ALL-AREA WRESTLING 2019
First team: Keaton Zeimet, Sophomore, Central DeWitt
The season: Zeimet dominated his sophomore year all the way to his second state appearance. He recorded just one loss at state, pinning the No. 2 seed to clinch third place at 106.
The last word: He is the most unparalleled worker I have ever been around. It extends in all aspects of his life. He lives what we call a championship lifestyle. The reason I enjoy what he brings is the unbelievable lifestyle he lives, and it is a model for the rest of our team. -Central DeWitt coach Matt Ohnemus
Second team: Jaxon Bussa, Sophomore, Camanche (24-15)
Robert Howard, Sophomore, Central DeWitt
The season: Howard was the runner-up at the sectional meet, moving on to districts in front of a home crowd. There, he fell just short of state again with a third place finish. His final record was 22-2.
The last word: There’s a lot to be excited for. He sacrificed a lot this season, dealt with an illness that sidelined him for two weeks, he did everything we asked of him and more to get there, just came up short. That’s the tough thing. -Central DeWitt coach Matt Ohnemus
Second team: Matthew Harris, Freshman, Princeton
First team: Colton Linke, Sophomore, Morrison
The season: Linke rode a 37-9 record all the way to state this year, where he made the podium in Champaign with a sixth place finish at 120.
The last word: It drives me for next year. I’m motivated to work harder and place even higher next year. -Colton Linke
Second team: Ben Vogel, Junior, Camanche (31-13)
First team: Eric Kinkaid, Freshman, Camanche
The season: Eric Kinkaid recorded just eight losses (40-8) in his first year as an Indian. That earned him a runner-up position at districts and a trip to the state tournament. There, he took down a No. 4 seed in his first round and wrestled his way to a fourth place finish.
The last word: Eric’s success cannot be described as a surprise, but it was definitely a fresh and exciting opportunity to have a ninth grader rise to the level of ability this quickly. If you beat Eric, you better hope you don’t have to see him again.” -Camanche coach Brent Carstensen
Second team: Ethan Doty, Sophomore, West Carroll (45-0)
First team: Brennan Kramer, Sophomore, Camanche
The season: Kramer was one of the Indians’ standout underclassman. He worked his way to a trip to the Class 2A district meet at Central DeWitt, where he missed out on a state berth with a fourth place finish. He finished 27-16.
The last word: Brennan is a fighter. He has shown skills growth this year also, but his main success has come to him because of his ability to fight the entire match and find a way to win. -Camanche coach Brent Carstensen
Second team: Dallas Krueger, Junior Rockridge (33-6)
Honorable mention: Ryan Kennedy, Junior, Morrison (31-10)
First team: Carter Donavan, FR, Central DeWitt
The season: Donavan finished just under .500 in his first year wrestling at 16-20, but managed to qualify for the district meet after a runner-up performance at sectionals. He then fell short of a state berth with a fourth place finish.
The last word: He was a tough freshman. He had some freshman slumps that you take. And like a shot in the arm, he beats the Assumption kid. I think it helped him realized it was paying off, he has so much potential, and he can use it as a springboard into his sophomore year. -Central DeWitt coach Matt Ohnemus
Second team: Kayden White, Freshman, Morrison (28-14)
First team: Nolan Throne, Junior, Rockridge
The season: Throne had just one regular season loss and made it all the way to the championship round at the Illinois High School State Wrestling Tournament, where he narrowly fell in a 3-0 decision to be state runner-up
The last word: Nolan is a great kid that has put in a lot of work to get where he is today. He’s a great role model for young kids on the mat and he also has a great mullet that he grew for wrestling season! -Rockridge coach Lucas Smith
Second team: Ethan Wilkens, Senior, 8-10
First team: Cade Everson, Sophomore, Camanche
The season: Everson was one of six Indians to qualify for the Central DeWitt district meet, and barely missed his first trip to state. He ended up third in that Class 2A district meet with a 31-8 record.
The last word: Talent, Talent, Talent. He can be as good as he decides to be. He has talent to be a state champion, he just has to mature into that and believe he can do it. -Camanche coach Brent Carstensen
Second team: Kyle Guilliams, Senior, Clinton (29-10)
First team: Baylor Crigger, Senior, Camanche
The season: Crigger made his second appearance at state this year and finished it with a third place medal. He went 45-2 his senior year, heading to Loras to wrestle at the collegiate level.
The last word: He has a calm aggression. He’s an excellent kid, hard worker and good leader. Not only is he driving himself to have a good season but he’s setting an example in the room to carry on with the rest of our young team.” -Camanche coach Brent Carstensen
Second team: Trystan Altensey, Junior, Riverdale (21-0)
Honorable mention: Jasper Luckritz, Junior, Clinton (20-10)
First team: Eric Campie, Senior, Camanche
The season: Campie had another successful year with the Indians, finished with a 36-5 record in his senior campaign. He barely missed a return trip to the state tournament, finishing in third place at the Central DeWitt district meet.
The last word: His advantage is that he wrestles like he is a 113-pounder. He’s very scrappy. -Camanche coach Brent Carstensen
Second team: Calvin Naftzger, Senior, Erie-Prophetstown, (27-6)
Honorable mention: Trevor Bitner, Senior, Clinton (22-13)
First team: Gabe Friedrichsen, Senior, Erie-Prophetstown
The season: Friedrichsen ended his high school career on the podium in Champaign, finishing with a 39-4 record in fourth place at 182-pounds.
The last word: Gabe is a hardworking and dedicated individual and was a good leader for our team on and off the mat. -E-P coach Tod McCullough
Second team: Logan Waltz, Sophomore, Camanche (30-12)
Honorable mention: Evan Bly, Freshman, Fulton (8-6); Logan Pitts, Senior, Central DeWitt (17-13)
First team: Ethan Barry, Junior, Clinton
The season: Barry boasted a 27-5 record on the year, and just missed a repeat state berth due to a wrestleback at the district meet. Barry placed at the 2018 state tournament.
The last word: He mentally got a lot better over the past year. Last year, he wanted to go out and pin everybody in 20 seconds. Now he knows that against good kids, he’s not going to be able to do that. He’s got to stay within his head and wrestle the full six minutes. -Clinton coach Dustin Caldwell
Second team: Bryan Caves, Sophomore, Riverdale (37-1)
Honorable mention: Mitchell Michoski, Senior, Central DeWitt (17-14)
First team: Eli Pannell, Senior, Fulton
The season: The 39-0 Pannell didn’t lose a single round his senior year, getting the state title. He also set the school records for career and season pins at Fulton High School.
The last word: It’s one thing that works for Eli and all other guys who have found success. It’s offseason. Going to do tournaments and wrestling the best kids in this area, and we have the best. Go get beat up by them and you get better. -Fulton coach Chris Grant
Second team: Hunter Randall, Junior, Clinton (28-8)
Honorable mention: Riley Wilkens, Senior, Morrison
First team: Max Pannell, Sophomore, Fulton
The season: Max Pannell set himself up to be one of the leaders on a very young Fulton team. He had an excellent season at 195 and moved up to 285 in hopes of making a run in the postseason. He finished the year 29-7.
The last word: We’re looking forward to him being an uppclassman and getting us back down to state. He’s a heck of a wrestler and very stubborn. -Fulton coach Chris Grant
Second team: Logan Lee, Senior, Orion (21-1)
Honorable mention: Cole Miller, Sophomore, Central DeWitt (16-16)