The Standard: A Historical End to a Memorable Season


By Pat Galeher ‘22

On Friday, Feb. 25, the Crusader mat men were defeated by the tough Mahomet Seymour team. This marked the first Brother Rice appearance at the annual IHSA team state dual tournament. Although the Crusaders ended their season with a loss, that does not take away from their memorable season.

At the beginning of the season, not many people expected this team to make it as far as they did. Obstacles included missing a head coach, many young faces, and the football team making it to the semifinals which forced four starting wrestlers to join late. The Crusaders certainly exceeded […]

The Standard: A Historical End to a Memorable Season2022-03-17T22:48:35-05:00

The Standard: Tom Bennett – New Face at the Top of the Podium


By Tony Macellaio ‘22

One of the hardest things to do in sports is to win. Something harder than that is to win consistently. That’s exactly what senior Tom Bennett had to do when entering his first match at the State Championship.

Bennett made light work of his first two matches on the first day of the three-day tournament at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois. Then, he came across his biggest challenge yet. He would have to wrestle the number one seeded wrestler in the state.

Going into the match Tom knew what lay ahead.

“My opponent was […]

The Standard: Tom Bennett – New Face at the Top of the Podium2022-02-26T09:13:57-06:00

The Standard: Back-to-Back Regional Champs


By Pat Galeher ‘22

On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Crusaders won their second straight Regional Championship. All 13 wrestlers from Brother Rice who entered the regional placed in the top three at their weight classes. This means that all 13 Crusaders will be wrestling in sectionals at Hinsdale South this weekend.

Brother Rice dominated the competition by racking in a total of 242 team points. The Crusaders were led by six individual champs including Bobby Conway, Al Perez, Chuck Connolly, Nate Chirillo, Tommy Bennett, and Gabino Perez. They also finished with five runner-ups and two third places.

This season has certainly been a successful […]

The Standard: Back-to-Back Regional Champs2022-02-10T23:11:43-06:00

The Standard: Bennett Looking to Finish the Mission


By Tony Macellaio ‘22

After three years of wrestling in high school Tommy Bennett is still chasing something. Bennett has qualified to state every year throughout his high school tenure. He has yet to stand on the podium as a champion, but something is different this year.

As a senior captain of the team, Bennett has embraced his role and made some major adjustments to his approach this season.

With COVID-19 causing an unusual wrestling season last year it was easy for athletes to slack off and lose leverage on other competitors.

Tommy did the opposite.

Morning workouts became a usual start to the day before […]

The Standard: Bennett Looking to Finish the Mission2022-01-20T21:04:43-06:00

The Standard: Crusader Wrestling


By Declan McGuire ‘20

As an impressive season nears its end, I figured there was no better time than now to draw a Crusader wrestler.

With a serious chance to go down to state, all the Brother Rice wrestlers are working hard to make it there, but two that stand out are seniors Tom Crane and Michael Loughney.

These varsity wrestlers are the definition of hard work and dedication, and I hope to see it pay off at Sectionals and the state meet.

In the drawing above, I did my best to make the Crusader resemble the Hulk. I started off the draw by looking […]

The Standard: Crusader Wrestling2020-02-29T14:06:08-06:00

The Standard: Brother Rice Wrestling Regionals


By Connor Leibforth ‘20

On Feb. 8, the Brother Rice wrestling team competed in the 2A regionals.

A quality Brother Rice team had their hands full with a lot of quality competition coming from St. Laurence, Richards, Evergreen Park, Morgan Park, Goode Stem, and Hinsdale South.

The whole team was excited and knew they could do something special this year with the group of guys they had.

Senior Michael Loughney said, “I was pretty ecstatic because it was my last year and to go out like that meant a lot.” Loughney also wasn’t in it just for himself; he wanted to win for the team. […]

The Standard: Brother Rice Wrestling Regionals2020-02-22T15:21:56-06:00

Murphy Helps Lead Young Crusaders at Regional Meet

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by Tim O’Brien

During his varsity career, Br. Rice senior wrestler Dominic Murphy has built an impressive resume with impressive wins and two trips to state.

But with a young Crusaders squad around him this year, Murphy has added another skill to his list of abilities: team leader.

The lone senior of eight Br. Rice wrestlers who advanced to the regional championship or third-place match, Murphy has worked hard to help his younger teammates achieve success.

Murphy won the 170-pound championship on Feb. 2 at the Class-2A Hinsdale South regional. It was Murphy’s third regional title.

Murphy Helps Lead Young Crusaders at Regional Meet2019-02-08T10:40:44-06:00


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