Wrestling: Marmion wins Moore-Prettyman Invite
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media November 24, 2012 8:32PM
Updated: December 26, 2012 9:53AM
So far, Marmion’s move from Class 2A to 3A has been a smashing success.
The Cadets joined the 30-team Moore-Prettyman tournament this year and walked away with the team title on Saturday, out-pointing second-place Libertyville 274-185.5 in the final team standings.
With seven wrestlers in the finals and a 72.5-point team lead, the Cadets had the tournament won before the day’s final round of wrestling even took place.
“Class 3A, 2A — it doesn’t really matter,” Marmion junior Johnny Jimenez said. “We’ve got a great coaching staff and they’re just taking our team over the top. Right now, I feel like we’re the hardest-working team in the state.”
After winning the title at 120 pounds with a pin of second-seeded Steve Polakowski of Libertyville and being named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler, two-time Illinois state champion Jimenez finished as one of four champions on the day for Marmion.
Anthony Bosco (106), George Fisher (132), and Cody Snodgrass (195) also won individual titles for the Cadets, who saw 11 wrestlers win place medals.
Cadets freshmen A.J. Jaffe (113), Riley Demoss (152) and Lucas Warren (220) all reached Saturday’s title mat, and any day a coach can send three freshmen to the finals is a good day indeed.
“You don’t really know what you have until you step out there and compete with other teams,” first-year Marmion coach Ryan Cumbee said. “But I’m very, very happy and impressed with our team today.”
Oswego finished 14th in the team standings with 87 points. Max Larsen placed second at 170 pounds for the Panthers.