MINOOKA – Coming off a nine-point Southwest Prairie Conference loss against Plainfield East on Thursday, one might think that Minooka wrestling bouncing back with a 45-20 win over Oswego at home Friday night would cure the ills.
“We’re not there,” Minooka coach Jeff Charlebois said. “We’ve got to get our lineup together. We’ve got guys out with various issues. The guys that are coming out are doing their best. The guys filling in are doing their best. As far as the guys who are supposed to be in the lineup at the end of the year, we are not performing like we need to.”
Minooka won nine bouts Friday night, but Charlebois is left expecting more from his Indians.
“It comes down to how we practice, how we make our weight, how we warm up,” he said. “It’s the whole kit and caboodle.”
Friday’s match started at 145 and, after Oswego won the first bout, the Indians reeled off the next eight straight wins.
At 152 pounds, Kenny Kirkland won, 6-5, and at 160 Carson Oughton won by fall in 51 seconds, before Chris Hiscock and Josh Bouie accepted back-to-back forfeits. After that, Eric McMillian won by fall at 1:59; Erik Velazquez won by fall in 5 minutes at 220; Kyle Williamson won, 3-1; and Jake Bugajski won, 6-1, to complete the run and make the match score 39-3 at that point.
While he agrees that the Indians still need work, Oughton thinks there is time to get the ship righted.
“We’re coming along, but we have a ways to go and we’re not where we want to be come February or March, but it was nice to get this win over a conference opponent,” Oughton said. “We’ve had some holes in the lineup and lost once in the conference. But with the conference tournament coming up I feel that we will be at full strength, dominate and bring home the title to Minooka.”
The last win of the night for Minooka came at 132 when Shane Mart won by fall in 1:19.
Like Oughton, Charlebois said his Indians will be ready by the time the conference tournament rolls around.
“The conference meet is going to be a lot closer than it has been,” he said. “Give credit to the other teams because they are improving. But I am confident that if we can get our lineup together at conference, we’ll have no problem. We need to get our 14 kids in the lineup that we want there at the end of the year.”