Wrestling: Three things learned
January 2, 2014 7:58PM
Updated: February 4, 2014 6:28AM
1. No blemishes for Johnny Gahagan. The St. Laurence senior improved to 19-0 with his championship at the 32-team Berman Classic. Maybe more impressive was the way he won. Gahagan (138 pounds) secured four pins in four matches en route to the title after a first-round bye.
2. Francis Edelan should not be overlooked. The Oak Forest junior sits at 23-1 after conquering the 106-pound bracket at the Berman Classic. It can be easy to look past Edelan because the wrestler a weight class above him — Danny Swan — is the reigning Class 2A state champ. Oak Forest finished second overall at Berman.
3. Joey Nelson is more than a leader. The Lincoln-Way Central senior is a stud. Nelson (132 pounds) improved to 26-1 after winning his division at the 24-team Granite City Tournament. Fellow team captain Bryce Gorman said Nelson is “one of the most laid-back people you’ll ever meet,” adding that Nelson helps keep the team loose before competition.