CHICAGO | With his team already assured of a loss, it would have been simple for Mount Carmel sophomore wrestler Matthew Reyes to throw in the towel.
Reyes was in a close match with Marmion Academy's Oscar Garza at the Class 3A Marist Team Sectional on Tuesday and holding on for a win.
Reyes won the 285-pound match, 2-1.
"It would have been easy to quit and lose that match," Reyes said. "We had already lost, but I didn't wrestle very well at state and I had to win this match because I had something to prove to myself."
Marmion beat Mount Carmel 44-18 as Mount Carmel won just four matches, including two by forfeit.
"We needed some things to go our way, including winning the coin flip," Caravan coach John Kading said. "We won the coin flip, but they (Marmion) came out and took it to us. They are a very good team and they wrestled real well tonight."
Mount Carmel's other win on the mat was Connor Guzior's at 145. He beat Matt Ferraro, 7-6. At the time, it closed the Caravan margin to 23-9.
"I knew I had to get the job done if we were to have a chance," Guzior said. "Ferraro is a tough wrestler and I knew I had to wrestle hard and not let my team down."
The Caravan got within 23-15 as Class 3A 152-pound champ Bryce Brill received a forfeit. The Caravan's Yahya Thomas opened the match with a forfeit at 106. Brill, who wrestled his freshman year at Marmion, said he would have liked to have wrestled against his old school.
"I know all those guys and it is weird because I was their teammate a few years ago," Brill said. "We wanted to win, but give credit to Marmion. They came out and wrestled well."
The Cadets had four pins and two major decisions. Mount Carmel's Jacob Tucker lost a tough 2-0 decision to Mikey Callahan at 138. Tucker, who bumped up a weight class, got taken down in the first period and could not score.
"I knew we needed the win, but I just couldn't escape," he said. "I really didn't mind bumping up a weight because Callahan is a good wrestler and to be the best, you have to beat the best."
Mount Carmel's Jimmy Mickens fell 4-3 to Nick Traxler as Traxler got a takedown in the third period.