PREP WRESTLING: Family connects local wrestlers

Feb. 8—Family in a word used for a lot of the prep wrestling teams in the area and for two teams, it means a little more.

Danville's Ty Rangel and Oakwood/Salt Fork's Pedro Rangel have each flourished in the 132-pound class.

Junior Ty Rangel (22-8) is coming off winning a individual title last week in an IHSA Class 2A regional at Mattoon, while Pedro Rangel (39-4) was second in his Class 1A regional at Robinson.

The two cousins have also wrestled each other during the season in a early regular season meet between the Vikings and the Comets. Pedro won the match 4-2 and the fierce battle set up a strong season for both.

"It was one of the best matches they had. They went at each other very well," Danville coach Marcus Forrest said. "Anytime that you have a chance to compete against a family member, you know it will be a great match because you don't want to give them bragging rights. From that match, I told Ty if he could wrestle like that the rest of the year, he will be successful and he has done that."

"It was a tight match and neither of them wanted to lose, but they handled it well in my opinion," OSF coach Mike Glosser said. "They grew up wrestling with (OSF assistant Vince Chambliss) and they have brothers and older cousins. If you know wrestling and you follow it in the Oakwood, Salt Fork and Danville areas, you are going to find the Rangel name and they are going to keep coming."

Both teams are coming up in many ways. The Comets have already moved on to a team sectional on Feb. 20 against Roxana at Benton and Glosser said the team has not slowed down in getting things ready for sectionals in Vandalia.

"That's a hard concept because I told my kids that it is a individual sport in that you are all alone but you are only as good as your training partners," Glosser said. "That I try to tell them is to get the team recognized and then all the individual opportunities will come. This is a team is a family, so everyone has a role — from a senior to a JV guy and to a freshman — everyone has a role to play. We are seriously about being a team sport, but at the end of the day, it is one person against another."

Brayden Edwards (113), Grant Brewer (150), Bryson Capansky (157), Dalton Brown (175) and Jamison Chambliss (190) are sectional title holders entering the sectional, while Pedro Rangel, Steven Uden (106),Tyler Huchel (120), Jack Ajster (138) were second and Thomas Wells (126), Carter Chambliss (144) and Kade Fleming (285) are third-place finishers.

OSF's success the last few years have been steady from Glosser's first season to now.

"The kids work hard for it and we are trying to set an expectation where it is something that we are striving for to be successful at the end of every year," Glosser said. "We have a great crew and a feeder system with Vince and with the co-op, the pieces have come together. The wrestlers have been together since they were young and they have wrestled high-quality competition. We had 37 kids to start the season, and when I started, we had eight. So to have a full lineup along with some beginners makes for a great team and I am excited for this year and the years ahead."

The Vikings are also making strides with Ty Rangel and Phillip Shaw IV (175) going into the sectional at Mahomet-Seymour High School as regional champions. They will have another wrestler in with 157-pound wrestler Tristan Poplous, who was fourth, but will enter the sectional because of an injury to a wrestler that finished ahead of him. Gavin Rule (113) also had a chance to compete but had to miss it because of a family trip.

"To have the opportunity that had a chance to have four kids wrestle and three doing so is very good with the program growing and getting better," Forrest said. "We were competitive and to finish off with two kids winning regional and for any school who is coming up, this is great to see."

Forrest said that Ty Rangel's experience will be very important in the development of the Vikings next season.

"For Phil, he made state in his junior year and he did well. He has built on that. Ty is in his junior year and he will have a great experience and if he can make state, it will be something that he can build on for next year," Forrest said. "Ty can come back next year and he will be the lone senior. We will have 20 plus freshman and sophomores and we will have a lot of different weight classes. It gives us a lot to look forward to."

Joining OSF in Vandalia is Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm, who will have second-place regional finishers Logan Mahaffey (157), Gabriel Kiddoo (29-5) and Ethan Miller (190) and third-placer Jesse Irelan (113) in the sectional.

Hoopeston Area and Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin wrestlers will continue their season at the Stanford Olympia sectional.

Regional winner Angel Zamora (175) leads the Cornjerkers with second-place finishers Charlie Flores (106) and Ayden Larkin (175) joining him.

Taylor Parttison (120), Christian Walton (190) and Landynn Balla (215) each got third in regional action for the Blue Devils entering the sectional.

In Indiana, a select few will have semi-state action on Saturday.

North Vermillion will have three wrestlers compete in New Castle as Aden Rangel (126), Wyatt Walters (132) and Aiden Hinchee (215) made through regionals at North Montgomery High School.

Seeger will have two wrestlers go to East Chicago as Kayden Stonebreaker (120) and Kayne Acton (285) each got past the action at Logansport last week.