Glenbard East senior wrestler Carlos Fuentez earned his first state medal by taking third at 106 pounds at the state tournament over the weekend. He was one of two Rams to earn all-state honors, along with teammate Dayton Olson, and recovered from a quarterfinal defeat to win four matches in the wrestlebacks to claim his medal. Fuentez, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, talked with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi in Champaign after he picked up his medal.
How did you mentally get ready after losing in the quarterfinals?
I just focused on winning one match at a time, just focusing on that next match ahead of me.
What did you do well at state?
I was just trying to break my opponents mentally. I was just trying to go after them. I was trying to wrestle tough, smart and hard.
What was key to the third place match against Glenbard North’s Kirk Johansen?
I wrestled him at sectionals in the quarterfinals. I don’t think [having wrestled him before] made a big difference. I wrestled him in IKWF [Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation] when we were in eighth grade, so I knew what he was going to do and he knew what I was going to do, so it was good.
Do you have any plans for college yet?
I’m not sure yet [where I’m going], but I’m definitely going to wrestle in college.