Wrestler of the Year
Zack Crawford, Sycamore, sr., 160 pounds
All-area first team
Kaden Klapprodt, DeKalb, so., 106 ― Klapprodt went 26-16 on the season, winning the DuPage Valley Conference Tournament. He took second at the Class 3A Geneva Regional and fourth at the Conant Sectional.
Eduardo Castro, DeKalb, jr., 113 ― Castro went 28-13 this season and was a win away from qualifying for state. He was second in the DVC and took second at the Geneva Regional.
Tyler Lockhart, Sycamore, fr., 113 — Lockhart was a win away from qualifying for state out of the Class 2A Rochelle Sectional after taking second at the Burlington Central Regional. He finished 36-11.
Kamron Scholl, Kaneland, jr., 120 ― Scholl wrapped up the season with a 42-9 record, finishing a win shy of qualifying for state. He was second at the Burlington Central Regional and won the Interstate 8 Conference Tournament.
Hudson Ikens, DeKalb, so., 132 ― Ikens went 31-18 and was the lower-weight MVP of the DuPage Valley Conference. He made the Conant Sectional after taking third at the Geneva Regional.
Caden Grabowski, Kaneland, sr., 132 ― Grabowski went 44-6, finishing a round shy of qualifying for state. He won his regional and the Interstate 8 tournament. He had 31 pins this season, 88 in his career and 134 career wins.
Austin Martin, DeKalb, sr., 145 ― Martin went 33-17, capping his senior season with a berth in the Class 3A state tournament. He had top-eight finishes at two national events: the Dan Gable Donnybrook and the Cheesehead.
Gus Cambier, Sycamore, sr., 152 ― Of Cambier’s seven losses, two were to the eventual state champ in 2A and two were to the runner-up. He won 44 matches, took third in state and was an Interstate 8 champion.
Jacob Luce, DeKalb, jr., 152 ― Luce finished up 39-13 and took sixth at the state tournament. He was the DVC’s co-outstanding upper-weight wrestler.
Sean Kolkebeck, DeKalb, so., 160 ― Kolkebeck went 35-17 this season. He ended up qualifying for state as well.
Cooper Bode, Sycamore, fr., 170 ― Bode went 32-12 as a freshman and finished a win short of state. He won the Burlington Central Regional as well as the Interstate 8 tournament.
Gable Carrick, Sycamore, jr., 195 ― Carrick finished 32-9 this season and finished a win shy of qualifying for state. He was an Interstate 8 champion and won the Burlington Central Regional.
Julian Torres, Genoa-Kingston, sr., 195 ― Torres capped his 31-15 season with a trip to the Class 1A state tournament, in which he went 2-2. He had second-place finishes at tournaments at Stillman Valley, Polo and Richmond-Burton.
Lincoln Cooley, Sycamore, sr., 285 ― A two-time state medal winner, Cooley took fifth this year to cap a 36-6 season. He was an Interstate 8 champion who took second at the Sycamore invite and was second at both regional and sectional.
Alex Gregorio-Perez, DeKalb, fr., 105 ― Part of DeKalb’s inaugural girls team in the sport’s second season having a state series sponsored by the IHSA, Gregorio-Perez went 16-8 and qualified for state, finishing a win away from earning a medal.
Reese Zimmer, so., 115, DeKalb ― Zimmer went 16-13 this season and qualified for state. She finished first at a tournament in Batavia.
Brooklyn Sheaffer, so., 120, Kaneland ― Sheaffer became the first Kaneland, and first area, wrestler to earn a medal at the IHSA Girls Wrestling State Tournament. She finished sixth to finish the season 35-12, having won tournaments at Oswego East, Kaneland and Oregon.
Brady Brewick, Genoa-Kingston, jr., 152; Shayden McNew, Genoa-Kingston, jr., 113; Nathan Dutton, Genoa-Kingston, sr., 145; Max Pietak, Kaneland, sr., 195; Kyle Rogers, Kaneland, so., 138; Christian Duffing, Kaneland, sr., 152; Nate Diaz, Kaneland, sr., 220; Jalen Airhart, DeKalb, jr., 120; Ethan Schultz, DeKalb, sr, 126; Alex Gochis, Kaneland, so., 126; Lamar Bradley, DeKalb, jr., 220; Mekhi Cave, DeKalb, jr., 138; Nate Sauer, DeKalb, sr., 182; David Stewart, DeKalb, sr., 195; Dyani Torres, Kaneland, so., 130; Amanda Rogers, sr., 145, Kaneland