National High School Coaches Association

January 2011- Ben Whitford, Sophomore, Marmion Academy, Aurora, Illinois

January 2011-  Ben Whitford, Sophomore, Marmion Academy, Aurora, Illinois



 Whitford has been the ringleader of Marmion’s rise to national wrestling prominence this season. He led the Cadets to a fourth-place finish in the Asics Walsh Ironman Invitational at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, winning the 130-pound title with two first-period pins, decisions of 11-5, 11-6 and 11-5 and a 3-1 finals decision over Brandon Jeske of Virginia Beach's (Va.) Frank W. Cox High in the championship match. At the Al Dvorak Memorial Invitational two weeks later at Machesney Park Harlem High, Whitford, the defending AA state champion, won his 60th consecutive match to start his career, scoring five takedowns in a 12-5 finals victory over defending AAA champion Joe Gosinski of Carol Stream Glenbard North High, ending Gosinski’s 71-match winning streak over two seasons.