BLOOMINGTON – The Marmion wrestling team rebounded from a narrow semifinal loss to place third in the Class 3A team dual state meet Saturday.
A week removed from crowning six individual place-winners – including four-time state champion Johnny Jimenez of St. Charles – the Cadets downed Rockton Hononegah, 36-22, in the third-place match.
Marmion, which opened the day at U.S. Cellular Coliseum with a 43-24 quarterfinal win against Plainfield Central, earned four technical falls in the third-place dual. Trace Carello opened the match with a tech fall at 152; Nick Ferraro (170), Anthony Cheloni (126) and Michael Callahan (138) followed.
Marmion, the team state runner-up last season, was unable to hold a 19-0 lead in its semifinal against eventual runner-up Marist. Matt Ferraro opened the dual at 145 with a 9-2 decision before Carello (152), Sam Breen (160) and Nick Ferraro (170) followed suit with two decisions and a major decision, respectively.
Nathan Traxler's fall in 3:24 at 182 provided what seemed a safe cushion, but the RedHawks roared back, largely on the strength of tight decisions.
Marist drew to within 19-18 after Marmion forfeit at 106, a standard all season, and took its first lead with Nick Lukanich's 3-2 win at 113.
Jimenez's 6-1 decision at 132 gave the Cadets a 25-24 edge, but Marist won the dual with Mario Leveille's 3-2 decision against Michael Callahan at 138 moments later.
Batavia competes in quad: At Batavia, Batavia competed in a quadrangular with St. Charles North, Glenbard South and Glenbard West. The Bulldogs' highlights included Peyton Piron's title in the 55-meter dash (6.7) and runner-up finishes in the 55 hurdles (8.16) and 200 (23.53).
North's Jack Feeney won the 400 (52.04) and 200 (23.13)