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Huntley gears up for Harvard tournament

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By Allen Oshinski
Daily Herald Correspondent

Huntley won only three matches on the mat, but still cruised.

Taking advantage of a thin Prairie Ridge squad, the Red Raiders notched 8 forfeits to roll over the Wolves, 63-12, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division wrestling action in Huntley Thursday night.

With a busy schedule upcoming, the Raiders were able to get a few JV wrestlers some varsity experience and still come away with the win.

Tim Podraza at 145 pounds, Jestoni Losbanes at 182 and Christian Benitez at 285 recorded wins, the latter two with pins.

In addition, Joey Armijo (106), Alan Beltran (120), Ricky Vigil (126), Derick Antjuan Gellangarin (132), Ryan Ernst (138), Dylan Macari (170), Mauricio Beltran (195), and Jalen Blanchard (220) won by walkover.

The Raiders couldn't do much against Prairie Ridge stars Travis Piotrowski (113) and Charley Popp (160), who won easily.

"We wrestled mostly our lower level guys today, just to get a match in and get them out there," said Huntley coach BJ Bertelsman. "We wrestled our starters against Piotrowski and Charley (Popp). I wish our guys would have fared better, but those two guys are really good wrestlers for them."

Kevin Irlbacker at 152 pounds recorded the Wolves' other victory.

The Raiders return to action today at the Harvard tournament, where they are the defending champions.

"We want to be two-time champions there," Bertelsman said.

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