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KCChronicle.com/preps Athlete of the Week: Marmion wrestling's Johnny Jimenez

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Why he was selected: Rolled to the 126-pound title at the Cheeshead Invitational in Kaukana, Wis., over the weekend, earning falls in five of his six victories

Marmion senior wrestler Johnny Jimenez captured the 126-pound title at the Cheeshead Invitational in Kaukana, Wis., over the weekend, the latest triumph for the St. Charles resident vying for the fourth IHSA state title of his career. Jimenez, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Kevin Druley about the feat. The following is an edited transcript:

How have you stayed sharp with (Monday and Tuesday) practices canceled due to school closings?

A few of the SCN (Youth Wrestling) kids that wrestle at Marmion were all going to go get a workout at "The Barn" [SCN's Campton Hills facility]. That's where we go to get practices in when we don't have them at Marmion.

What did you take away from the Cheeshead experience?

It was fun. We only brought eight guys because we had some injuries up there, but out of the eight, we had four in the finals. … Team-wise, there were some teams that didn't go this year, but it hasn't changed much. It's always tough.

What has allowed you to keep your focus again this season?

What really helped was kind of coming off those couple of losses I had earlier in the season. It helped me have a more positive attitude toward the mental standpoint of wrestling. That helped at Dvorak and then now at Cheesehead.

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