Day 2 state wrestling stars
After winning twice without allowing a point, the unbeaten (40-0) and second-ranked senior reached the finals in 3A at 285 pounds thanks to a 3-1 decision. He has outscored three state foes 20-1.
The unranked junior will try to complete a 1-2-3 sweep today. He knocked off the top-rated 2A 182-pounder in his first match and the No. 3 grappler in the semis. Next is Montini’s No. 2 Jake Turk.
Top-rated by Illinois Best Weekly, he went unchallenged while beating his first two 1A foes at 132 by a combined 31-0 margin. In the semis, he needed a last-minute takedown to win 4-2.
Top-ranked in 3A at 138 pounds, he topped a 2012 state champion in the quarterfinals and then secured a championship-match berth himself thanks to an 8-4 semifinal victory. He’s 48-1.
Senior showed his conditioning, surviving overtime matches against his first two opponents in 3A at 120 and then ending his semifinal match in the required 6 minutes with a 5-2 triumph.