Two former Mid-Suburban League wrestlers became hall of famers last month when the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Association held its 48th annual banquet in the Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom in Countryside.
Entering the hall as 2018 inductees were Daniel Weber (Conant) and David Stoltz (Hersey).
Weber, a two-time IKWF state champion, was coached by IKWF Hall of Famer Fred Arkin, who provided a solid technical foundation. Weber was coached by Bob Streepy at Jane Addams Junior High in Schaumburg.
He also played football, soccer and starred in the Conant musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' his senior year.
Coached by IWCOA hall of famer Jim Cartwight, Weber was a four-time state qualifier and the first four-time Mid-Suburban League wrestling champion. As a senior he went 50-0 and won the 152-pound state championship finishing with a 159-16 career record.
In 1993, he made the USA Cadet World Freestyle team.
Weber wrestled for Indiana from 1996 to 1998 and transferred to Wheaton College, where he compiled a 54-4 record over two seasons. He won the 2001 NCAA Division III national championship and was third in 2000.
Upon graduation, he served as an assistant under his Wheaton coach Seth Norton and became the Thunder's head coach before he and his family prepared to move to Zambia as missionaries.
In recent years, he has provided color commentary on live broadcasts of the championship matches at the Pete Willson-Wheaton Invitational, and in October of 2016 he was inducted into the Wheaton College "Hall of Honor' in recognition of his accomplishments as a wrestler.
Weber thanked his dad (Mike), mom (Martha) and brother (Ron) for their support of his outstanding wrestling career.
Stoltz was a 1995 state champion for hall of fame coach Rick Mann at Hersey, where he was on the honor roll for four years. He was fifth in 1996 and third in 1997 while posting a 133-9 career record.
He was the Cadet Greco national champion in 1995 and Cadet national runner-up in Freestyle and Greco in 1994.
Stoltz was a Junior Greco national champion in 1996 and runner-up in 1997 and a three-time USA World Team member. He traveled to Poland and Hungary for tournaments.
He won the Cadet Belt series for earning the most points in the cadet division.
Stoltz won the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award in 1997 and went on to wrestle at Illinois under hall of fame coaches Mark Johnson and Jim Herrena. He was a two-time NCAA qualifier.
After graduation, he owned and managed his own auto detail shop and body shop for nine years. He was also an assistant coach at Prospect and Palatine for several years and is currently the Director of Operation at Auto Image Plus.
Barrington senior Luis Cossio IV, the 2017 IHSA 400-meter state champ, has signed a national letter of intent with Notre Dame.
"I am extremely thankful to everyone," he said. "Especially my coaching staff, for everything they have done for me over the years in order to prepare me for this next chapter of my life."
Cossio IV had also taken official visits to Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois and an unofficial visit with Wake Forest. He also communicated with Virginia and Alabama.
Cossio IV hopes to join the Mendoza College of Business as a sophomore at Notre Dame.
• Augustana senior Evan Murphy (Buffalo Grove) was 12th in the 300-meter steeplechase at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Senior teammate Josh Yamamoto (Fremd) ran 53.59 in the 400 hurdles to finish 22nd.
North Central sophomore midfielder Christina Truver (Fremd) was named to the North All-College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin first team.
A second-team All-CCIW last season, Truver has put up 44 goals and 17 assists this season while leading the Cardinals in ground balls (62) and caused turnovers (34). She also established a new North Central single-season record with 118 draw controls.
Truver ranks first in the CCIW and 25th nationally among NCAA Division III players in draw controls per game (6.94) and established a new single-game school record for draw controls with 13 on March 21 at Colorado College.
Truver matched her record draw-control total on Apr. 21 against the University of Dubuque.
• Illinois Wesleyan junior midfielder Dani Engelbreit (Conant) became the first Titan to win the CCIW Offensive Player of the Year honor as she finished with 17 goals and 7 assists in six CCIW contests this season.
Augustana junior Emily Lucnik (Schaumburg) had 11 caused turnovers (second on the team) this season. She also scored 21 goals, collected 22 ground balls and controlled 25 draws.
Illinois Wesleyan sophomore Peter Trunk (St. Viator) became the first Titan since 2015 to win CCIW 'Newcomer of the Year' honors. He finished with 26 goals and 9 assists in CCIW competition.
North Central sophomore Brianna Ergastolo (Prospect) played in 15 rounds this spring for the Cardinals and shot a season-low of 88 strokes. Her highest place finish was tied for 15th at the Benedictine Fall Invite on September 16-17.
Four members of North Central recently wrapped up their seasons.
Junior Jake Braceros (Elk Grove) played in 74 sets this season and recorded 159 kills. He also posted 30 blocks, 18 assists, and 12 digs. Braceros was a first-team All-MCVL selection. North Central won the MCVL outright title as they went undefeated (9-0) in the regular season.
Junior Bozhidar Kolev (Schaumburg) played in 81 sets and recorded 184 kills. He ranked second on the team with 22 service aces. Kolev posted 110 digs and 31 blocks.
Junior Kevin Messer (Hersey) played in 44 sets, recording 36 digs, 18 kills, 6 assists, 6 service aces and 4 blocks on the season.
Junior Raymond Kraus (Elk Grove) played in 67 sets collecting 25 digs, 16 blocks, 15 kills and 4 service aces. He was also second on the team with 143 assists.
Augustana senior Eric Pohl (Fremd) and partner Sam Trotten have 66 career wins together, making them the winningest doubles team in school history.
Pohl and Totten led the way in the final regular season dual meet of their respective careers defeating David Demoll and Shawn Sabaricos of Elmhurst 8-2 at No. 1 singles as the Vikings won the meet 9-0 in Elmhurst.
Oakton first baseman Dan Sullivan (St. Viator) leads the Owls with 49 RBI, a .664 slugging percentage and 7 homers. In the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division III baseball poll released on May 1, Oakton (33-15) is ranked No. 10.
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