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Marian Wrestlers Make Their Way to State

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The weekend of February 19th was the final competition for three Marian wrestlers as they closed out their successful season with the honors of wrestling at the State Farm Center at the University of Illinois in the State Finals. Joe Herff (12), Thomas Welch (12), and Anthony Randazzo (10), all reached the ultimate goal of their season, being able to claim the titles of state qualifiers for their respective weight classes. The athletes dreamed about one day being able to compete with the most elite athletes from around the state and they were able to fulfill those dreams with their impressive seasons and undying passion for the sport.

The road to state began in the secluded wrestling room here at Marian.Here, the athletes would train, watch film, and practice with partners from their own team. By doing this, they were not only increasing their own strength and endurance but also learning the different styles each of their opponents would bring to the mat. Hours were spent in the weight room reestablishing strength and agility and preparing for the very physical season to come.

Aside from the physical aspect of the sport, the wrestlers often found themselves as mentors for younger teammates and mentees of older ones. This allowed Marian’s team to not only thrive as athletes, but also to build relationships of trust and mentorship along the way, holding each athlete accountable for his actions on and off the mat. Randazzo comments on his role as a mentor and mentee by saying, “I find myself trying to be the best mentor I can be to my teammates Joey Fitzgerald (9) and Cade Bokowy (9). As for me, I look up to [Welch] and [Herff], they always pushed me to be a better athlete and I try to do the same for the grades below me.” Another mentor mentioned was 2015 Marian graduate Nick Remke, who also had his run at state.

It is widely known that success does not come without some failures along the way. When questioned on most the memorable matches, the answers were often the ones that did not end in the team’s favor. This shows the diligence, patience and passion for the sport that accompanies these champions as they remember the matches they lost because that is what motivated them to win.

The hard work, dedication, and overall good values shown by Marian’s wrestling team are what each team should strive to emulate. The whole team, not just the state wrestlers, overcame great struggles and was awarded with great accomplishments, which is the goal of any athletic program here at Marian. Congratulations to the wrestling program for such a rewarding season!

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