the wins was Andrew Remaili's first as a varsity wrestler.
11/28/15 - NAPERVILLE CENTRAL RECAP
The Bulldogs faced another triad of traditional opponents at the Naperville Central Quad. Michael Doranski (132lbs) got the team on the board immediately against Downers Grove South with a 7-0 decision. The Mustangs responded with three straight decisons before Curtis Paton (160lbs) stemmed the tide. Derek Nutley (182lbs) continued his strong start to the season with a 7-1 decision and Dylan Uzumecki (220lbs) picked up bonus points with a pin in the closing seconds of the first period. Andy Posledni (106lbs) closed the deficit to nine points with a 4-3 decision, but the Bulldogs never got closer. Freshmen Justin Major (120lbs) picked up a pin to secure his first varsity victory, and a Batavia forfeit at 126lbs padded the Mustangs 37-24 margin of victory.
Next up were the hosts Naperville Central. Seth Winkle (138lbs) had his opponent on his back twice on his way to a 13-2 major decision to give the Dogs an early lead. Steve Dublin (152lbs) extended the lead in a wild affair with a late take down and back points to turn his match around and secure a 13-11 decision. Derek Nutley and Dylan Uzumecki both picked up bonus points with pins to bring the Bulldogs back within two points. Andy Posledni and Michael Doranski picked up decisions, but it was not enough to stem the Redhawk tide late in the dual which ended in a 44-25 loss.
The Bulldogs finished the day on a high note winning eight of the nine contested matches against Lane Tech, comprising five pins and three major decisions. Dylan Uzumecki added a punctuation mark to the 66-12 win with a pin in just 11 seconds.
11/28/15 - FRESHMEN TAKE 2ND PLACE AT WILLOWBROOK TOURNAMENT
Congratulations to Coach Schroeder and the Freshmen team on an impressive 2nd place finish at the Willowbrook team dual tournament.
11/25/15 - BULLDOGS SQUARE OFF AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS IN SEASON OPENING QUAD
Batavia headed to Glenbard North for its traditional pre-Thanksgiving quad against three wrestling powerhouses. For returning wrestlers it is always a great barometer to assess the results of their off-season training, and for the handful of newcomers to the varsity lineup, it provides a taste of what it will take to compete at the highest levels of Illinois wrestling. The Bulldogs coming off another deep run in the football playoffs, and with wrestlers working towards filling a the couple of open weight classes that the team forfeited on the night, showed that they have the makings of a very promising team this season.
First up was Minooka, only a couple of years removed from a string of consecutive state chamionship appearances, and still worthy of Honorable Mention in pre-season polls. It took until the second match for Curtis Paton (160lbs) to record the first match win of the season, coming back from an early deficit to notch a 9-5 decision. Nick Benson (170lbs) recorded the Bulldogs first pin, giving the team an early 9-6 lead. Derek Nutley, after a very impressive football season that saw him set the single season record in sacks, shutout his opponent for a decisive 7-0 decision. The first of Batavia's forfeits at 195lbs was followed by returning state qualifier Dylan Uzumecki's (220lbs) first win of this campaign, restoring the team's lead at 15-12. The Indians took control of the match at this point winning seven of the final eight matches, with the lone bright spot, a pin from Michael Doranski (132lbs). The final tally was a 38-24 Minnoka victory.
The Bulldogs bounced back quickly facing #24 ranked Lincoln Way Central. Curtis Paton opened the dual with a pin early in the 3rd period and Nick Benson maintained the momentun with a 12-3 major decision. Not to be outdone, Derek Nutley put on an impressive offensive display, logging three takedowns in the third period ending the match early with a 17-2 technical fall. Dylan Uzumecki won by forfeit, extending the team lead to 21-6 after five matches. Freshman Andy Posledni (106lbs) earned his first varsity victory in style with a second period pin, restoring the 15 point lead. By the time Dylan Doranski (126lbs) picked up a 7-2 decision, the Knights had closed the lead to nine points, and a decision at 132lbs brought them within six points with three matches to go. Seth Winkle (138lbs) took an early lead in his match, but a flurry at the beginning of the third period left him clinging to a one point lead. Seth regrouped to get a late takedown on the way to a critical win. Sophomore, Matt Sutherland (145lbs), was next on the mat and used a late reversal to clinch a 9-7 decision to put the match away. Batavia secured its first team victory of the season, and Batavia's first at this quad in three seasons, with a final score of 36-30.
The final match of the night was against host and #4 ranked Glenbard North. Once again the Bulldogs got off to a strong start, with Curtis Paton, Derek Nutley and Dylan Uzumecki completing a clean sweep of their three matches in this stretch, punctuated by Uzumecki's third period pin. Andy Posledni continued his strong showing on the night with a 8-7 nail-biter, extending the lead to 15-9. Unfortunately, these were the last team points of the night as the Panthers powered through the lower weights to secure a convincing 51-15 victory.
The team now has a short turnaround before their quad with Naperville Central, Downers Grove S. and Lane Tech, and with the annual "baptism by fire" behind them, I am sure they are excited about taking the lessons learned and the confidence they have gained into Saturday's action.