As state approaches, these four are No. 1

As state approaches, these four are No. 1

The state wrestling meet begins Thursday at State Farm Center, and four local wrestlers sit atop their respective bracket:

Justin Cardani

The state champion a year ago at 106 pounds in Class 2A, the Illinois signee is poised to win another title on his future campus. The senior carries a 42-0 record into his first-round match at 113 against St. Laurence sophomore Mike Archer (27-16).

Anthony Turner

Danville hasn't had a state champion wrestler since Kenneth Parsons in 1958. Sixty years later, Turner — who sports a 37-1 record — could deliver at 132 pounds in Class 2A. The junior faces Marquez Morrow (22-6) of Chicago Vocational in the first round.

Luke Luffman

A back injury derailed the start of his junior season, but all the Illinois commit — who won a Class 2A state title at 220 pounds last year — has done since is compile a 15-0 record. He opens against Tinley Park's Ezekiel Childs (19-15) in the first round.

Cody Miller

The Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin senior knows what it's like to wrestle for a state title. He did so last year at 220 pounds in Class 1A, only to lose 12-9 to Orion's Logan Lee, an Iowa football commit. Miller (45-1) tangles with Clinton's Kyle Hammer (33-9) in his first match.