Monday, June 26, 2017

DGS Summer Camp Updates

While school has only been out of session since June 8th, it has been a very busy summer thus far for the DGS Wrestling program.  Since we have an abbreviated summer due to the school calendar changing, we have packed in a lot of wrestling in the month.  We have completed a couple camps and will finish off with two weeks of our own camps and once again we will be traveling to the Midwest Nationals in Bloomington, IL.

June 27- Summer League at York HS
June 28- DGS Summer Camp (workout at MFC in Darien)
June 29- DGS Camp
July 5- Summer League at Hinsdale Central
July 6- DGS Summer Camp
July 7-8- Midwest Nationals in Bloomington, IL

Here are the updates from the camps we have done thus far:

CAL-POLY SATELLITE CAMP (with DI Coaches Jon Sioredas and Mike Hatcher)
For the second consecutive summer, we hosted the staff of DI Cal-Poly (this year at Eisenhower JH) for three days of drilling and technique.  Coach Sioredas and Hatcher did not disappoint as we received some top-notch instruction over the course of the three days.  Kids got hundreds of reps in from the different positions and it was a great way for us to kick off our summer camps.

For the fourth consecutive year we traveled to the WI Dells for the World Wrestling Camp Team Camp.  We also kicked the camp off with a camping trip to Devils Lake State Park which is 25 minutes west of the Dells.  We continued our team hike and hosted our first "6 Mile Run Race", and you can see the results of the race below.

The team had a very successful camp going 9-2 in duals in finishing 3rd out of 11 teams.  The Mustangs had a great dual win over Barrington (a top 15 IL program & coached by Coach Lovelace's college roommate) during the week.  The kids also enjoyed the water parks of the Wilderness Resort during their downtime.

Devils Lake Team Hike
Spike Ball at Devils Lake

6 Mile Run Standings

Olympic Champion Kevin Jackson at WWC

WWC Team Camp- 3rd Place
Gladiator Battle at WWC 

Friday, June 2, 2017

2016-2017 DGS Wrestling Season Review

It was a great year for the 2016-2017 Downers Grove South Wrestling program!  Program numbers surged to over 90 wrestlers, which was an all-time high for the program.  The program not only broke records in terms of participation, but also laid the foundation for years to come with a very successful season on ALL levels.  We wanted to not only thank our wrestlers for their efforts on the season, but also the families of the wrestlers for their tireless support throughout the season (and off-season).

Below you will find the award winners from the 2016-2017 season:



Varsity:  17-7, 6-0 West Suburban Gold Champions
JV:  15-5, 6-0 West Suburban Gold Champions
Freshmen:  15-1, 6-0 West Suburban Gold Champions


Captains:  Jacob Chisholm and Sergio Villalobos
IHSA Sportsmanship Award:  Dylan Soto
Most Improved JV:  Nick Newell
Most Improved Varsity:  Jacob Holous
Academic All-Conference (SR 3.0):  Jacob Chisholm, Jacob Liaromatis, Cannon Bracket, Keven Gonzalez
IHSA Academic (JR/SR 3.5):  Kuba Diggory, Matthew Krauter, Jack Neumann
West Suburban Gold All-Conference:  Matt Straus, Dylan Knoch, Jacob Chisholm, Jeff Nugent, Jacob McAleer, Jacob Holous, Sergio Villalobos, Dylan Soto
Blue Collar Award:  Four years as a DGS Wrestler with at least 80% attendance each year
Dylan Soto, Jacob Chisholm, McKyla Kerr, Jacob Liaromatis, Matt Carlson

Community Strong:  McKyla Kerr
Physically Strong:  Jacob Chisholm
Technically Strong:  Jacob Holous
Mentally Strong:  Matt Straus

Iron Mustang:  100% attendance at morning and after school practices
Jacob Liaromatis (2x), Matt Straus (2x), Sergio Villalobos, Dylan Knoch

Most Outstanding Wrestler:  Sergio Villalobos

IHSA All-State:  Sergio Villalobos- 3rd Place- AAA 195 lbs