This upcoming weekend Chicago will travel to Angola, IN to compete in the 2015 Trine Invitational. Hosted by the Trine Thunder, this will be the team’s first tournament of the 2015 season. Coming off a heartbreaking loss to North Central in the season opener, the Maroons look to stand out among some very good competition. Once again sporting a very young lineup, the team looks to improve upon the results of the last match against North Central, which ended in a tiebreaker. Unfortunately, the Maroons were unable to come through with the win, but this performance still shows the determination the team has throughout the match as a whole.
Despite this tie, it should be noted the Maroons also had to forfeit at the 141 weight class, which gave North Central a six point edge. We also saw notable performances from first-year John Jayne, who pinned his opponent, as well as second-year Graham Grant, who won in a major decision with a score of 10–2. With great performances from these two young wrestlers, as well as an overall great showing from the entire team, this close loss can only fuel a fire for the team to come out from the tournament with a victory.
As for the competition, Chicago will contend against the host team Trine, as well as John Carroll, Indianapolis, Olivet, Muskegon, Baldwin-Wallace, Indiana Tech, Manchester, and none other than North Central. The Maroons will surely want to gain revenge against North Central, as well as prove themselves worthy against the rest of the competition.
Going into the match, Chicago will sport its own ranked wrestler, Devan Richter, who is currently ranked eighth in the 125 pound class by InterMat.com. There are also several other ranked opponents who will be featured in this contest. In the 141 pound class, Zane Corey of Muskegon Community College is ranked sixth by InterMat.com. Not only that, but Muskegon Community College will bring four other ranked wrestlers: TJ Barnes, who is first in the 157 pound class; Davon Jackson, who is third in the 165 weight class; LaVonte Perdue, who is third in the 184 pound class; and Josh Colegrove, who is fifth in the 197 pound class, all according to InterMat.com. Alma will also bring its own ranked wrestlers, including fifth-ranked Shawn Brewer in the 157 pound class, tenth-ranked Jamie Jakes in the 197 pound class, and finally third ranked Trevor Maresh in the 285 pound class.
The team has some tough competition to face going into this match, but they are certainly well prepared to make a mark at their first tournament action of the year. What is notable about tournament style wrestling is the fact that a wrestler can wrestle against any other wrestler he wants to in his specific weight class. Second-year Nick Ferraro said, “Coach Kocher has the tough job of picking the starter in a room full of wrestlers, and now that we have a tournament he can really set a solid lineup for future duals,” which shows the importance of each wrestler’s performance in this tournament. A standout performance from any single wrestler could set them up for a starting position for the rest of the season.
Look for a great presentation from Ferraro, who took third place at this tournament last year but would follow up later in the season to beat the first place finisher, and Louis DeMarco, who had an impressive match against North Central.
The Trine Invitational kicks off this Sunday at 10 a.m.