Montini Catholic is congratulating senior Jake Stiles for his commitment to join the University of Oklahoma's Wrestling Program. Montini Catholic's outstanding athlete is looking forward to becoming a Sooner in the fall of 2019.
Jake began his passion for wrestling when he was only eight years old, and while playing not one, but three other sports. "Wrestling was always my favorite," he said. "I have found plenty of success and really love to compete!"
Jake has been a key member of the Montini Catholic team - keeping his Broncos in the wrestling headlines every season. He has secured two state individual titles (2018, 2019) and two all conference titles for these same years (152). He entered the Class 3A State Finals undefeated at 46-0 (a perfect season he fought earnestly for his mother, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.). With Jake on the team, Montini wrestlers are once again the CCL Conference Champions and took the first place Class 3A Championship title again this year (Montini's 15th state title). In addition to Jake, the Broncos celebrated two other Individual state champions - Peter Christensen (195) and Dylan Ragusin (126).
Jake is also a contender for the IWCOA Wrestler of the Year Award (along with teammate Peter Christensen) and will be honored at the All-State Awards Luncheon on April 7th (Palos Heights). Selections for this honor were based on the voting by the membership of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association.
He is considering a business degree at Oklahoma but is refraining from making his final commitment while exploring other options. His success on the mat has earned him a multitude of college offers, including those from Ohio State, Fresno State, and the University of Illinois. Jake is confident, however, that Oklahoma is the best choice. "The campus is really nice and the coaches and people I met there made me feel immediately like it was home," he said.
Jake is very excited to begin the next chapter in his wrestling and academic career. "I can't wait to get on campus," he said. "The coaches expect a lot from me and I'm going to show them that they made the right decision!" His parents support him in his college choice as well. "They think I made a really good decision and they want the very best for me as I earn a degree!"
"I really want to say thanks to all my coaches (Israel Martinez, Mikey Benefiel, Coach Farris, and Coach Guida) for guiding me in the right direction and making me into a successful person, on and off the mat," said Jake, adding, "I would like to also thank my mom and dad who do everything for me! I would definitely not be in this position without their efforts!"