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2013 2014 Wrestling: R-B's Sutton top seeds at state

March 19, 2014
By Deb Wright of Richmond Burton High School





R-B's Sutton top seeds at state

By ROB SMITH - rsmith@shawmedia.com

For 35 area wrestlers, the goal of having a place on the awards podium at the state individual finals is still alive.

The three-day tournament begins Thursday with the championships on Saturday evening.

Overall, 672 wrestlers will compete in three classes and 14 weight divisions.

Six area wrestlers received seeds based on winning their sectional tournament. Richmond-Burton’s Garrett Sutton is the No. 1 seed at 160 in Class 2A and Crystal Lake South’s Nick Gil is the top seed at 138 in 3A.

Sutton won state last year at 152 and feels that experience of wrestling in the spotlight will benefit him.

“Knowing that I have a state title, I have a lot more confidence,” Sutton said.

Also in Class 2A, Crystal Lake Central’s Mike Zelasco is seeded No. 2 at 182 and Mike Petersen is No. 3 at 132. In 3A, Prairie Ridge’s Travis Piotrowski is the No. 2 seed at 113 and the Gators’ Eric Barone is the No. 3 seed at 145.

The seeding process has some inequities as only sectional champions are considered for seeds. In cases where top wrestlers are in the same sectional, only one will be seeded.

For instance, the Tigers’ Andrew Marsden and Montini’s Anthony Ferraro have been the top two ranked wrestlers all season by illinoismatmen.com. Ferraro beat Marsden in a close decision in the Lakes Sectional final and is seeded No. 1. Marsden is not seeded but is on the opposite side of the bracket from Ferraro.

Sutton will be joined at state by brothers Gavin (113), who placed second at sectionals, and Grant (126), who was third. Grant Sutton lost his first match of the season in the Lakes Sectional semifinal.

He called the loss a learning experience and was happy it came at sectionals and not state.

“I still have the same goal in mind,” Grant Sutton said. “I’ve just got to work that much harder.”

Rockets coach Bret Wojcik said the goal for the three brothers is not to win a sectional bracket board but a state one. The losses are just good practice fodder.

“The things we have to work on are little things,” Wojcik said. “But they make a big difference.” For complete article see:  http://www.mchenrycountysports.com/articles/2014/02/19/65eaf30384684fb1a13c7fe72b9217d7/index.xml (NWHerald 2/20/14)

Wrestling: Class 2A Lakes Sectional~ winning a sectional title was Richmond-Burton’s Garrett Sutton at 160 in a 25-10 technical fall win against Carmel’s Joe Salvi. Sutton was able to take Salvi down at will in racking up the points.

Sutton is quick and aggressive on his feet in getting to an opponent’s legs.

“I’m always working for takedowns but not getting too sloppy,” Sutton said.

Also qualifying for R-B were Gavin Sutton with a second-place finish at 113 and Grant Sutton, who had his first loss of the season in the championship semifinals but came back to place third. (NWHerald 2/16/14)

RB's Garrett Sutton stays focused:  

Richmond-Burton’s Garrett Sutton and Montini’s Xavier Montalvo looked to be on a collision course for the Class 2A 160-pound state final championship match.

Sutton went undefeated last year in winning the state title at 152 and has not been beaten this season. Montalvo won state at 160 and has been ranked No. 1 most of the season at 160 by Illinoismatmen.com with Sutton a close second.

The collision got derailed with Montalvo bumping up to 170 at the Elmwood Park Regional. He is now ranked No. 1 at 170.

Rockets coach Bret Wojcik said they had no indication of Montalvo going up a weight class.

“Garrett was really excited to wrestle [Montalvo],” Wojcik said. “He was kind of disappointed he wasn’t going to.”

The move gives Sutton (37-0) the top ranking at 160 and makes him the clear favorite to repeat as state champion. The preparation, with or without Montalvo, is the same.

“The focus is going to be on the match at hand,” Wojcik said. “I don’t know that there’s anyone in the state that can hang with [Sutton].”

Sutton will be joined in his pursuit of a state championship by his teammates and brothers – Gavin at 113 and Grant at 126. Gavin (35-3), a freshman, is the only sibling not ranked No. 1. He’s No. 2. Combined, the Sutton brothers are 104-3. (NWHerald 2/14/14)  

Burlington Central Quad:  @ Burlington, RB defeated N Boone, 27-18 & lost to Burlington Central, 51-20.  The Rockets were led by Gavin Sutton (113 pounds) going 2-0, including a 3-0 decision and a pinfall victory.  Jake Holian (132) was also 2-0 with a 10-2 major decision and a pinfall win for RB.  (NWHerald 1/30/14)  

Sutton dominance: Richmond-Burton’s Sutton brothers are putting together a season that may be looked upon as the best in Illinois high school state history by three brothers in a single season.

Garrett Sutton, a senior, is a returning state champion and is undefeated this season. He is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A and recently took over the career wins record for the Rockets.

With 154 wins, Garrett Sutton moved past Jordan Blanton’s previous record of 152. R-B coach Bret Wojcik said Garrett could reach 170 by the end of the season. Overtaking Blanton, who had one loss in his career, is an impressive achievement.

Grant Sutton, a junior, finished fifth at state last year and is undefeated this season. He is ranked No. 1 at 126. Grant recently got his 100th career win.

Gavin Sutton, a freshman, has three losses on the year, all of them to Class 3A opponents. He is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A at 113.

Although the success Garrett and Gavin are having was expected, Wojcik said how Gavin would make the transition from youth/club wrestling to high school wasn’t as certain.

That changed Dec. 27 and 28 at the Berman Holiday Classic in Palatine.

Gavin Sutton lost in the quarterfinals the first day to Zion-Benton’s Anthony Munoz, 2-0. The next day, he came back to win four matches in the back draw and take third place.

What really struck Wojcik was Gavin’s ability to accept coaching and make adjustments after the loss.

“We were really impressed, and it gave us a clue for what we had,” Wojcik said.

The most impressive thing Wojcik has seen in his freshman was his ability to control his opponents from on top, which is both a mental and physical advantage.

“[Gavin] really impressed us with his riding ability. He's really good at not letting people go,” Wojcik said. “It can really break somebody if you’re good at riding.”

One of the biggest factors in Gavin Sutton’s success is learning from his brothers’ experience. Add in Cameron Kennedy, a Sutton cousin who lived with them for three years, and Gavin Sutton is not lacking for wrestling role models or full-time practice partners.

“”It helps a lot having his brothers there. [Gavin’s] got two coaches,” Wojcik said. “He's really got an advantage with a couple of state place winners in his house.” (NWHerald 1/25/14)  

Round Lake Quadrangular:  @ Round Lake, RB dropped all three matches during Saturday's quad with losses to Zion-Benton, 57-12, Crystal Lake South, 52-16, and Fremd, 45-26.  Grant Sutton (126 pounds) and Garrett Sutton (170) each won all three of their matches for the Rockets.  (NWHerald 1/19/14)  

Woodstock North Duals: The Rockets were led by a pinfall win by Garrett Sutton (160) and a 10-7 decision by Jake Holian. (NWHerald 1/17/14)

Grayslake N Quadrangular:  @ Grayslake, RB lost to host Grayslake N, 53-24, and Main South, 45-21.  Gavin Sutton & Grant Sutton each won both of their matches for the Rockets, one by technical fall while the other was a major decision.  Garrett Sutton & Clayton McKimmy also went 2-0 for RB.  (NWHerald 1/12/14)  

Athlete of the Week: GARRETT SUTTON

Richmond-Burton, sr.

Sutton remains unbeaten this season at 22-0 after winning the Berman Holiday Classic 160-pound title Dec. 28 at Palatine. At Palatine, Sutton beat Gurnee Warren’s Emery Parker, 10-6, in the championship match. In the semifinals, Sutton pinned Plainfield East’s Dontrell Bryant in 23 seconds and in the quarters defeated Metea Valley’s Sam Elston, 1-0. Parker is the No. 1-ranked wrestler at 160 pounds in Class 3A by Illinoismatmen.com and Parker and Elston are honorable mentions. Sutton, the returning Class 2A state champion, is ranked No. 2. (NWHerald 1/11/14)  

Marian Central 37, RB 24:  The Rockets got pinfall wins from Gavin Sutton (113), Garrett Sutton (160) and R.J. Heppner (182). (NWHerald 1/11/14)  

Glenbard East quad:  @ Lombard RB went 0-3.  (NWHerald 12/15/13)  

Athlete of the Week: GRANT SUTTON

Richmond-Burton, jr.

Sutton came off his fifth-place finish at state last season and started the year strong. He went 7-0 at the Carmel dual team tournament Nov. 29 and 30 in Mundelein with wins against Carmel’s Kenny Barber and Round Lake’s Danny Arteaga. Barber is ranked No. 11 in Class 2A by Illinoismatmen.com and Arteaga is an honorable mention in 3A. Sutton is the No. 1-ranked 126-pounder in 2A. On Saturday, Sutton won the Tom DuBois Classic at R-B and was named the outstanding wrestler for the lighter weights. (NWHerald 12/14/13)  

Berman Classic:  @ Palatine, RB finished in a tie for 15th with 80 points.  Garrett Sutton (160) won his weight class with a 10-6 decision in the final.  Grant Sutton (126) took first with a 7-2 decision in the final.  The Rockets also got a third-place finish from Gavin Sutton (113)  (NWHerald 12/14/13)  

State wrestling repeats won't be easy for Harvard's Anthony Luis, R-B's Garrett Sutton

By ROB SMITH - rsmith@shawmedia.com

The only thing better in high school wrestling than winning a state championship is winning another one.

Richmond-Burton’s Garrett Sutton and Harvard’s Anthony Luis will try and do just that this year, but it won’t be easy.

That’s especially true for Luis, who will wrestle in Class 2A this season after winning the title in 1A. Harvard moves from being one of the largest schools in 1A to the smallest in 2A.

Luis said, when he heard about the news, he wasn’t too happy but is now looking at it as an opportunity to face even tougher competition that will help prepare him for wrestling after high school.

“At first, I was a little concerned,” Luis said. “I need that in the future.

His approach this year will be the same as it always is, prepare and practice as hard has he can.

“I don’t really think about what I did last year,” Luis said.

Hornets coach Tim Haak said moving to 2A is a little unusual because Harvard’s enrollment has actually gone down the past few years.

“Class A just keeps getting smaller and smaller,” Haak said.

Haak said the only thing his team can control is its attitude, not who they wrestle. The team’s schedule typically includes 2A and 3A competition, along with the best 1A schools.

“It only impacts you in a negative way if you let it be negative,” Haak said.

Sutton is looking not only to repeat his championship but also help his brothers, Grant and Gavin.

“My job is not only to get myself another state championship but to help them win their first,” Garrett Sutton said.  

As a top-ranked wrestler last season, Sutton knows what it’s like to have a target on his back. As a state champion, that target is even bigger.

“It does add an additional chip on my shoulder,” Garrett Sutton said. “It’s the same goal. I know what it takes to achieve it.”

Rockets coach Bret Wojcik said Garrett Sutton needs to fight being complacent, but he isn’t worried about his senior season.

”He’s so focused. He does everything so well. He’s an intelligent young man,” Wojcik said.  

As for having three Suttons in the room, Wojcik said the were just as good off the mat as on.

“They’re just a special breed of kid. They’re so down to earth and coachable,” Wojcik said. “They pick up things from all over the place and bring them back to the room.” (NWHerald 12/6/13)

RB 46, Winnebago 18:  @ Winnebago, Gavin Sutton won by fall at 120 pounds, and Jason Rae won at 145 by fall.  (NWHerald 12/6/13)  

State wrestling repeats won't be easy for Harvard's Anthony Luis, R-B's Garrett Sutton

By ROB SMITH - rsmith@shawmedia.com

The only thing better in high school wrestling than winning a state championship is winning another one.

Richmond-Burton’s Garrett Sutton and Harvard’s Anthony Luis will try and do just that this year, but it won’t be easy.

That’s especially true for Luis, who will wrestle in Class 2A this season after winning the title in 1A. Harvard moves from being one of the largest schools in 1A to the smallest in 2A.

Luis said, when he heard about the news, he wasn’t too happy but is now looking at it as an opportunity to face even tougher competition that will help prepare him for wrestling after high school.

“At first, I was a little concerned,” Luis said. “I need that in the future.

His approach this year will be the same as it always is, prepare and practice as hard has he can.

“I don’t really think about what I did last year,” Luis said.

Hornets coach Tim Haak said moving to 2A is a little unusual because Harvard’s enrollment has actually gone down the past few years.

“Class A just keeps getting smaller and smaller,” Haak said.

Haak said the only thing his team can control is its attitude, not who they wrestle. The team’s schedule typically includes 2A and 3A competition, along with the best 1A schools.

“It only impacts you in a negative way if you let it be negative,” Haak said.

Sutton is looking not only to repeat his championship but also help his brothers, Grant and Gavin.

“My job is not only to get myself another state championship but to help them win their first,” Garrett Sutton said.  

As a top-ranked wrestler last season, Sutton knows what it’s like to have a target on his back. As a state champion, that target is even bigger.

“It does add an additional chip on my shoulder,” Garrett Sutton said. “It’s the same goal. I know what it takes to achieve it.”

Rockets coach Bret Wojcik said Garrett Sutton needs to fight being complacent, but he isn’t worried about his senior season.

”He’s so focused. He does everything so well. He’s an intelligent young man,” Wojcik said.  

As for having three Suttons in the room, Wojcik said the were just as good off the mat as on.

“They’re just a special breed of kid. They’re so down to earth and coachable,” Wojcik said. “They pick up things from all over the place and bring them back to the room.”

Early Success: The season is still young but several area wrestlers are putting their mark on the season already.

At the Moore/Prettyman Invitational in Barrington Nov. 30, Crystal Lake South had two individual champions. Nick Gil won at 138-pounds and Brian Pence at 195 to lead a pack of five place winners for the Gators.     

Also at Barrington, Cary-Grove’s Michael Cullen (113), Johnsburg’s Branden Peshek (132) and Prairie Ridge’s Charley Popp (160) all placed second.

Kyle Fugiel (152), Michael Zelasco (182) and Andrew Marsden all won titles at Conant.

Tigers’ coach Justen Lehr said he was pleasantly surprised at how well his team was prepared at their first tournament.

Marsden, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A by illinoismatmen.com, nearly technical falled the No. 3-ranked wrestler from Bloomington, 15-1, in the finals.

Lehr said Fugiel is motivated this year to get a place on the place winners stage.

“Kyle’s on a mission,” Lehr said. “He’s tired of dressing up for the big dance and not having a date.”

At the Carmel dual tournament, R-B had wins against St. Patrick, Carmel, Waukegan and West Chicago. After a depleted lineup last season, Wojcik said having a larger team that is more competitive is good motivation for everyone.

“Anytime you have more kids in the room there’s more options. You can just do a lot more,” Wojcik said. “Building in some team success helps with that too.”

State Title Hopefuls: In addition to the two state champions, the area returns seven other place winners looking to improve and possibly win a title.

Prairie Ridge’s Travis Piotrowski in 3A and Marsden in 2A both placed third and Gil was fourth in 3A. Marian Central’s Nick Remke, Zelasco and Grant Sutton all finished fifth in 2A and Cullen was sixth in 3A. (NWHerald 12/7/13)

Richmond-Burton 46, Winnebago 18: At Winnebago, Gavin Sutton won by fall at 120 pounds, and Jason Rae won at 145 by fall. (NWHerald 12/6/13)

2013-14 Wrestling Team Preview Capsules

Richmond-Burton

Coach: Bret Wojcik (10th season)

Last year: Third at Hampshire Regional

Top returners: Garrett Sutton (sr., 160), Grant Sutton (jr., 126). 

Key newcomers: Gavin Sutton (fr., 113), Jake Holian (sr., 138), Jason Rae (sr., 152),

Clayton McKimmy (jr., 170), R.J. Heppner (sr., 182).

About the Rockets: The numbers are back up for R-B after a slim year last season with 22 wrestlers in the room. Garrett Sutton returns as a state champion, Grant Sutton as a state placer and Gavin Sutton joins the group as an experienced club wrestler. (NWHerald 12/6/13)

RB wrestling takes 3rd in Carmel tourney

@ Mundelein, RB (6-2) placed third in the Satruday morning tournament & defeated St. Rita, 30-25.  The Rockets lost to Round Lake, 51-19 & Geneva, 55-20.  Gavin Sutton, Grant Sutton, & Garrett Sutton won all three of their matches for RB (NWherald 12/1/13)

Carmel Tournament: At Mundelein, the Richmond-Burton wrestling team went 4-0 on the day including wins over St. Patrick, Carmel, Waukegan and West Chicago. Every match was decided by eight points or less with the closest coming against Waukegan, where the Rockets won narrowly 36-35.

Gavin Sutton (113/120), Grant Sutton (126) and Garrett Sutton (160), won all four of their bouts on the day. Other than a forfeit against Carmel, Garrett did not compete in a match that lasted longer than four minutes, winning in a pin each time.

Grant had one major decision (9-1) and three pin victories at the tourney. Gavin competed in both the 113 and 120 weight class, with three pin victories and one 4-0 decision over Carmel.

• Rob Smith, Patrick Mason and Kevin Meyer contributed to this report. NWHErald 11/30/13


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