Wrestling: Oak Forest steamrolls Riverside-Brookfield for quarterfinals spot
By Mike Clark email@example.com February 25, 2014 11:00PM
Updated: February 25, 2014 11:04PM
The best news for Oak Forest’s wrestlers Tuesday came before they stepped on the mat for the Class 2A Bremen Sectional.
The Bengals learned that junior Francis Edelen, who had to default in the 2A 106-pound title bout in the individual state tournament Saturday, could be back in the lineup this weekend in the team state tourney.
The positive vibe continued in the sectional, as Oak Forest cruised to a 66-3 victory over Riverside-Brookfield.
The Bengals, ranked third in 2A by IllinoisMatmen.com, will meet No. 10 Harvard — a 57-12 winner over the hosts at Lakes Tuesday — in the 2A quarterfinals on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
“With good luck, he’ll be ready to go Saturday,” Oak Forest coach Shawn Forst said of Edelen, who suffered a mild concussion in the final against Rich Central’s Jabari Moody. “He looked good (Tuesday). He took a bunch of tests ... the trainer was very positive.”
So are Edelen’s teammates when they consider the prospect of getting him back.
“It’s pretty awesome,” junior Mousa Jodeh said. “It helps out the team a whole lot now that he’s coming back.”
Jodeh helped out the Bengals on Tuesday. In a match-up of state qualifiers, Jodeh won a 9-0 major decision at 132 over Antonio Ochoa.
“I wrestled all right,” said Jodeh, who was sixth at 132 in 2A over the weekend. “I wish I had done a little better like everybody else did, tech (fall) and pin their kids. But it’s OK.”
In a meet that started at 170 pounds, Oak Forest had falls from Evan Broniarczyk (182), Nick Graziano (195), Mike Zamiar (106), 113 state champ Danny Swan (120), Collin Sleeman (152) and Joe Muller (160).
Other winners for the Bengals were Alan Durham (126) and David O’Donnell (138) with tech falls, Joe Barker with a major decision at 170, Geri Mallett (220) and Rob James (285) with decisions and Zain Zahran (113) by disqualification.
“Riverside-Brookfield is a very respectable program,” Forst said. “I know the score looks like we dominated it on the mat, (but) they have a lot of talented wrestlers.”
So do the Bengals, who could be getting another one back in a few days.