Lyons 132-pounder Sanders carries summer success into postseason
Hinsdale Saturday 2/2/13 Hinsdale South's Marc Kosiek and Lyons Twn's Jarvis Sanders battle during their 132lb match. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 8, 2013 7:19AM
In just his first varsity season, Jarvis Sanders keeps accomplishing one goal after another.
The 132-pound Lyons junior won the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional Saturday to advance to the Shepard Sectional starting Friday. Sanders (23-9) cruised to a 9-1 win over Hinsdale South’s Marc Kosiek (17-8) in the final.
Sanders’ next feat is to advance to the state meet Feb. 14-16, but that will be a much bigger accomplishment in one of the most difficult sectionals in the state. Shepard has four teams ranked in the Season Pass Top Ten: No. 3 Sandburg, No. 4 Marmion, No. 5 Marist and No. 9 St. Rita.
At 132, Marmion senior George Fisher is ranked No. 1 by IllinoisMatmen.com. Other top wrestlers at 132 include No. 8-ranked Mario Leveille of Marist and Brother Rice’s Paul Balich. The top three wrestlers in each bracket advance to state in Champaign.
“I feel pretty good,” Sanders said. “Coach (Griffin Powell) kept telling me that I could do it. He was telling me, ‘I’m one of the best in the state. You can get it done.’ ”
Sanders has attributed his success to his offseason work with the La Grange-based Beebe Trained club. The team is run by former Montini state champion Conor Beebe and his brothers, Carson and Chase. The Beebe brothers not only taught Sanders about technique and conditioning, but something else he has become much more vigilant about this season — his diet.
His semifinal opponent, Morton’s Juan Blanco, also trains with the Beebes and Sanders has competed against him in the Beebe Trained room.
“It’s always a close scrap,” said Sanders, who beat Blanco 6-3 Saturday.
In the summer, Sanders represented Beebe Trained at the USA Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D.
Lyons teammate Eric Rende also captured a regional championship. Rende defeated Cosmo Halwix of Argo 13-4 to win at 182.
Lyons’ regional runners-up were Jack Bates at 145 and A.J. Villareal at 152. Third-place finishers were Mac Casella at 113 and Justin Fuller at 195.