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Wrestling: Marmion tops Mount Carmel for state quarterfinal berth

Marmion's Michael Callahan gets upper hMount Carmel's Jake Tucker 138-pound match for Marist Sectional. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

Marmion's Michael Callahan gets the upper hand on Mount Carmel's Jake Tucker in the 138-pound match for the Marist Sectional. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

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When Marmion and Mount Carmel met in a dual meet in mid-January, the Cadets forfeited four weights but won nine of 10 matches wrestled to win 40-30 over the Caravan.

The rematch came with a Class 3A state berth on the line Tuesday night, and Marmion came through again with a 44-18 win.

“The bottom line is, Marmion’s a great team,” Mount Carmel coach John Kading said. “We needed to win the coin toss and capitalize on a few things, but we knew what we were up against.”

Mount Carmel (19-6) took a 6-0 lead on a Marmion forfeit but Marmion’s Anthony Bosco cut that lead to 6-4 on a 13-3 major decision win at 113, over the Caravan’s Jack Mulay.

The Cadets’ AJ Jaffe won a 9-1 major decision at 120 over the Caravan’s Mickey Reilly to give Marmion (13-3) a 7-6 lead before Marmion’s Anthony Cheloni won by fall at 126.

Four-time Marmion state champion Johnny Jimenez then bumped up from 126 to 132 against Dylan Hoey, pinning him in the second period to give the Cadets a 20-6 lead.

Marmion’s Michael Callahan then took on a state medal winner in Mount Carmel’s Jake Tucker at 138, and Callahan had the only takedown of the match in the first period for the 2-0 decision win.

“I wrestled (Tucker) a few years ago and he rode me out and turned me,” Callahan said. “I just tried to get a takedown and I knew not to go on bottom.”

Mount Carmel stopped the bleeding with a 7-4 win by Connor Guizior over Matt Ferraro at 145, and the Cadets led 23-15 after forfeitiong at 152 to state champion Bryce Brill.

Marmion’s Trace Carello won by decision at 160 to set up the fourth meeting this year between Marmion’s Nick Ferraro and Mount Carmel’s Dru Worker at 170 pounds, with Ferraro winning a 5-1 decision to give the Cadets a 29-15 lead.

Nathan Traxler made it 32-15 in Marmion’s favor with a 4-3 win over Jimmy Mickens at 182 pounds. With three weights left to wrestle, Marmion’s Josh Meyers put the dual out of Mount Carmel’s reach and guaranteed the Cadets a downstate berth, with a pin at 195 pounds.

“We were pretty confident coming in here and we were all cheering each other on,” Callahan said. “We lost to Sandburg downstate last year and we’ll just have to stay focused and not let the crowd get to us.”



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