Wrestling / 133 pounds / Senior / Northfield, Ohio
Louis DeMarco is a senior on the UChicago wrestling team. A regular starter at 133 pounds, the team co-captain helped lead the Maroons to a second-straight University Athletic Association (UAA) team title. DeMarco won the UAA title in his weight class by scores of 13-4 and 7-5.
Head Coach Leo Kocher: "Senior Louis DeMarco was just voted co-captain by his teammates for this past season. It was well deserved. Louis was not only a leader and exemplary team member the past four years, he overcame serious injuries throughout his career. There were serious doubts as to whether he could compete in our UAA Championship a few weeks ago. This would have put the team at a serious disadvantage since he was our only 133-pound wrestler. Turns out it would have been hard to keep him off the mat for his last shot at an individual UAA Championship. Louis made the most of his opportunity and led the team to the conference championship by capturing his weight class."
Teammate Joe Scheidt: "Four years ago, my freshman class started a culture shift in the UChicago wrestling program. Half of our starting lineup were freshmen, including Louis. Louis has always been one of our most consistent performers; his work ethic has helped set an example for each new year of recruits. Two of our wrestlers recorded All-American performances at Nationals this year, the most in recent memory. I have no doubt this is a direct result of the leadership that seniors like Louis have shown over the last four years. Our team recognized Louis' leadership this year by electing him captain for the 2018-19 season."
DeMarco Quick Facts
- Louis studied abroad in China in high school.
- Louis eats the same food after weigh-ins each time.
- After graduation, Louis will work at Citibank in New York.
Other OOC Nominees
Ryan Cutter (Men's Track & Field)
- Head Coach Chris Hall: "Ryan had a really outstanding indoor season. He first qualified for the NCAAs in December (coming off the cross country season). He maintained his fitness throughout the season, showing great improvement throughout the year. He qualified to the NCAAs in both the 3K and 5K, but we opted to run the 3K. His prelim went just as we hoped as he ran the sixth-fastest time that day and advanced to finals. I felt Ryan did everything right in the finals as well - he put himself into a great position throughout the race and responded to the flow of the race consistently. He fatigued late in the race and fell off the pack late. I feel Ryan has really helped our distance squad to elevate to another level. He always shows great confidence and enjoys challenging himself."
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