Wrestling: Area quartet claims state championships
By Curt Herron For Sun-Times Media February 16, 2013 10:38PM
Marmion's George Fisher celebrates with the coaching staff after Fisher won his Class 3A state championship match at 132 pounds Saturday in Champaign. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 16, 2013 11:05PM
CHAMPAIGN — Johnny Jimenez was determined to three-peat and George Fisher would not be denied a second title in his third attempt.
Meanwhile, Plano’s Derrick Maisonet wanted to avenge his only defeat and Kaneland’s Dan Goress planned on ending his career with a victory.
The end result of all of those scenarios was a 4-for-4 championship night performance for area wrestlers at the Assembly Hall.
Marmion’s Jimenez (120) and Fisher (132) overcame difficult assignments to end up on top of the awards stand in Class 3A.
Jimenez beat three-time finalist and former champ Sebastian Pique of Sandburg 3-0 to claim his third straight championship.
“It feels amazing knowing that all of my hard work this season paid off,” Jimenez said. “Beating him last week gave me the advantage. He’s a great wrestler and it’s awesome that I got to compete against him.”
Fisher took Oak Park-River Forest’s Larry Early to his back early and finished things with a fall in 1:45 for his second title in three years.
“This means a lot and shows how much I’ve improved,” Fisher said. “I thought it would take a full six minutes but I caught him in the front end of a cradle and it happened, and I’m really happy about that.”
Maisonet rode out Dakota’s Daniel Zimmerman in the ultimate tiebreaker of an overtime match at 220 in Class 1A to capture a 3-2 victory.
“He was my one loss throughout the season and he’s a tough kid,” Maisonet said. “He beat me 4-2 in our first dual and I wanted to get my second chance at him and I got it. That drove me to where I’m at today.”
Goress became Kaneland’s first state champ since Scott Brewer in 1993 when he beat Montini’s Michael Sepke 3-2 in the 145 finals in Class 2A.
“This feels good,” Goress said. “The hard work and training pays off. I didn’t care if they put a bulldozer in front of me, I wasn’t going to lose. I might never wrestle again, so why go out on a bad note?”
Plano finished with three placewinners, its highest total since getting that many in 2001.
Wes Brown placed for the second straight year. A year ago he placed third; on Saturday he settled for fourth at 160.
The other placewinner for the Reapers was Shaun Wollenweber, who finished sixth at 132.
Beside Goress, Kaneland also received a fifth-place finish at 285 from Zach Theis.
That marks the first time since 1993 that the Knights had a pair of state placers in Champaign.
Marmion finished with four placewinners. Anthony Bosco, who took third a year ago, was fourth at 106 while Alex Fritz placed sixth at 285.
Breon Hoosier became Metea Valley’s first placer and settled for sixth place at 170.
“This is a really great accomplishment,” Hoosier said. “Our bracket was stacked so I’m happy to be able to place here. It means that all of the hard work in the offseason and during the season paid off.”
The other placewinner from the area was Yorkville’s Bobby Schillinger, who took sixth at 182 in Class 2A.
Five other individuals lost in the quarterfinal wrestlebacks and fell one win shy of a state medal.
In Class 3A, that group consisted of Marmion’s Jake Field (126) and Cody Snodgrass (195) and Oswego’s Max Larsen (160).
Missing out on a medal in Class 2A was Sandwich’s Jesse Wood (120) while Plano’s Junior Nunez (285) fell short in Class 1A.