Wrestling: For Bremen’s Ricky Olson, weight off, game on
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 19, 2012 10:50PM
Bremen's Ricky Olson (left) wrestles Herscher's Terry Neubeck during the 152-pound match Wednesday, December 19, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 21, 2013 3:30PM
Fresh off his third-place finish Saturday at the 16-team Harvard Invitational, Bremen’s Ricky Olson cruised to a 2-0 run during Bremen’s triangular Wednesday against Herscher and Illiana Christian.
A returning state qualifier, Olson finally was at his proper weight class (152 pounds) Wednesday after competing at 160 or above to start the season.
Olson hit the podium at Harvard despite wrestling up a division. He’s finally feeling at home now that’s he has shed the last of his football weight after manning the defensive line for the Braves.
“I’m wrestling at full performance now,” Olson said. “I think I started the season not fully prepared, mentally or physically, and it kind of showed. (Wednesday) I came out in the right weight and I wrestled way more aggressively.”
Manny Flores added two quick pins at 113 pounds and heavyweight T.J. Walton went 2-0, including a first-round fall, for Bremen.
“Manny’s really hitting his stride right now,” Bremen coach Mike Collins said.
Despite solid showings from Olson, Flores and Walton, Bremen fell 45-27 to Herscher and 44-32 Illiana Christian.
“We’re real green (as a team),” Collins said. “We have a lot of second- and third-year wrestlers up on varsity, and that’s real tough in the south suburbs.”
For Illiana Christian, Zach Groen continued his run of dominance. In a clash of returning Class A state qualifiers, Groen defeated Herscher’s Matt Marcotte by a 13-2 major decision. The contest was a rematch of the 170-pound final Dec. 1 at the Seneca Invitational, where Groen was awarded the upper-weight bracket Most-Outstanding Wrestler.
“I want to win (state),” Groen said. “I’m ranked fifth (in Class A) right now and I’m hoping I can boost it up and make it all the way to the state finals.”
Herscher defeated Illiana Christian 60-19.