#WayBackMachine with #WrestlingTalk with Rich Powers


Lake in the Hills, IL- ISI’s Jim Herff suggested we do a feature on local wrestling and football great Rich Powers. Little did we know that not only was Rich a great interview but he is the Kevin Bacon of USA wrestling. Much like Six Degrees of Bacon, we reveal our own Six Degrees of Rich Powers, a family wrestling game.

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We will get Rich’s insight on John Derango, Steve Patton, Tim Haack, Don Penza, Mike Garvey, Jim Patton, Mark Schultz, Dave Schultz, John DuPont and many more.

1986-87 was a great year at Marian Central Catholic HS for Rich. He followed up his 1985-86 IHSA wrestling championship at 167 pounds with a repeat performance. Powers and his fellow Hurricanes went 12-2 and also won the 2A IHSA football crown. It was pleasure meeting Rich, enjoy!


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Rich Powers finished his Panther wrestling career tied for the most wins in school history with 134 and was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American. Powers, a native of Harvard, Ill., put together a career mark of 134-25-1 from 1988 through 1992. Powers also notched 54 career falls to rank third on UNI’s all-time pins list – trailing only Kirk Myers (61) and Justin Greenlee (57). In his freshman season, he earned a spot on the Amateur Wrestling News’ Freshman All-America team. Powers went 25-9-1 in the 1988-89 season, which included seven wins by fall and five by technical fall. He won his first NCAA West Regional title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 seed in the 177-pound weight class. Powers earned his first All-America honor as a sophomore with a fifth-place finish in the 177-pound bracket. Powers entered the 1990 NCAA Championships as the No. 6 seed in College Park, Md. He won his first match but dropped his second before righting the ship and producing four straight wins to clinch his first All-America honor. He was ranked in the top-10 throughout the entire season. He notched a team-best 18 pins, which is the fourth-highest single-season total in program history. Powers came back in 1991 as a junior with an overall mark of 44-4 and took fourth place in the NCAA’s 177-pound weight class. His 44 wins are tied for the second-most in a single-season in UNI’s history. He won his third consecutive NCAA West Regional title and was named the regional’s Outstanding Wrestler. Powers entered the 1991 NCAA Championship meet seeded No. 2 in his weight class in Iowa City. Powers would reach the semifinals after winning his first four matches of the tournament. Powers defeated Iowa State’s Matt Johnson in the NWCA All-Star Meet, 4-2. Powers spent the first half of his junior season ranked No. 1 in the nation at 177 pounds. Powers completed his senior season with a mark of 29-4 and another fifth-place tally in the 177-pound bracket. Powers entered the 1992 NCAA Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., seeded No. 1. Powers again reached the national semifinals before dropping a decision. Powers fought his way back in the back draw and notched a fall in 1:33 in his final collegiate match against No. 10-seeded Steve Williams (North Carolina State) in the fifth-place match. Powers is one of nine UNI wrestlers to be a three-time NCAA Division I All-American. He won his fourth consecutive NCAA West Regional title, and was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the second straight year. He recorded 19 falls as a senior to rank as the third-highest single-season total in UNI history. *


* Courtesy of UNI Panther Athletics

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Episode VI: Illinois Elite & TC LiFonti

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Harvard – Episode VI is in the books. Thanks to Illinois Elite’s HC & Director Tom Hohenadel, superstar Janelle Allen & super mom Linnel Allen for joining us in studio. We also appreciate TC LiFonti for telling us about his great biography about wrestling icon Tony Ramos. Click below to hear the show:



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#EpicProgram Part 3 GoldDotNation: Back to the Future



Carol Stream, IL- This post will finish the GoldDotNation Trilogy. We have learned insights from some good stories told by Hall of Fame Coach Bob Fulk and listened to living legend Mark Hahn tell us his perspective. Now to tie this nice story up with a big gold bow, I’ve sat with the unofficial Glenbard North GoldDotNation wrestling history guru, Tony LiFonti, to bring us to today. We have three audio clips below. It makes for very good listening!

The wrestlers that graced the halls of the Carol Stream high school include Tony Ramos, Joe Gomez, Joey & Johnny Gosinski and Jon Maralejo (all five were 4-time DuPage Valley Conference champions). Fulk and Hahn have coached twenty one IHSA state champions.






Currently, Kent Garrett is the only one left on the active staff and currently the HC for the JVII level.  Jim Considine works for Motorola and, once they moved into the city, the commute is too much and he would never make practice/s on time.  Jim started coaching at North in 1992.  Jeff Cherry has taken the role of Winter Activities Advisor.  Garrett started teaching and coaching at North in 1987-1988; he taught special education and he would retire teaching Driver’s Education.  He has coached JV1 and freshman and, as I stated, he is currently the HC for the JV2 level.  Jeff Cherry began in 1987-1988 as well, teaching physical education and last year was his final year coaching; however, he still has two more years before he can retire.


Assistant Coach: CHRIS EDWARDS2014-chris-edwards

Chris was hired at Glenbard North in 1997 and joined the coaching staff that season.  He teaches mathematics and is currently the JVI HC, he has also coached freshman wrestling.



Assistant Coach: TONY LIFONTIimg_7226-2

Hired at North in 1999 and volunteered his first four years before being HC for JVII level.  Since 2006, HC freshman level.  Teaches English.




Assistant Coach: JOE GOMEZ


Joe was a 2004 graduate of North and began coaching on staff in 2010.


NOT PICTURED but very valuable coaches – the entire staff: Tom Gudella, Pat Harris, Tony Savegnago, Eric Wetzel, Jeff Edwards and Geno Capezio.