Wrestling: All seven Marmion wrestlers advance at state
By Curt Herron For Sun-Times Media February 14, 2013 10:36PM
Updated: February 14, 2013 11:15PM
Any team that sends all of their wrestlers to the quarterfinals is obviously very pleased.
When when you have a 7-for-7 day like Marmion did in Thursday’s opening round at the Class 3A tournament in Champaign, you’re obviously ecstatic.
That’s just what the Cadets did on Thursday at the University of Illinois’ Assembly Hall by capturing seven first-round wins.
Anthony Bosco (106), Johnny Jimenez (120), Jake Field (126), George Fisher (132), Trace Carello (145), Cody Snodgrass (195) and Alex Fritz (285) all claimed wins.
“We had a goal coming into today, which was to go 7-0,” Cadets coach Ryan Cumbee said. “We didn’t find any reason why we couldn’t win every match. We achieved our goal but now we have to focus on Friday.”
Plano had a good day in the Class 1A competition, advancing five of its seven qualifiers to the quarterfinals.
Moving on for the Reapers were Shaun Wollenweber (132), Ivan Lopez (138), Wes Brown (160), Derrick Maisonet (220) and Junior Nunez (285) all posted wins.
Kaneland and Yorkville both went 2-1 in the Class 2A competition. four others also moved on in the 3A meet.
Other first-round winners in 3A were Oswego’s Max Larsen (160), Oswego East’s Zach Prinz (170) and Waubonsie Valley’s Anthony Touchstone (220).
Naperville Central’s Luke Roth (220) and Neuqua Valley’s Andrew Geers (285) also moved on as expected.
Field’s fall in 5:53 over Maine South’s Terry Caulkins was a welcome relief after the Cadet senior let a late lead slip away in the sectional finals.
“That loss was a wakeup call,” Field said. “I hadn’t lost in 15 matches so I was pumped and ready to go after that. It was a tough way to lose, but it motivated me.”
Prinz, a sophomore, beat St. Rita’s Jack Sears 3-1 on a tiebreaker to become the first Oswego East wrestler to win a state match.
“I ended up riding him out in the overtime and when I went down for the final overtime, I knew I had 30 seconds to do what I’ve been training to do in order to get the win,” Prinz said.
Touchstone, a senior making his first state trip, moved on after recording a 5-2 victory over Glernbard East’s Shane Vincent.
“This just shows that my hard work is paying off,” Touchstone said. “So I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and not slow down and just keep going as hard as I can.”
First-round winners for Yorkville were Tyler Wilkinson (160) and Bobby Schillinger (182) while Kaneland got wins from Dan Goress (145) and Zach Theis (285)
Opening-round losers for Plano were Jake Wilson (106) and Zack Tomac (145) while Aurora Central’s Eddie Gonzalez (285) also fell in his opener.
In Class 2A, Sandwich’s Jesse Wood (120) and Jarrod Johnson (145) fell, as did Yorkville’s Gunnar Hjorth (152) and Kaneland’s Esai Ponce (132) also lost.
Class 3A opening-round losers were Waubonsie’s Jimmy Davis (132) and Howard Beatty (138), Oswego’s Andrew McFall (106), Geneva’s Brad Martens (120) and Metea Valley’s Breon Hoosier (170).
Naperville North’s Wayne Yuan (113) and Naperville Central’s Ben Williamson (132) also came up short in their first matches.