Tinley Park’s Jose Marban on quest for state title

Tinley Park’s Jose Marban on quest for state title

By:  Steve Miller, Daily Southtown
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Tinley Park senior Jose Marban has endured more than his share of setbacks during his career as a three-sport athlete, but none have hampered his desire to compete.

“I’m dealing with injuries left and right, but I just have to push through it,” Marban said. “I want to have a big senior year.”

As a junior, Marban’s wrestling season ended in January when he broke his hand in practice. He missed almost his entire senior football season this fall after he broke his right foot on the first day of practice.

“Then I injured a toe on the same foot,” Marban said. “I also have three herniated disks in my neck from sophomore year wrestling.

“There’s been a lot to deal with it, but I’ve been sitting around waiting for months getting ready for this wrestling season.”

Marban, ranked No. 10 in Class 2A at 182 pounds by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, took the title in the Dave Anderson Invitational at Stagg.

“Jose’s been champing at the bit ready to go,” Tinley Park coach John Pfeffer said. “He’s shown a lot of promise since his freshman year, and this year, he wants go out as a senior and live up to that promise.

“We have high hopes for him that when it matters most in February, he’s going to deliver.”

Marban fell one win short of qualifying for state as a sophomore and went to Champaign as an alternate, but never got his chance to wrestle.

“Since I was an alternate, I was still cutting weight,” he said. “It was pretty bad to do that for nothing. When I got down there and they said I wasn’t going to get in, I started eating this huge pile of food.

“I ate three sandwiches and I had two gallons of chocolate milk. I drank all of it sitting there watching my friends wrestle.”

That experience has Marban hungry to compete at state — as does the knowledge this season and baseball in the spring could represent the end of his athletic career.

“With all the injuries, I don’t know if I can go another four years playing a sport in college,” he said. “I want to finish strong in high school.”

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