CHICAGO | Mount Carmel's Bryce Brill may have transferred onto the Caravan as a sophomore, but the senior wrestler has played a major role in his new team's success over the past three seasons.
The Caravan won their fourth straight Chicago Catholic League championship, 258-192 over St. Rita.
Mount Carmel wrestled in nine of 14 championship matches, winning six titles.
Brill improved to 36-0 on the season with a 1:32 pin of De La Salle's Sal Reyes at 152 pounds.
"I feel good right now," said Brill, who won his third-straight CCL crown. "I like where I'm at, and I like where the team's at.
"We're wrestling great as a team. I'm just trying to continue to peak and hopefully finish the season as a state champ. I transferred in coming into my sophomore year, so technically it's three for me, but still it's exciting as a team and a great accomplishment."
Mount Carmel's Jake Tucker, a Lowell native, won at 132 pounds with a 1:36 pin of St. Rita's Ronan Sullivan. Tucker (32-7) is gearing up for a run at state.
"We're in a team competition and we want to beat Rita every year," Tucker said. "I try to work on my fundamentals every match, but we're going for team points, so I thought I would just go ahead and go for the pin. I'm just a part of the tradition here, and we're building a dynasty. I lost at sectionals last year and didn't get down to state. That's my goal this year, get down to state and get on that podium."
Mount Carmel coach John Kading had nothing but praise for his team.
"They've wrestled well and people don't realize that we have nine freshmen (or) sophomores," he said. "We have great leadership with Jimmy Mickens and Bryce Brill, but it's a young team. It's been a process, but they're coming together right at the right time."
Mickens (29-6) won at 182, defeating Loyola Academy's Ryan Wosick 10-2. Mickens, a senior, has been around for each CCL title and is proud of the program's recent success.
"It's really great to have won it all four years," Mickens said. "To win four years in a row is amazing, and that's something we really pride ourselves on. They have taught me well here."