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Among athletic achievements for youth athletes, those of wrestlers are among the greatest. Wrestlers must work hard on technique and strength, and to maintain their weight to fit into their team’s lineup. They are tasked to emerge victorious in a one-on-one battle with another wrestler who has been working on the same goal.
Three local wrestlers – Kaneland’s Dan Goress and Marmion’s Johnny Jimenez and George Fisher, both of whom are from St. Charles – won individual IHSA state championships last month. Marmion’s team then placed second in the IHSA Class 3A team competition.
Marmion took home a trophy from the dual team state finals for the first time. Jimenez won on the last day of the team competition. Fisher had a key win in the semifinals. Jimenez said it was a big step for the school.
“It feels awesome. We’re really proud of ourselves, although we didn’t take first, which we wanted,” Jimenez said. “But we really worked hard this season. We’re proud of what we did.”
In the individual meet, the local state champions capped off remarkable seasons.
Goress had a record of 42-3, and he delivered a message about doing what it takes to reach a goal.
“You can tell yourself, ‘I’m going to be a state champ,’ but if you don’t do anything about it, it ain’t ever going to happen,” Goress said. “And it starts every day with waking up. Running, your diet. Practice. Watching film. That’s what it comes down to.”
Jimenez went 48-2 and picked up his third consecutive state championship. Jimenez, a junior, will go for his fourth title next year.
Fisher went 47-4 and picked up his second state championship. He spoke of pulling out everything in the championship match, saying, “It’s the finals. Go for it all, so I went for it. And I ended up pinning him.”
Congratulations to the Marmion wrestling team, the best in team history, as well as Goress, Jimenez and Fisher, the best in the state.