Wrestling: Four area grapplers win semifinal matches
By Curt Herron For Sun-Times Media February 16, 2013 12:06AM
Marmion's George Fisher (left) lifts DeKalb's Doug Johnson (right) during state wrestling at Assembly Hall. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 16, 2013 12:56AM
After falling in the state finals a year ago, George Fisher has been on a mission to get back there and capture his second title in three years.
The Marmion senior moved one step closer to that goal after winning in Friday’s Class 3A semifinals at the Assembly Hall in Champaign.
Fisher advanced to Saturday night’s 132-pound championship against Oak Park-River Forest’s Larry Early after capturing a 3-2 win over DeKalb’s Doug Johnson.
“After last year’s performance, I wasn’t satisfied with how I wrestled and I told myself that it never would happen again,” Fisher said. “All the work that I’ve done in the offseason and this season is paying off. It shows since I don’t get tired and and I’m pushing the pace and doing what I want to do.”
Joining Fisher in the Grand March are his teammate, Johnny Jimenez, as well as Kaneland’s Dan Goress in 2A and Plano’s Derrick Maisonet in Class 1A.
Like Fisher, Jimenez also advanced to his third straight state finals. He advanced to the 120 finals with a 6-0 victory over Glenbard North’s Jon Marmolejo.
In Saturday’s title match, junior Jimenez, a two-time champion, takes on another former state champ and two-time finalist, Sandburg’s Sebastian Pique.
“I love wrestling at state so this is really an awesome moment,” Jimenez said. “I just wrestled him last weekend but we’ve been wrestling all summer, too. So it’s going to be a really fun match. So I’m looking forward to it and I’m not accepting any losses.”
Goress advanced to the 145-pound title match in 2A with a 5-3 semifinal win over Mt. Vernon’s Chase Vosburgh. He meets Montini’s Michael Sepke in the finals.
The senior is his program’s first state finalist since Scott Brewer won the state championship in 1993.
“This is every kid’s dream,” Goress said. “I got mine through pure hard work. Every day I went into the room trying to become a state champion. My motto is that hard work will get you anywhere. In this atmosphere, you have to be happy whenever you get a win.”
Maisonet, a senior, moved on to the 220-pound title match in 1A with an 8-1 win over LeRoy’s Ty Sandy. He’ll face Dakota’s Daniel Zimmerman in the championship match.
“This is one of the best feelings in my life,” Maisonet said. “I’ve been working for this for the last three years and all of my hard work finally paid off. I’ve gotten to where my uncle was at (Plano’s Travis Martinez in 1998) and I want to improve upon what he did.”
Three other area athletes saw their title hopes get dashed following semifinal defeats.
Plano’s Wes Brown fell 9-7 to Clinton’s Kye Reczek at 160 as the Reapers just missed having a pair of finalists.
Yorkville’s Bobby Schillinger fell a bit short in the 182 semifinals in Class 2A after losing 8-6 to Washington’s Colin Carr.
And Marmion saw its hopes of another finalist halted when Alex Fritz lost 3-1 to Neuqua Valley’s Andrew Geers at 285.
Other Cadets who remained alive in the wrestlebacks were Anthony Bosco (106), Jake Field (126) and Cody Snodgrass (195).
Also staying alive for Plano were Shawn Wollenweber (132) and Junior Nunez (285).
Oswego’s Max Larsen (160) and Metea Valley’s Breon Hoosier (170) won their first wrestlebacks to stay alive in 3A.
“I want to be the first to be a medalist at Metea Valley,” Hoosier said. “I’m going to get something to eat and relax the rest of the day and then get ready to wrestle tomorrow. So far, all of my hard work has been paying off.”
Kaneland’s Zach Theis (285) and Sandwich’s Jesse Wood (120) are also are still alive in the 2A wrestlebacks.