The season opening week of Illinois saw No. 30 Marmion Academy compete in one of their allowable "tournament" events during the course of the season. The Cadets went to Barrington High School for the 27-team Moore-Prettyman Invitational, which was held on Friday and Saturday.
Scoring 260 points on the strength of nine placers - all in the top five - eight of them in the top three, Marmion Academy outlasted fellow state power Lockport for a tournament title. Leading the way for the Cadets were three weight class champions: No. 10 Diego Sotelo at 106 pounds, No. 15 (at 138) Trevor Chumbley at 145, and 2017 state medalist Peter Ferraro at 170. Runner-up finishes were earned by state placer Michael Jaffe (120) as well as state qualifiers Nathan Callaway (132) and Patrick Daum (182); state qualifier Ryan Fleck (138) and three-time state placer Brad Gross (160) finished third, while Jack Bazukas (220) placed fifth.
Runner-up Lockport amassed 213-1/2 points, led by a tournament-high four weight class champions: freshman Keegan Robertson (113), No. 7 Matthew Ramos (120), No. 5 Anthony Molton (126), and No. 20 Baylor Fernandes (285).
Ramos beat Jaffe 9-4 in the final at 120 pounds, a weight class that featured two other returning state medalists. Ramos beat Enzo Silva (Plainfield South) 7-1 in the semifinal, while Jaffe knocked off Tommy Frezza (Lincolnshire Stevenson) by 16-6 major decision in that same round; Frezza would beat Silva 2-0 for bronze.
The six other starters that placed for Lockport all finished fourth or worse, led by returning state qualifier Mikey Kaminski, who was fourth at 132 pounds. Placing fifth were seniors Jake D'Angelo (138) and Malik Daghash (160), along with sophomore Brendon Shin (285); freshman Drew Blackburn-Frost (195) placed seventh; while junior Anthony Crapia (145) was eighth.
Two reserve wrestlers competing as "extras" also placed for the Potters - Jake Lukaszczyk (113) took third and Kyle Boone (160) earned seventh.
The other team to win multiple weight class titles was Libertyville, which finished third in the tournament with 159-1/2 points. Their titles came in back-to-back weight classes, returning state placer Danny Pucino (132) and multi-time state qualifier Michael Gunther (138).
Most notable of the remaining weight class champions was junior Luke Rasmussen from the host school, Barrington, at 160 pounds. His tournament started with a pair of pins and then an 11-3 major decision. The key win was a 4-1 semifinal victory over three-time state placer Gross, a returning state runner-up. In the final he beat Jake Kendall (Plainfield South) by a score of 5-4.
Rounding out the champions were Cadet double All-American Josh LaBarbera (Metea Valley) at 182 pounds, state runner-up Nick Stemmet (Yorkville) at 195, along with seniors Max Gomez (Lincolnshire Stevenson) and Jose Ramos (Prospect) at 220 and 285.