Mehrholz helps Deerfield win CSL team title
Deerfield's Andrew Mehrholz has control of Evanston's David Rivera in their 106 pound match during the Central Suburban League Varsity Wrestling Conference Tournament in Skokie, Saturday, January 19, 2013 I David Banks~for Sun-Times Media
SKOKIE — It’s hard to imagine a freshman having a much better season than Andrew Mehrholz.
The Deerfield lightweight continued his assault on area competition this weekend at Niles West by capturing the CSL championship at 106 pounds and earning the CSL North’s outstanding wrestler honor.
Mehrholz beat Niles North sophomore Hermez Abraham by fall in the finals Saturday. His other two wins were by fall and technical fall.
“My main focus all year has been getting pins, getting our team those six points,” said Mehrholz, who improved to 31-1 on the season and is ranked No. 6 in his weight class by Illinois Matmen.
With four winners and four runners-up, the Warriors easily won the team title with 271 points. Niles West was a distant second with 198 points.
“It’s all about the team,” Mehrholz said. “That’s why those bonus points are a huge thing.”
Jacob Suter said he also left Niles West satisfied, but the Glenbrook South senior isn’t content. Suter beat New Trier senior John Benson 5-3 at 220 pounds to win his first conference championship. The CSL South’s outstanding wrestler gained control of the match on a reverse in the second period and held on for the win.
“I was definitely expecting a good battle,” said Suter, who had to forfeit the pair’s earlier match because of an injury. “I made sure to not let him get that leg ride going.”
Deerfield’s other winners included senior Jordan Lieberman (113 pounds), junior Colton Emmerich (170) and senior JJ Nawrot (285). The Warriors will compete at the Lake Zurich Regional on Feb. 2.
Niles West and Maine South, which took third with 163 points, each had three champions.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the CSL wrestling teams.
CSL championship winners
106 — Andrew Mehrholz, Deerfield freshman
113 — Jordan Lieberman, Deerfield senior
120 — MJ Pritchard, New Trier senior
126 — Terry Calkins, Maine South senior
132 — Isaac Reinemann, Niles West junior
138 — Thomas Williams, Niles West senior
145 — Dom Ciancio, Highland Park junior
152 — Tom Brewster, Maine South junior
160 — Mike Garvey, Maine South senior
170 — Colton Emmerich, Deerfield junior
182 — Vaughn Monreal-Berner, Niles West senior
195 — Danny Fricano, Niles North senior
220 — Jacob Suter, Glenbrook South senior
285 — JJ Nawrot, Deerfield senior