Wrestling: Wheaton North’s Mike Swider edges Schaumburg’s Josh Marchok

Story Image Wheaton North's Mike Swider celebrates his 4-3 decision over Schaumburg's Zach Urbanski, earning him the 220-pound sectional title Saturday at Glenbard North.
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Mike Swider already considered the possibility of a rematch next weekend in Champaign. 

That’s because the Wheaton North senior won a sectional championship Saturday at Glenbard North with his 4-3 win over Schaumburg’s Josh Marchok at 220 pounds. 

“I know he will be coming back for me,” said Swider, who improved to 41-0. “He wants revenge, I know I would. I just got to work harder and harder.”

Swider’s shot came with seconds to go in the third period and was his only takedown of the title match between the two undefeated wrestlers.

“Josh was going to fight to the finish, and he was pushing forward at the end,” Falcons coach Steve Holland said. “Mike got some space and took a shot. Mike used Josh’s aggressiveness against him.”

Tied at zero after the first period, the two traded leads before Swider’s winning move. The loss was Marchok’s first in high school since his sophomore season, and he fell to 39-1. As a junior, he won the state title at 215 pounds.

“He’s a phenomenal wrestler,” Swider said of the Stanford-bound Saxon. “We both battled, but I was able to get that quick two.”

Glenbard North shined on its home floor. The Panthers captured four sectional titles and qualified eight wrestlers to the state tournament at Assembly Hall. 

Jered Cortez and Brian Murphy both stay unbeaten on the season in winning titles. Cortez beat Glenbard West’s Rodrick Smith 9-0 in the finals to move to 43-0, while Murphy scored a technical fall in the third period over Maine West’s Jordan Pessah to end the weekend 27-0. 

In other high-profile bouts, Bartlett’s Sal Annoreno beat Glenbard North’s Johnny Gosinski 4-3 in the final at 132 pounds. West Aurora’s Greg Jacquez knocked off Lake Park’s Blake Santi with a 9-7 decision at 138 pounds. 

With his 5-0 victory over Larkin’s Devontae Joshua at 285 pounds, Austin Beebe gave the Blackhawks their second sectional championship.

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