On Tuesday evening, the Ida Crown wrestling team hosted its home opener as they took on Maine East High School. Freshman Noi Cohen (106) continued his winning ways as he downed his opponent 8-2. Cohen gave up the initial takedown in the match, but fought steadily back to take complete control of the contest. Junior Yitzchak Nadoff (138) won his first match with an impressive 17-2 technical fall. Senior Captain Yosef Marcucci (145) broke open a scoreless tie mid-way through the second period and proceeded to dominate the match thereafter, pinning his opponent in the third period. Junior Binyomin Krohn (152) cruised to a commanding 11-1 major decision, and junior Captain EJ Halpert (170) picked up his first victory on the season with a second period fall of his opponent. Freshman Enon Gurvich (106) fought hard to earn a 5-3 victory of his opponent. In the end, Maine East hung on to win the match, 30-27. Nevertheless, the Aces wrestled well and look forward to next week’s showdown against crosstown powerhouse Niles West.
One week earlier, the wrestlers opened the 2017-2018 season at Evanston Township High School. In addition to Evanston, the Aces also competed against Chicago Public League powerhouse Lane Tech and Chicago Hope Academy. The Hope team is coming off a very successful season last year when they were one of the top eight Class 1A teams in the state.