IKWF State Recap 2016
Congratulations to our Junior Raiders who competed at the IKWF State event in Rockford this past weekend. 12 wrestlers qualified for this event, 9 of the wrestlers came home with All-State honors, 6 made the finals, and 1 came home with a State Title. Nick Stemmet went 4-0 on the weekend and Beat Mikey Bosco 9-0 in the finals to win his 1st State Title. Robert Major had a great weekend and made it to the finals but came up a little short of capturing his 1st title. Ison Robinson returned to Rockford after losing his only match last year to go on a outstanding run and made it to the finals but lost a close 0-2 decision. James Pierandozzi (2x champ) was in one of the most exciting finals this weekend and came up just a bit short losing 1-5 to Fabian Lopez in the finals. Jake Mensik also making his 1st trip to Rockford was a memorable one as he went 4-1 on the weekend and had to face Kevin Countryman for the 3rd straight week but lost a close 0-3 match in the finals to come home with runner up honors. Kaleb Thompson after making the trip 4 years in a row and making the podium 4 of those years made the finals by winning a thrilling semifinal match in overtime. He lost a close decision to Vinny Zerban in the finals 0-5. Three more Junior Raiders placed this weekend Jacob Mumm placed 3rd going 5-1 on the weekend, Ashton Breen also placed 3rd going 5-1 (only loss was in the semis 1-2), and Javen Estrada placed 4th going 4-2 on the weekend. I am very proud of our boys that competed in what many would argue as the toughest state tournament in our Nation. As a team we went 44 wins and only 15 losses (76% winning percentage) making us the #1 club in the state with at least 10 wrestlers. Our success is something we should ALL be proud of, parents, coaches, volunteers, grandparents, and of course our wrestlers.