Wrestling: Four area teams prepare for dual sectionals
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media February 18, 2013 5:14PM
Marmion's Alex Fritz (left) battles with Barrington's Ben Calamari during the Class 3A fifth-place match Saturday in Champaign. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 20, 2013 6:36AM
Marmion enters uncharted waters on Tuesday when the Cadets wrestle in their first Class 3A team dual sectional meet at Hinsdale South.
The Cadets will take on St. Rita, a program that Marmion coach and former Providence Catholic wrestler Ryan Cumbee knows all too well.
“If we’re not ready to wrestle, we’ll go home early. It’s that simple,” Cumbee said. “Because I know we’ll get a St. Rita team that will be ready.”
Marmion is currently ranked fourth by the Sun-Times, while St. Rita is ranked eighth. On paper, the Cadets might seem to have the edge over the Mustangs. Four Marmion wrestlers won state place medals in Saturday’s 3A individual state finals, to St. Rita’s one medal winner.
Marmion’s Johnny Jimenez (120) and George Fisher (132) both won state titles, while Anthony Bosco (106) placed third and Alex Fritz (285) finished sixth in state. Placing fifth, St. Rita’s Jake Silzer (106) was the Mustangs’ lone state placewinner.
But Cumbee knows that reputations and accomplishments of the recent past don’t mean anything heading into a team sectional.
“We have to want it and go out there with that hunger, or St. Rita can beat us,” Cumbee said. “But (assistant coach) Donnie (Reynolds) and I will do everything we can to make sure our boys are ready.”
Yorkville squares off against Sycamore in Tuesday’s Class 2A team dual meet at Rochelle, and while the Sun-Times all-class rankings don’t include them, Sycamore is ranked second and Yorkville is listed fourth in 2A by Illinois Matmen.
Yorkville’s Bobby Schillinger placed fifth at 182 pounds on Saturday, while Gunnar Hjorth (152) and Tyler Wilkinson (160) also competed in the individual state finals. Sycamore features a trio of state qualifiers, led by a state champion Kyle Akins (113) and a state runner-up in Austin Culton (152).
In class 1A, Plano and Walther Lutheran will compete at the Wilmington Sectional meet. Plano is ranked fifth by Illinois Matmen in 1A while Walther is unranked. Plano’s Jake Wilson (106), Shaun Wollenweber (132), Zach Tomac (145), Wes Brown (160), Derrick Maisonet (220) and Junior Nunez (285) all qualified for this year’s individual finals.
Maisonet won a state title Saturday, while Brown placed fourth and Wollenweber placed sixth for Plano. Walther Lutheran failed to advance any wrestlers to the state finals.
Waubonsie Valley will also compete in its first team sectional since 2000, when the Warriors take on Minooka in a Class 3A dual sectional at Oswego East on Tuesday.
Waubonsie Valley coach Brad Caldwell sees the makings of a quality meet against Minooka, which is currently ranked No. 10 by the Sun-Times.
“I think we match up pretty well with Minooka and that our strengths and their strengths are in pretty much the same spots,” Caldwell said. “It’s going to come down to who’s winning the close matches and who can stay off their backs and not give up bonus points.”
The Warriors’ Jimmy Davis (132), Howard Beatty (138) and Anthony Touchstone (220) all competed in the individual state finals, while Minooka had a pair of state medal winners in Carson Oughton (sixth at 145) and brother Corbett Oughton (fourth at 152).
“All year we’ve been a better team than we are individuals. That’s really our strength,” Caldwell said. “Hopefully on Tuesday we’ll have a chance to showcase that. The guys are in good spirits and we’re all excited to have a chance to wrestle in a sectional.”