Tim Cichowski hopes Jries Sweilem didn’t reach his peak too early.
One week before the CSL tournament, the Glenbrook South junior heavyweight tagged Maine South’s Sean Sullivan — one of the top 285 pounders in the state — with his first loss of the season.
Sweilem (21-6) was unable to repeat the magic last weekend at Glenbrook South. The varsity rookie lost by fall to Maine West’s Robbie Jones in the semifinals before rallying to finish third with a 3-2 decision over Waukegan’s Rudolfo Flores.
“He probably didn’t wrestle his best this weekend,” Cichowski said. “I would have liked Jries to make it to the finals.
“He was coming off a match that myself and my assistant coaches really thought turned his season around. He wrestled as tough as anyone did at Glenbrook South in a long time. He kept fighting and battling.”
Without Sweilem to contend with, Sullivan cruised to the conference championship with three consecutive pins.
“Whatever Jries found, he’s got to find it again,” Cichowski said. “I hope to get it back out of him.”
Glenbrook South finished 11th with 36 points. Maine South won the team title with 230 points, edging out Deerfield.
Jimmy Binder (22-13) also advanced to the semifinals before taking fourth at 112 pounds. He lost a 2-0 decision to New Trier’s MJ Pritchard in the third-place match.
Diego Galvez (18-12) was the other Spartan to place at the tournament, finishing fifth at 103 pounds. He lost in the quarterfinals and then again in the consolation semifinals before beating Waukegan’s Mayra Deluna 11-0.
“They wrestled OK,” Cichowski rated. “It would have been nice for Jimmy to take third, but it’s a pretty good conference.”
Glenbrook South competes in a CSL crossover Friday before wrestling at the Notre Dame Regional on Feb. 5.
By MATT HARNESS firstname.lastname@example.org