Despite being a young team with only one senior in the mix, Woodstock North’s wrestlers have celebrated some big accomplishments this season.
“We have a solid core group of guys,” said Thunder head coach Tim Creighton. “… We are experiencing more ups than downs against teams that have history in wrestling.”
Through Jan. 20, WNHS has a record of 15-9 overall and 2-1 in conference competition. Leading the charge has been sophomore Eddie Flores (152 pounds), who has maintained a personal record of 11-2 since the beginning of January. At the Amboy Varsity Tournament, Flores pinned every single opponent and his total mat time was under 1 minute, 41 seconds.
“Juniors Nicco Mazzanti (145) and Chris Flores (220), sophomore Cole Walkington (120) and freshman Carter Miller (106) are doing real well and having a good season,” Creighton added. “We just had a hiccup on [Jan. 20],” when the team fell short in its first conference loss at home against Harvard 54-15 and Antioch 52-9.
“Because we have eight varsity spots to fill for a total of 14 to compete, unless I fill in with [junior varsity], we forfeit six points per weight class,” said Creighton. “JV guys usually do well, but this Friday did not go our way and we did not wrestle well.”
“We look at our head to head matchups,” Creighton continued. “It’s not about giving up forfeits. That’s what we focus on during those kinds of duals. We have some kids coming in from junior high, and we have good wrestlers. It’s just hard to throw a freshman in the varsity lineup.”
WNHS held its senior night Jan. 20 and celebrated its lone senior, Nathan Estrada (132), with an announcement of Estrada attending McHenry County College in the fall.
“Estrada is one of the hardest working guys in the room, a good kid and wrestles in a tough weight class,” said Creighton.
The Thunder face Marengo and McHenry this week before taking on crosstown rival Woodstock High School away Friday, Jan. 27.
Creighton said his team plans to go back to basics and work on their bottom game and get ready for regionals.
“That’s where we seem to struggle, getting out from the bottom,” he said.
WNHS will host IHSA Wrestling Regionals at home at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.