Wrestling: Day has finally come for St Rita’s Tim Corse

Story Image Champaign, IL 2/17/12 The top high school wrestlers in the state meet up in Champaign in the semi- final round of the IHSA State Meet. Class 3A Bout 291 @138 pounds Mundelein's Matt Ornoff gets rolled on hiss head by St. Rita's Time Corse. Ornoff lost the match 9-4 in regulation time. | Rob Dicker~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: February 17, 2012 10:59PM

CHAMPAIGN – It’s been a long road, to say the least, for Tim Corse.

“I’ve been waiting for this for 14 years,” the St. Rita senior said Friday after punching his ticket to the Class 3A finals at Assembly Hall.

Corse knocked off previously-unbeaten Matt Ornoff of Mundelein 9-4 in the 138-pound semifinals to advance to the final against Lincoln-Way East’s Kyle Langenderfer, a 7-6 winner over West Aurora’s Greg Jacquez.

The win didn’t come easily, but Corse (32-6) was OK with that.

“You’ve got to keep your composure,” he said of falling behind early against Ornoff. “When you’re out there, things can happen in a split second.”

In any case, he takes pride in being a grinder, as befits someone who came up in the Catholic League.

“It’s in-your-face kind of of wrestling,” Corse said. “You don’t see that much down here, so it helps us. You go from whistle to whistle, beginning to end.”

Corse’s win over Ornoff – who suffered an apparent hip injury – provided a surprise pairing 138 final, and Thornton freshman Kris Williams (20-2) did the same at 103 when he decisioned Cary-Grove’s Mike Cullen 1-0 in the semis.

But Williams, who meets Oak Park-River Forest’s Matt Rundell (44-3) still is aiming higher.

“My goal was to win it, not just to be in the finals,” he said.

But some things did go according to form, as three more highly anticipated Class 3A title bouts will happen.

Two defending champs are set to clash at 120, where Glenbard North’s Jered Cortez (46-0) won a technical fall and Sandburg’s Sebastian Pique (39-3) had an 11-5 decision in the semis.

There will be a pair of unbeatens in both the 152 and 285 title bouts.

Glenbard North’s Brian Murphy (30-0) edged Oak Park-River Forest’s Davone Mahomes 1-0 and Lane’s Max Schneider (39-0) had a 21-6 tech fall over Crystal Lake South’s Tom Gerszewski at 152. Schneider is bidding to become the first two-time champ from the Public League since 1953.

At 285, Bolingbrook’s Rob Bain (26-0) edged Hinsdale Central’s Brian Allen 3-1 in overtime to set up a showdown with De La Salle’s James Buss (41-0), a 16-2 winner over Neuqua Valley’s Andrew Geers.

“He’s a great wrestler, obviously,” Bain said of Allen, whose only loss this season came to Buss in last week’s sectional final. “I was just trying to wrestle my match, like I’ve done all year. I didn’t do a good job, but I still got the victory.”

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