Wrestling: Marmion dominates Naperville Central Regional
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media February 2, 2013 8:22PM
Marmion's Matt Ferraro battles with Naperville North's Blake Bougadis Saturday at the Class 3A Naperville Central Regional. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:52AM
Marmion showed what’s possible Saturday when you combine talent with a wickedly tough regular season schedule.
The Cadets won the team title at the Class 3A Naperville Central Regional in dominant fashion, posting a 244-119 scoring edge over second-place Downers Grove South and advancing 13 wrestlers to next weekend’s individual sectional at Shepard.
“We won 12 out of 13 matches in the last round and we were earning victories today,” Marmion coach Ryan Cumbee said. “We won a lot of matches in the last 30 seconds so I’m very proud of them today.”
Winning regional titles for the Cadets were Anthony Bosco (106), Johnny Jimenez (120), Jake Field (126), George Fisher (132), Trace Carello (145), Riley DeMoss (152), Cody Snodgrass (195) and Alex Fritz (285).
Field (27-7) won his third regional title and handed Batavia’s Joel Shump (37-1) his first loss of the year via 4-3 decision, getting a takedown at the edge late in the second period.
“I’ve trained with (Shump) since maybe sixth grade but we’ve never officially wrestled each other in high school,” Field said. “I waited for him to get high, he tried to hit a single and I just passed it by.”
A.J. Jaffe (113) placed second for Marmion, while Matt Ferraro (138), Nick Ferraro (160), Josh Meyers (170), and Nathan Traxler (182) all won their third-place matches. Only the top three wrestlers in each weight advance to the individual sectional.
The first tournament title of the season was a sweet one for Batavia’s Charlie Smorczewski (138), who won a regional crown with a 7-5 decision over top-seeded Ramond King of Wheaton Warrenville South.
“I placed fourth at the Upstate Eight tournament and since then I’ve worked hard in practice on my shot,” Smorczewski said. “(King) was quick but I felt confident tying him up on his feet and scoring off of his shots.”
Placing second for Batavia were Shump, Michael Doranski (106), Jon Wagner (160) and Mickey Watson (195), while Mitchell Krusz (285) placed third.
West Aurora had a regional champion in Tim Young (170) while Trevon Williams (182), Chache Jacquez (120) and Brandon Farias (152) placed second, and Johnathan Doyle (113) took third.
Young (30-7) used a takedown in overtime to win a 10-8 decision over Metea Valley’s Breon Hoosier.
“I never wrestled him and he had a good shot,” Young said. “But our coach (Mike DiNovo) pushes us to the limit and I won that match on my conditioning.”
Trailing 5-1, Geneva senior Jake Boser beat West Aurora’s Trevon Williams at his own game in their title match at 182, using a five-point move to take a 6-5 lead en route to a 7-5 win and his first regional title.
“He’s a thrower and I knew that,” Boser said. “He went for the throw and I just beat him to it. It feels good because Geneva hasn’t had a regional champ in a while.”
Thomas O’Brien (132) placed second for Geneva, while Brad Martens (120) and Mike Villanueva (152) placed third to advance.
Metea Valley had a pair of second-place sectional qualifiers in Hoosier (170) and Sam Freedlund (220).
“It feels good to do it my senior year and I’m hoping to go all the way to state this year,” Freedlund said. “This is definitely a good start.”