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With Nuntreae Jackson and Rudy Yates, Brother Rice has a pair capable of making extended postseason runs.
Jackson, a state qualifier last season, is considered one of the best 160-pounders in the state. The senior took first at Buffalo Grove and second at Hinsdale Central, dropping a tough 6-5 decision to top-ranked Davonte Mahomes of Oak Park-River Forest.
Yates, a freshman, already has Hinsdale Central and Buffalo Grove titles to his name. He currently stands as the premier wrestler at 106-pounds after downing Rich Central’s Jabary Moody, the top 106-pounder in Class 2A.
Marist has one of the busiest and most daunting schedules in the state, but junior Mario Leveille believes the Redhawks practice room can be just as tough as any match, if not more.
“Whenever you go live (in practice), your facing a top guy in the state,” Leveille said. “Almost every guy on our team is ranked in the state. That helps in big matches.”
While some of his teammates have garnered more recognition, Lincoln-Way Central’s Bryce Gorman is quietly having a strong season. The junior recently placed third at the loaded Granite City Invitational.
“I’m just really looking to qualify for state and possibly medal,” Gorman said.