Friday, February 10, 2012

Proud to Be an Ace

Unprecedented Double Regional Championship Titles This Week! 
Varsity Lady Aces Win Regionals 
Wrestlers Take Regional Championship Title Sat. Night
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For the first time in ICJA history, two teams became IHSA regional champions this week! 
   Following this week's astounding championship win by the wrestlers, the Lady Aces just won their regionals tonight, February 9 against North Shore Country Day School, 43-38. Congrats to the girls and their coaches. (More details on the game to come next week.)
   Congratulations to the Aces wrestlers on winning the IHSA Regional Competition on motzaei Shabbat, February 4! Congrats to the coaches, Doug Klein, Elie Saltzman, Bill Porter and Danny Robinson, and the reserves, Jason Greenspan & Eli Bernstein.
   The wrestlers took 1st place in the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) regional tournament - out of nine teams. With wrestlers in only 12 of the 14 weight classes, Ida Crown wrestlers had four in 1st place, four in 2nd place and four in 3rd place. Every member of the team contributed to the victory.  
   The team is the first Jewish high school wrestling team to win at the regional level and the first time that any ICJA sports team has won at this level.
   The regional was a very close three-way race between ICJA, defending champs Walther Lutheran, and Gordon Tech. ICJA edged Gordon Tech by 4.5 points & Walter Lutheran by 5 points. It was the most closely-contested 1A region in the state. Both Walther and Gordon are strong squads with state-ranked wrestlers. This marks the best team result for any Jewish wrestling team ever in any comparable competition. It also marks one of the few times a Jewish high school sports team has won a state qualification tournament in any sport in the country. 

Following are the individual scores:

106  Noah Lewis 2nd place
120  Zach Cohn 1st place
126  Zack Bernstein 1st place
132  Nirel Kakon 1st place
138  Barry Greengus 3rd place 
145  Natan Nagar 3rd place 
152  Ezra Kapetansky 3rd place 
160  Brennen Muller 2nd place 
170  Eitan Redlich 1st place 
182  Gabe Michael 2nd place 
195  Mack Muller 3rd place 

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