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2013-14 Kane County Chronicle All-Area Wrestling Team

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 9:39 p.m. CDT

FIRST TEAM

106 pounds: Kolbe O’Brien, St. Charles North, Fr.

O’Brien finished 35-8 in his debut season and qualified for sectionals, giving the program and first-year coach Ben Hummel reason for optimism going forward.

113: Anthony Rubino, St. Charles East, So.

Narrowly missed the state cut while winning 34 matches, but has two more seasons to burnish a family legacy that includes older brothers Brandon and Ryan.

120: A.J. Jaffe, Marmion, So.

Jaffe provided a stabilizing force at the top of the lineup, winning 36 matches, qualifying for the individual state meet and helping the Cadets to a third-place finish in the Class 3A team duals state tourney.

126: Johnny Jimenez, Marmion, Sr.

Wisconsin recruit from St. Charles, the KCC Wrestler of the Year is one of 14 Illinois wrestlers to earn four career state championships.

132: Ryan Valesh, St. Charles East, Sr.

His final victory of a 30-win season was a fall in his opening bout at sectionals. One of several cornerstones East will struggle to replace.

138: Isaiah Vela, St. Charles East, Sr.

Three-time state qualifier went 39-6 in his Saints swan song, helping East to the Upstate Eight Conference River Division duals title and UEC tournament championship.

145: Jake Mende, St. Charles East, Sr.

Mende showed plenty of persistence in qualifying for the state meet as a senior. He had to win a wrestle-off for his starting spot as a junior and closed his career with a 33-10 season.

152: Trace Carello, Marmion, So.

Carello, a North Aurora resident, went 39-8 en route to a fourth-place state finish. Won the 3A Waubonsie Valley Regional to open the state series.

160: Keone Derain, St. Charles East, Jr.

The lone Saint to advance to the third day of the 3A state meet, Derain went 43-7 and projects as a leader of another strong team next season.

170: Nick Ferraro, Marmion, Sr.

Elburn product was only Cadet other than Jimenez to win his individual place match in Champaign, taking fifth place via his 35th victory of the season.

182: Nathan Traxler, Marmion, So.

Another member of the Cadets’ core who cut his teeth with SCN Youth Wrestling, Traxler matured into a 35-match winner and fourth-place finisher in 3A.

195: Josh Meyers, Marmion, Sr.

One of the Cadets’ six 3A state place-winners, Meyers earned 35 victories and finished sixth at the individual state meet in Champaign.

220: Connor McKeehan, Batavia, Sr.

Never short on confidence, McKeehan rebounded from an injury during last season’s state series to win 29 matches and qualify for the 3A state meet.

285: Eddie Gonzalez, Aurora Central Catholic, Sr.

Matched the highest finish in program history with a runner-up effort at the 1A state meet. A three-sport athlete, Gonzalez finished his final season 31-7.

SECOND TEAM

106: Michael Doranski, Batavia, So.

113: Anthony Bosco, Marmion, Sr.

120: D.J. McDermott, St. Charles East, So.

126: Joe Posledni, Batavia, Fr.

132: Anthony Cheloni, Marmion, Fr.

138: Riley Vanik, Kaneland, Fr.

145: Mike Huck, Geneva, Jr.

160: Ramon Lopez, St. Charles East, Jr.

170: Austin Chaon, Geneva, Jr.

182: Mitch Bradberry, Geneva, Jr.

195: Noah Frazier, Batavia, Jr.

220: Lucas Warren, Marmion, So.

285: Justin Diddell, Kaneland, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Jake Andersen, Geneva, Sr., 220

Sammy Breen, Marmion, Sr., 160

Alex Budsisz, Wheaton Academy, Sr., 152

Steve Collins, St. Charles North, Jr., 132

Joe Feemorlu, Mooseheart, Jr., 170

Matt Ferraro, Marmion, So., 145

Will Leite, St. Charles East, Jr., 285

Nicholas Maldonado, Burlington Central, So., 106

Steve MacDonald, Geneva, So., 113

Caleb Park, Aurora Central Catholic, So., 126

Zack Parker, Kaneland, So., 182

Austin Parks, Kaneland, So., 160

Tom Price, Kaneland, Jr., 170

George Strang, Kaneland, So., 152

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ryan Cumbee, Marmion

Cumbee guided the Cadets through another rigorous regular season that produced plenty of hardware once the state series rolled around.

Marmion crowned six individual place-winners in Class 3A – headlined by Jimenez, a four-time state champ – before rallying to finish third in the team duals state tournament the next weekend.

Naturally, that only ramps up expections for 2014-15.

“The one thing I tell the kids all the time is that I don’t care whether they win or lose as long as they give me everything they’ve got,” Cumbee said.

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