Noah Mis had an outstanding sophomore season for the Mt. Carmel wrestling team.

He helped the Caravan to the Chicago Catholic League (CCL) title, finished fifth at state and saw Mt. Carmel come up just short of making the state finals tournament as a team.

This year, Mis hopes the end of his junior season will be even better.

After finishing second at the CCL meet last year, Mis claimed first place on Jan. 25 at Providence Catholic at 132 pounds with a 5-1 decision over Montini’s Ethan Stiles.

Mis and Stiles are the two top-ranked wrestlers at 132 in the state.

“Yeah, it was tough losing last year. The kid I wrestled against was obviously really good,” Mis said. “From that moment, I knew I could win it. To come in this year, I wanted to win so bad and show I was the best wrestler.”

Mt. Carmel finished second (322.5 points) to Montini Catholic (373) in the standings. The Caravan and Broncos squared off in eight of the 14 championship matches.

The top two teams in Class 3A, Mt. Carmel and Montini will likely face off in late February at the dual team state championship.

“As a team, we came up short, but that keeps giving you fuel to the fire,” said senior Colton Drousias. “We have something we want at the end of the year. As a team, we’ll do whatever we can to get there and win state.”

Mis and Drousias were the Caravan’s two first-place finishers. Drousias defeated Montini’s Diego Sotelo 2-1 at 120 pounds. It was his second straight CCL championship.

Drousias won the Class 3A state title last year at 113 pounds.

“To me, it’s a reminder I need to keep doing what I’m doing,” Drousias said. “I need to stay on top because everyone’s coming and anyone can beat anyone on any given day. I need to stay on top of everything.”

Mis improved to 28-3 this season.

“It was a tough match in the finals. I wanted to prove I was ready for it,” Mis said. “I didn’t want to get too crazy. I wanted to stay solid and mentally strong.”

All 14 Caravan wrestlers finished in fourth place or better. Second-place finishers included seniors Jalen Grant (285 pounds) and Santino Blanco (195), juniors Noel Rosales (106), Connor Gaynor (145), Mario Tormey (170) and Nik Mishka (220), sophomore Michael Kelly (152) and freshman Sergio Lemley (113).

In a matchup of the top two wrestlers at 113 pounds, Lemley (28-3) lost a 2-1 decision in the first tiebreaker to Marmion’s Diego Sotelo.

“Coming in, I had the same mindset I’ve had all year,” Lemley said. “It could have gone either way. He wrestled really well. I’ve got to push the pace a little harder, finish my shots, and I’ll be good.”

Other top-six finishers for Mt. Carmel included sophomore Marcus Milianti (126) and seniors Colby Lopez (138) and Liam Reardon (182) in third and senior Owen Jacobson (160) in fourth.

De La Salle

For junior Mikhel Teverbaugh, losing by fall in the championship at 182 pounds was a tough end to a strong meet for the Morgan Park resident.

Teverbaugh lost to Montini’s Trevor Swier in the title match.

“It’s bittersweet a little bit to see the transition I’ve made this year and how much better I’ve gotten,” Teverbaugh said. “It always hurts to not come first.”

Teverbaugh (Clissold) transferred from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) to De La Salle last summer. He was the first CHSAS wrestler to win a match at state.

The transfer has been smooth for the junior.

“The season has gone really well. De La Salle felt like the right decision,” Teverbaugh said. “I’ve wrestled way more matches than I did last year, and the coaches have been great.”

Senior David Ortiz finished fourth at 220, and De La Salle finished in 11th place with 40 points.

St. Laurence

Finishing fifth (101 points) in the standings, the Vikings were led by senior Sean Burns’ fourth-place finish at 285.

Freshman Henry Coughlin (106), sophomores Damen Michicich (120) and Mike Gentile (145) and junior Mike Rodriguez (138) all finished in fifth. Sophomore Mike Gentile (145) finished in sixth place.

Br. Rice

Sophomore Tom Bennett led the Crusaders, finishing third at 152 pounds with a 13-3 major decision over Providence’s Jack Bruno.

Other top-six finishers for Br. Rice were sophomore Nathan Chirrillo (138) and junior Kevin Gilhouly (170) in fourth and junior Austin Veal (285) in fifth.

Br. Rice finished sixth (90 points).

St. Rita

Seniors Eric Andersen (220) and Marty Larkin (160) both finished in third place to help lead the Mustangs to an eighth-place finish (72). Sophomore Griffin Duffin took fourth place at 120 pounds.

St. Ignatius

Junior John Moroney helped lead the Wolfpack (12th, 29 points) with a fourth-place finish at 132 pounds. Junior Edward Doerries ended the day in sixth place at 152 pounds.

Leo

Martin Humphrey paced the Lions (13th, 17), winning fifth place at 195 pounds with a pin in just 17 seconds.