Marmion paces area programs at Hinsdale Central with 10 state qualifiers

  • Marmion's 106lb. Donny Pigoni defeats Marist's George Marinopoulos during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 106lb. Donny Pigoni defeats Marist's George Marinopoulos during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • 126 lb. Ethan Olson of Naperville Central takes on Lyons Township's Gunner Garelli during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    126 lb. Ethan Olson of Naperville Central takes on Lyons Township's Gunner Garelli during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Marmion's 113lb. Jameson Garcia defeats Marist's Michael Esteban during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 113lb. Jameson Garcia defeats Marist's Michael Esteban during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Downers Grove South's 132 lb. Luke Swan takes on Mt. Carmel's Eddie Enright during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Downers Grove South's 132 lb. Luke Swan takes on Mt. Carmel's Eddie Enright during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Marmion's 138lb. Santino Scolaro takes on Marist's Owen Dunlap during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 138lb. Santino Scolaro takes on Marist's Owen Dunlap during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • 138 lb. Jimmy Nugent of Downers Grove South takes on West Aurora's Dominic Serio during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    138 lb. Jimmy Nugent of Downers Grove South takes on West Aurora's Dominic Serio during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • West Aurora's Noah Quintana wrestles Marmion's Tegan Chumbley at 145 pounds Saturday at the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional.

    West Aurora's Noah Quintana wrestles Marmion's Tegan Chumbley at 145 pounds Saturday at the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Marmion's 145lb.Tegan Chumbley takes on West Aurora's Noah Quintana during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 145lb.Tegan Chumbley takes on West Aurora's Noah Quintana during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Marmion's 152 lb. Collin Carrigan defeats Mt. Carmel's Marcus Milianti during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 152 lb. Collin Carrigan defeats Mt. Carmel's Marcus Milianti during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Naperville Central's Aden Lutes defeated Shepard's Damair Reed in the 152-pound semifinals Saturday at the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional.

    Naperville Central's Aden Lutes defeated Shepard's Damair Reed in the 152-pound semifinals Saturday at the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Downers Grove South's 160 lb. Matty Lapacek takes on Marist's Tommy Boland during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Downers Grove South's 160 lb. Matty Lapacek takes on Marist's Tommy Boland during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Marmion's 170 lb. Tyler Perry takes on Marist's Jake Liberatore during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 170 lb. Tyler Perry takes on Marist's Jake Liberatore during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Waubonsie Valley's Antonio Torres wrestles Mt. Carmel's Colin Kelly at 160 pounds at Hinsdale Central.

    Waubonsie Valley's Antonio Torres wrestles Mt. Carmel's Colin Kelly at 160 pounds at Hinsdale Central. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • 170 lb. Will Schuessler of Downers Grove South takes on Oak Lawn's Hani Odeh during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    170 lb. Will Schuessler of Downers Grove South takes on Oak Lawn's Hani Odeh during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • 182 lb. Ben Bielawski of Downers Grove North takes on Rylan Breen of Mt. Carmel during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    182 lb. Ben Bielawski of Downers Grove North takes on Rylan Breen of Mt. Carmel during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Marmion's 195 lb. Teddy Perry takes on Marist's Peter Marinopoulos during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 195 lb. Teddy Perry takes on Marist's Peter Marinopoulos during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Downers Grove North's 285 lb. Jordan Lewis takes on Sandburg's Kevin Zimmer during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Downers Grove North's 285 lb. Jordan Lewis takes on Sandburg's Kevin Zimmer during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Marmion's 220 lb. Sean Scheck takes on Hinsdale Central's Marko Ivanisevic during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Marmion's 220 lb. Sean Scheck takes on Hinsdale Central's Marko Ivanisevic during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • West Aurora's 285 lb. Jordan Lishman takes on Mt. Carmel's Ryan Boersma during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    West Aurora's 285 lb. Jordan Lishman takes on Mt. Carmel's Ryan Boersma during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

  • Downers Grove North's 285 lb. Jordan Lewis takes on Sandburg's Kevin Zimmer during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022.

    Downers Grove North's 285 lb. Jordan Lewis takes on Sandburg's Kevin Zimmer during the semi final match held at Hinsdale Central Saturday Feb. 12, 2022. Erica Benson/for Shaw Local

 
By Kevin McGavin
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 2/12/2022 10:25 PM

Jameson Garcia was in a customary position.

Tyler Perry and Jack Lesher want to taste the same feeling as their Marmion wrestling teammate.

 

The last three days of the Class 3A individual wrestling season are upon us after Marmion, which ended the regular season ranked fourth in the coaches' poll, led all programs at the Hinsdale Central sectional with 10 qualifiers to the state tournament next weekend at State Farm Center in Champaign.

Garcia, the Bartlett native who captured the coaches' association (the IWCOA) state tournament last spring, had few issues in delivering a dominant technical-fall victory in the finals at 113 on Saturday at Hinsdale Central.

The Cadets, who advanced five to the championship mat, would have to wait, however, until Perry and Lesher duplicated the feat with back-to-back sectional titles at 170 and 182 pounds.

"I just know that if I can get to my attacks, no one can stop me," said Garcia, who stopped Anthony Lopez, the lone state qualifier for Morton, with a second-period margin greater than 15 points. "Every single match I go in with that mindset. Confidence is the key."

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"Right now, we're just focusing on rallying together as a team," said St. Charles' Lesher, the fourth-ranked 182-pounder who scored all the offensive points in a 9-1 victory over Mt. Carmel sophomore Rylan Breen.

The No. 3 Caravan denied Marmion in both the Catholic League regular-season duals as well as the league tournament.

The schools will meet again the Tuesday after the individual state finals at Marist for a berth in the team-state finals' Elite Eight.

"Mt. Carmel is on our mind, but we are focused on being the best that we can be individually," Lesher, a sophomore, said.

"I am feeling really good about my wrestling and conditioning," said the Cadets' third sectional champion, Perry, a Batavia resident. "The team energy has pushed me to do my best."

Perry employed a reversal and two takedowns in his championship match against Downers Grove South senior Will Schuesler to win 7-3.

The Cadets' Danny Pigoni and Collin Carrigan settled for runner-up finishes at 106 and 152 pounds for Marmion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Sean Scheck pinned West Aurora senior Gio Amaya, who struggled through injuries all day, to capture the Cadets' lone third-place major-consolation title at 220 pounds.

Santino Scolaro (138 pounds), Tegan Chumbley (145), Kenny Siwicki (160) and Teddy Perry (195) all punched the final four Marmion tickets to the state tournament by advancing to the third-place matches.

West Aurora also had three individuals extend their seasons by winning critical wrestleback rounds in the consolation bracket to get into the coveted top four -- and hence automatic advancement.

In addition to Amaya, heavyweight Jordan Lishman denied Downers North senior Jordan Lewis 3-2 in the third-place finals.

Brothers Noah and Moses Quintana were the Blackhawks' third, fourth and final qualifiers at consecutive weight classes at 145 and 152 pounds.

Noah Quintana was edged 4-3 in the finals by Eisenhower senior Nate Pacetti.

"I feel like I needed to open up a little more, shoot a little more and attack more in general," said Noah Quintana, a sophomore. "I adapted to the other kids' weaknesses (to reach the championship match)."

"I am just glad I was able to bounce back and get those last two matches (in the consolation bracket)," said Lishman, the No. 6-ranked heavyweight. "Right now, I am satisfied."

The postseason invariable engenders heartache for certain programs.

Naperville Central immediately comes to mind during the latest wrestling cycle.

The Redhawks ended the Cadets' seven-year regional run two years ago.

Naperville Central ended the season ranked No. 7, only to be completely overshadowed by having top-ranked behemoth DeKalb in its DuPage Valley Conference.

Ethan Olson and Ayden Lutes are the last athletes standing for the Redhawks.

The former was pinned by reigning state champion and top-ranked Mt. Carmel junior Sergio Lemley in the 126-pound finals; Lutes is 22-2 after an abbreviated 152-pound slate with his third-place triumph over Moses Quintana.

"It was tough," Olson said of the Redhawks' final weeks of the season. "Some of our guys got hurt. We got most of our guys (eight) out to the sectional, but Hinsdale Central is a tough sectional. The second day was tough. It was cool to wrestle a state champ; it made me better."

"I was out with a broken hand," Lutes said of his midseason struggles. "It was kind of an anti-climactic ending (to our season). I am focused on myself right now."

Naperville North and Neuqua Valley had their seasons come to a close during the two-day war of attrition that is inevitably associated with the west suburban largest-class sectional.

Waubonsie Valley senior Antonio Torres is the man in the spotlight for the three Indian Prairie high schools.

All-state two years ago at the last IHSA-sponsored state tournament, Torres had his 27-match winning streak snapped in the Saturday-morning semifinals.

But the Warriors' standout rebounded with convincing wins, including a second straight pin of Marmon in as many weekends over Marmion senior Kenny Siwicki in the third-place match at 160.

Torres is 29-1 on the season.

"I just have to regroup and get ready for state," Torres said. "I have to find a way to win next week. I have to fix some things up."

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