Preps YIR: Mammen AOY

Preps YIR: Mammen AOY

Senior Boys’ Athlete of the Year: Urbana’s Cameron Mammen

Mammen was the All-Area Player of the Year in football after quarterbacking the Tigers to a 9-2 record and their first postseason victory, setting season (1,790 yards) and career (4,613) passing records for Urbana. He followed up by winning the Class 2A 170-pound wrestling state title, compiling a 33-0 record. At state, he had a series of record-setting performances: quickest pin in any match (31 seconds), quickest technical fall in any match (2 minutes, 45 seconds) and most points scored in a 2A title bout (15). We asked Mammen to describe what high school sports meant to him. His thoughts:

Sports have been a huge part of my childhood and teenage years. Although I can’t really get over the fact that my high school career is over, I am very humbled by my accomplishments. Throughout many years of wrestling my dad in the living room to winning the first football playoff game in school history, I have come to the realization that sports means two things to me: opportunity and competition.
For me, it all started when my dad took me to a wrestling tournament when I was about 6 years old. He bumped me up to wrestle in an older division for a tougher challenge, and I lost. I stormed off in tears and have never felt a more disgusted feeling in my entire life than to lose. From that point forward, I was determined to be the best in every sport in which I competed.

Heading into high school, I knew that there were many challenges that I would face. Urbana High School has not had very many successful football and wrestling seasons in recent years. Instead of transferring to a different school, which many kids had done, I chose to confront the challenges head on. I wanted to prove that if you work hard enough and believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything no matter where you go to school. Individually in wrestling, and as a part of the football team, I’ve had an opportunity to compete against the very best individuals and teams in the entire state. I fully enjoyed battling the best and succeeding, which is what sharpened my competitive edge.

My family taught me as I was growing up that things are not just given to you in life, that you have to work hard for everything. It has been an amazing experience, winning an individual state championship in wrestling and leading my football team to a conference championship with a record-setting season. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be able to play sports and continue to live out my lifelong dream of playing football at the collegiate level.

I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, friends, family and most importantly God, who supported me and helped me become the athlete and person I am today. Sports has allowed me to travel to places and make friendships that I would not have had otherwise.

I plan on leading my Malone University football team to championships and continuing to prove people wrong.

Area honorable mention
Louis Acklin, St. Joseph-Ogden
Nick Berger, Judah Christian
Ryan Berry, Georgetown-RF
Cashmere Blissit, Champaign Central
Addison Bounds, Prairie Central
Andy Brown, Sullivan
Hans Carmien, Fisher
Kevin Carroll, St. Thomas More
Chris Deaville, Rantoul
Daulton DePatis, Watseka
Alec Dutton, Salt Fork
Ryan Donohue, Monticello
Jesse Hahne, Schlarman
Cole Hasselbring, Cissna Park
Chet McClure, GCMS
Tyler Moxley, Mahomet-Seymour
Mitch Negangard, Unity
Ryan Pearce, Villa Grove
Kye Reczek, Clinton
Chuckie Robinson III, Danville
Bailey Runyen, Cerro Gordo
Nic Stevens, LeRoy
John Taylor, Heritage
Michael Thompson, Urbana
Austin Toler, Bismarck-Henning
Luke Vaughn, Centennial
George Voulgaris, Urbana Uni High
Nolan Walsh, Tuscola
Andy Webb, Atwood-Hammond
Keaton Zirkle, Iroquois West

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