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Lombard, 12/13/12--Marmion's AJ Jaffe, 113, wrestles Montini's Tommy Pawelski. Montini High School hosted Marmion Academy in wrestling Thursday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media

Marmion finished ahead of Montini when the two squads met up in the prestigious Ironman Tournament in Ohio last weekend.

But when it came a face-to-face clash in a dual meet, the Broncos showed that they were the better team on Thursday.

Montini won the first four matches and took a 19-0 lead en route to a 37-19 Suburban Christian Conference win in Lombard.

The win in the battle between two of the state's top squads was the 42nd straight for the Broncos in the last three years.

Marmion (4-1), which took eighth at the Ironman while Montini (11-0) was 12th, never got closer than 14 points back after the start.

"It's a great rivalry and Marmion has great kids and coaches," Montini coach Israel Martinez said. "They beat us fair and square at the Ironman but we were ready tonight and we showed it.
"I don't know if we're going to beat certain teams during the year but I can guarantee you that Montini will be ready in Champaign-Urbana and also for the dual team state tournament."

The Broncos got a major decision from Xavier Montalvo (160) and a 7-5 overtime victory from Michael Maduko over Nick Ferraro in the first two matches.

Jake Turk and John Embry followed with pins for the hosts before Marmion got its first win from Lucas Warren at 220.

Montini's Edgar Ruano edged Alex Fritz 8-6 at 285 before Dylan Duncan won a major decision for the Cadets.

Following an exchange of decisions by Bronco Tommy Pawelski and Cadet Johnny Jimenez, Montini's Jordan Laster won by technical fall.

"Marmion is one of our big rivals and we take it personal so we trained hard for this meet," Laster said. "Both teams looked a little tired following the Ironman but we were able to come out with the win.

"I've been a part of many teams and good team chemistry really does a lot for you. Everyone's good at different things and we push each other really hard in the practice room. We all get better because of each other.

"This meet and all of our tournaments are just stepping stones. We're going to peak toward the ends of the season and we'll all do well at state and also win it as a team."

Marmion's George Fisher won by forfeit at 132 and the Broncos got a major decision from Chris Garcia.

Montini's Michael Sepke followed with a decision at 145 before Cadet Riley DeMoss edged Luke Fortuna 3-2 in the finale.

"I knew that we were going to have a rough night starting eight freshmen against the number 10 team in the country, but I wanted to see a little more effort out there tonight, and I didn't see that," Cadets coach Ryan Cumbee said.

"We were clicking in all stages up until tonight. Now our guys know what it's like to not experience their goals and they don't like that feeling and neither do I.

"This provides us with an opportunity to learn and to get better and to see what we're made of. I've seen how these guys have responded to success this year but I haven't seen how they respond to failure yet."

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