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2014 IKWF State Championships Recap

Posted by Elias Medina at Mar 16, 2014 1:04PM PDT ( 1 Comment )

In our 5th season the Junior Raiders attended the IKWF State Series with 15 qualifiers and made the state of Illinois take a double take at what these boys accomplished! 12 of 15 boys came home with All State Honors. 7 of 15 kids were in the semi Finals. 6 out of 7 wrestlers in the semis made it to the finals (tied with the Harvey Twisters for the most Finalists)and 4 individuals were crowned State Champions. Begin the action was Juwan Robinson who was on the big stage for the 2nd time in 3 years and beat Alex Harvey (Rochelle WC) (Dec 7-4) to claim his second state title in the 138lb senior division. Wrestling at the same time on the big stage was Fidel Mayora who beat David Ferrante (Red Raiders Wrestling Team) (Dec 6-2) to capture the Novice 101lb state title. Next up was Ronald Tucker who was on the big stage for the second year in a row but this time would not be denied of his 1st state title beating Chase Tatum (Tiger Town Tanglers WC) (Fall 2:21) to win the Novice state title in the 215lb division. Dylan Burnoski had been to the finals 2 years in a row before getting knocked out in the 1st round of last years event, made it to his 3rd finals match and beat Austin Rudsinski (Lincoln Way WC) (Dec 4-2) in a rematch of last weeks Sectional finals to win the senior 84lb division. Jimmy Pierandozzi made it to the finals match but lost to Joshua Ogunsanya (Harvey Twisters WC). Baylor Fernandes lost in a very close match, in the final period of the 115lb senior bracket to Brett Hammel of West Hancock 10-7 . Here are the 6 All State wrestlers places. Alex Villar 4th place 74lb Novice, Matt Ramos 4th place 70lb Novice, Ashton Breen 8th place 89lb Novice, Donovan Ford 4th Place Novice, Kaleb Thompson 6th place 79lb Novice, and Tyler Krause 8th place 89lb Senior. A special mention to Tyler Krestel, Corey Sapp and Vince Ochoa who qualified for this event and although did not place put it all on the mat! We took 2nd place in the Novice Division and 6th in the Senior division which put us in 2nd place overall with 9 less wrestlers than Martinez Fox Valley Elite. Words cant explain what these boys accomplished this weekend, we were the talk of the event and confirmed one thing………..these boys are GOOD! Go Raiders


Congratulations to Lexi Krestel as she won the Individual State Title in the Girls Elementary Division. Lexi went 3-0 on the day and beat Catherine Steinkamp (Quincy Cyclones Wrestling) (Dec 1-0)in the finals. Lexi becomes our clubs 1st State Champion the Girls Division. Way to go Lexi………….Go Raiders!


Three Junior Raiders claimed individual titles this past weekend at the Bantam Championships in Bolingbrook. Leading the way was Josh Vazquez who became the 1st back to back champion from the Junior Raiders. Josh beat Ethan Olson from the Force 2-0 in the finals. Aidan Scholwin made it to the finals for the second time in as many years and was crowned champion by defeating Caleb Noble from Waukegan. Rylan Breen won his 1st Bantam title by going 4-0 on the day and beating Crosstowns Kamrin Cox 6-4 in the 66lb bracket. AJ Villar took 2nd place for the second year in a row and lost a close match in the finals, Keith Whiatker also made it to the finals and lost to the defending Bantam Champion Jack Lesher from SCN in the 74lb weight class. Ryan Krestel took second at the event as a 7yr old, he lost a decision to the returning Champion Deion Johnson in the finals. 12 out of our 17 boys went on to place at this weekends event. Here is the list of our kids that medaled Jean Luc Guerra 49ln- 6th place, Colin Kacena 49lbs 3rd place, Michael Major 52lbs 4th place, Marcus Poe 52lbs 5th place, David Mayora 62lbs 3rd place,and Luke Liberatore 70lbs 3rd place. Great job by the next generation of Bolingbrook Junior Raiders!

Raiders Place 3rd AT IKWF Senior Duals

Posted by Elias Medina at Jan 28, 2014 9:25AM PST ( 1 Comment )

I would like to congratulate the Junior Raiders on their 3rd place finish in the IKWF Senior State Duals. This was the 1st year we participated in this event (top 12 clubs in the state have to qualify) and we placed in the top 3. The team beat Sycamore in the 1st round 68-30, then beat the Southern Divisional Champions Crusaders Elite 57-37, then we lost in the semis to the eventual champions and 3peat champions Martinez in a thrilling meet that came down to the last few matches 46-35. We ended the evening by defeating the Northern Division Champions Crystal Lake 60-30 in the 3rd place match. I am very proud of the boys and the way they competed this weekend, and look forward to this event next season. Go Raiders!

Raiders Place 3rd At The Midget Duals

Posted by Elias Medina at Jan 28, 2014 9:13AM PST ( 0 Comments )

I would like to congratulate our 10 and Under Team for their success at the Midget Duals this past weekend in New Lenox. The team went 4-1 on the day and placed 3rd by defeating Tinley Park (2x defending champions)36-33, the team was losing going into the final match and David Mayora pinned his opponent to secure the victory! The Raiders lost a close dual to the Celtics in pool play that came down to the final match. The team was giving up 4 forfeits in each dual (24points)and still were able to place top 3. Hats off to the next generation of novice/senior wrestlers! Go Raiders!