Marmion senior 132-pound wrestler George Fisher spoke in the dark as he recently shed light on his season to date. Moments after catching up with Kane County Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley for the latest edition of the Weekend Chit-chat, the Cadets’ captain flipped the mat room light switch and called his teammates to begin practice.
A St. Charles resident and Michigan recruit, Fisher entered this weekend’s 3A Naperville Central Regional with a 36-4 record and an eye on one last run to state-meet success. He won a state title at 119 as a sophomore before finishing as runner-up at 126 last season. The following is an edited transcript of Fisher’s discussion with Druley:
You keep your focus for the state series all year. What’s the mindset now that it’s here?
I’m really excited. It’s my last year here at Marmion and in Illinois before I go off to college, and I want to make the most of it. Go out there and show everyone who I am.
I know you want to save the reflecting for later, but does it feel like this season has passed by in a flash?
Yeah, I’ve felt like the season’s gone by faster than usual. But I feel like it’s gone by faster since we’re working harder, we’re in here every day and it’s fun. ... On Monday, we looked up and I was like, ‘Holy [cow].’ Usually, when we go to Ironman [in Ohio], it’s like, ‘Wow, we’re halfway through.’ And now I’m almost done with my high school career. So it came by really fast this year.
Have you felt like you’ve worked hard in this room every day for four years?
I can say that I have. Every single day, I’ve never taken it easy. That’s just who I am. That’s just what I want to do. I guess that’s just my motto. Get in here and work hard and win.
Since you guys wrestle such a tough schedule, how does that mute the move from 2A to 3A?
It doesn’t matter what class we’re in. We’re here to dominate, and that’s what we’re going to do.
Seven or eight freshmen have been starting at times, and they look to have fit right in.
Yeah, this year’s been a surprise since we’ve had a bunch of freshmen on the team. They’ve really stepped up from what we thought that they were going to be. They stepped up in the practice room and in those big matches in tournaments. They’re really wrestling well. They’re getting a lot out of practice.
And you knew quite a few of them from St. Charles and SCN Youth Wrestling, right?
A lot of them have actually been here through SCN and all that, so I’ve known them since we’ve been little, and it’s nice being in the room again with them.
How do you go about prepping for the regional since you see so much out-of-state competition?
We haven’t seen a lot of Illinois teams besides the Dvorak [tournament], but I mean, it’s going to be exciting. We can’t wait to start it off.