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Drawing near to the medal rounds on the mats & in the pool

We're getting close to crunch time in a bunch of our Olympic sports, including wrestling, gymnastics and swimming.

Let's start with the grapplers.

Something tells Sly that Marmion won't be fazed one bit by its move from Class 2A to 3A. The Cadets see – and defeat – top competition from around the nation throughout the season to prepare them for the state series. As senior George Fisher recently told Chronicle readers, the Cadets aim to dominate, no matter who's wearing the other color bands. St. Charles East also has high hopes in the 3A bracket, where Batavia's Joel Shump is unbeaten going into the postseason.

There's lots of buzz surrounding Kaneland, too, as a self-professed tournament team prepares to improve on last season's contingent of four state-bound wrestlers in the 2A draw.

In gymnastics, the St. Charles co-op and Geneva both have been stellar lately, winning separate regionals while cementing program-record scores in recent weeks. While both sides are blessed with senior leadership – namely St. Charles' Jesi Ortiz and Ashley Puff of Geneva – there also is plenty of depth behind them.

You don't score in the 146s without a solid cast of athletes, top to bottom.

As for the swimmers, St. Charles North definitely has its share of senior stalwarts, and will lean on each as the team prepares to build on a disappointing state meet finish last season.

It's almost taper time as sectionals and the state meet approach later this month.

We'll know about the medal counts in all of these sports soon enough.

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