Wrestling: Montini prevails in dual meet with Marmion
By Curt Herron For Sun-Times Media December 13, 2012 10:22PM
Marmion's Nathan Traxler wrestles Montini's Xavier Montalvo at 160 pounds Thursday night in Lombard. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 15, 2013 11:36AM
Marmion finished ahead of Montini when the two squads met up in the prestigious Ironman Tournament in Ohio last weekend.
But when it came a face-to-face clash in a dual meet, the Broncos showed they were they better team on this night.
Montini won the first four matches and took a 19-0 lead en route to a 37-19 Suburban Christian Conference win in Lombard.
The win in the battle between two of the state’s top squads was the 42nd straight for the Broncos in the last three years.
Marmion (4-1), which took eighth at the Ironman while Montini was 12th, never got closer than 14 points back after the start.
“I knew that we were going to have a rough night starting eight freshmen against the number 10 team in the country, but I wanted to see a little more effort out there tonight, but I didn’t see that,” Cadets coach Ryan Cumbee said.
“We were clicking in all stages up until tonight. Now our guys know what it’s like to not experience their goals and they don’t like that feeling and neither do I.
“This provides us with an opportunity to learn and to get better and to see what we’re made of. I’ve seen how these guys have responded to success this year but I haven’t seen how they respond to failure yet.”
The Broncos (11-0) got a major decision from Xavier Montalvo (160) and a 7-5 overtime victory from Michael Maduko over Nick Ferraro in the first two matches.
Jake Turk and John Embry followed with pins before Marmion got its first win from Lucas Warren at 220.
Montini’s Edgar Ruano edged Alex Fritz at 285 before Dylan Duncan won a major decision for the Cadets.
Following an exchange of decisions by Bronco Tommy Pawelski and Johnny Jimenez, Montini’s Jordan Laster won by technical fall.
Marmion’s George Fisher won by forfeit at 132 and the Broncos won the next two before Riley DeMoss edged Luke Fortuna 3-2 in the finale.