106 pounds: Anthony Bosco, Marmion, Jr. One of four Cadets from St. Charles to place at the 3A state tournament, Bosco finished fourth and was 37-10 during the season.
113: Brad Martens, Geneva, Sr. A repeat state qualifier in 3A, Martens competed at 120 in his final high school season and finished his career with 136 victories.
120: Johnny Jimenez, Marmion, Jr. Three seasons, three state championships. The Kane County Chronicle Wrestler of the Year reigned in 3A after winning 48 of his 50 matches.
126: Jake Field, Marmion, Sr. Another St. Charles product, Field helped lead a budding group of freshmen in the mat room en route to a state berth. Handed Batavia standout Joel Shump his first loss with win in regional finals.
132: George Fisher, Marmon, Sr. Fisher, a 47-4 Michigan recruit, notched the lone fall of the 3A state finals when he instinctively secured a front cradle to defeat previously unbeaten Larry Early III of Oak Park-River Forest.
138: Isaiah Vela, St. Charles East, Jr. Rebounded from an injury-filled sophomore season to return to the 3A state meet, where he took fourth as a freshman. Wrestled at 132 down stretch after competing at 138 in early season.
145: Dan Goress, Kaneland, Sr. Kaneland’s first state champion since assistant Scott Brewer in 1993, Goress won the 145-pound title in 2A after a 42-3 season he credited to “nothing but hard work.”
152: Keone Derain, St. Charles East, So. Won 30 matches at 145 and was one of four East athletes to qualify for the 3A state meet under first-year coach Jason Potter, a former Saints state champion.
160: Jon Wagner, Batavia, Sr. Sturdy senior co-captain delivered his strongest season to date, winning an Upstate Eight Conference title and going 35-8, falling one victory short of qualifying for state.
170: Cam Carlson, St. Charles East, Sr. Varsity veteran helped the Saints to an unbeaten run to the UEC River Division title and unofficial UEC crown. Won Glenbard North Regional and had 30 victories.
182: Jake Boser, Geneva, Sr. Opened the winter at 195 before moving to 182 with an eye on a deep postseason run. Won Naperville Central Regional and closed career with a 34-win season.
195: Cody Snodgrass, Marmion, Sr. Went 2-2 at state tournament to finish 44-10 in the individual portion of the season. Lost tight matches to the eventual fifth- and sixth-place finishers in 3A.
220: Wes Pasholk, St. Charles North, Sr. Also a football and club rugby player, Pasholk finished his career with his first trip to the 3A state meet as North’s lone representative, going 29-8.
285: Zach Theis, Kaneland, Sr. A Carroll University (Wis.) football recruit, Theis capitalized on a “go out in style” attitude toward his final wrestling season by placing fifth in 2A to cap a 36-8 campaign.
106: Ryan Rubino, St. Charles East, Sr.
113: Anthony Rubino, St. Charles East, Fr.
120: Connor Williams, Kaneland, Sr.
126: Joel Shump, Batavia, Sr.
132: Esai Ponce, Kaneland, Sr.
138: Charlie Smorczewski, Batavia, Sr.
145: Trace Carello, Marmion, Fr.
152: Riley DeMoss, Marmion, Fr.
160: Brad Kearbey, St. Charles East, Sr.,
170: Craig Kein, Burlington Central, So.
182: Jordan Meadows, St. Charles East, Sr.
195: Connor McKeehan, Batavia, Jr.
220: Nick Sharp, Kaneland, Sr.
285: Alex Fritz, Marmion, Sr.
Alex Alcantara, St. Francis, Sr.
Alex Budsisz, Wheaton Academy, Jr.
Tony Castelvecchi, Geneva, Sr.
Kevin Deisher, St. Charles North, Sr.
Michael Doranski, Batavia, Fr.
Matt Ferraro, Marmion, Fr.
Nick Ferraro, Marmion, Jr.
Keegan Furmanski, St. Charles East, Sr.
Eddie Gonzalez, Aurora Central Catholic, Jr.
Stephen Gust, Kaneland, Sr.
Sonny Horn, Kaneland, Sr.
AJ Jaffe, Marmion, Fr.
Mitch Krusz, Batavia, So.
Ramon Lopez, St. Charles East, So.
Jake Mende, St. Charles East, Jr.
Josh Meyers, Marmion, Jr.
Thomas O’Brien, Geneva, Jr.
Junior Smith, Mooseheart, Sr.
Brady Weinrich, Burlington Central, Sr.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ryan Cumbee, Marmion A former Providence assistant, Cumbee ably replaced Dean Branstetter, who had been the only coach in Marmion history while building the program into a state power in less than a decade.
One season after the Cadets produced four state place-winners – including two champions – in Class 2A, Cumbee presided over the same result when the team shifted to 3A, the state’s largest class. Guiding a lineup that starts seven freshmen, he also helped the Cadets to the program’s first berth in the dual team state tournament. Marmion faces Minooka in a quarterfinal at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“When we bumped up to 3A, everybody was wondering if we could handle that jump in class. And I think that the only people who were happy about that was our own team,” Cumbee said. “We knew that we belonged with the big schools. We knew that we could compete with them, and we want to be respected as one of the best in 3A. And I think that we’re proving that slowly but surely, and this is definitely a great foundation for a good program. So we’re doing well.”