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State wrestling breakdown

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Here are the season summaries and state previews for the 36 area qualifiers to the IHSA Wrestling State Finals today through Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign. (Rank is Illinoismatmen.com ranking in weight and state class.)

Class 1A

Anthony Luis

Harvard, jr.

Weight: 106

Record: 36-6

Rank: No. 2

Tournaments: Harvard – first; Mid-States (Wis.) – seventh; Princeton – third.

Harvard Regional: First

Oregon Sectional: First

State Finals: Luis is seeded second and will face Belleville Althoff’s Jevon Hey (20-14) in the first round. He is not ranked and placed fourth at the Vandalia Sectional. If Luis advances, he could see No. 3 ranked Braxten Ary (23-5) from Midwest Central in the quarterfinals.

Irvin Pena

Harvard, sr.

Weight: 120

Record: 29-14

Rank: Not ranked

Tournaments: Harvard – sixth; Mid-States (Wis.) – DNP; Princeton – seventh.

Harvard Regional: First

Oregon Sectional: Fourth

State Finals: Pena will wrestle Roxana’s Dalton Brito (21-4) in the first round. Brito is ranked No. 6 and won the Vandalia Sectional.

Chance Shelton

Harvard, sr.

Weight: 132

Record: 36-11

Rank: No. 4

Tournaments: Harvard – first; Mid-States (Wis.) – seventh; Princeton – third (at 126).

Harvard Regional: First

Oregon Sectional: Fourth

State Finals: Shelton has second seeded Nate Jozsa (41-0) from Argenta-Oreana in the first round. Jozsa is ranked No. 1 and took first at the Vandalia Sectional.

Adam Freimund

Harvard, jr.

Weight: 285

Record: 41-5

Rank: No. 4

Tournaments: Harvard – first; Mid-States (Wis.) – second; Princeton – third

Harvard Regional: First

Oregon Sectional: Third

State Finals: In the first round, Freimund will see Bismarck-Henning’s Morgan Supergan (31-2). Supergan is ranked No. 2 and was second at the Stanford Olympia Sectional.

Class 2A

Corey Graham

Marengo, jr.

Weight: 113

Record: 30-9

Rank: No. 8

Tournaments: Richmond-Burton – fifth; Lincoln – second; Sycamore – fourth.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Third

State Finals: Graham wrestles Chicago Bowen’s Cory Wilson (22-6) in the first round. Wilson is an honorable mention selection and placed second at the Rich East Sectional.

Grant Sutton

Richmond-Burton, so.

Weight: 120

Record: 37-2

Rank: No. 2

Tournaments: Richmond-Burton – first; Harvard – first; Palatine – second.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Second

State finals: Sutton will meet B.J. McGhee (41-1) in the first round who handed Sutton one of his two losses this season. McGhee is ranked No. 1 but placed third at the Rochelle Sectional after a loss to Morris’ Kenny Baldridge in the semifinals.

Branden Peshek

Johnsburg, so.

Weight: 120

Record: 32-7

Rank: No. 9

Tournaments: Barrington – fourth; Richmond-Burton – second; Harvard – third; Fos Valley Conference – second.

Hampshire Regional: Second

Antioch Sectional: Third

State finals: In the first round, Peshek faces Geneseo’s Hunter Grau (35-10). Grau is an honorable mention selection who placed second at the Rochell Sectional.

Cameron Kennedy

Richmond-Burton, sr.

Weight: 126

Record: 40-1

Rank: No. 1

Tournaments: Richmond-Burton – first; Harvard – first; Palatine – first.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Second

State finals: Kennedy goes against East Peoria’s Casey McWhirter (25-6). McWhirter is ranked No. 10 and placed third at the Rochelle Sectional.

Brian McKay

Johnsburg, sr.

Weight: 126

Record: 29-10

Rank: HM

Tournaments: Barrington – DNP; Richmond-Burton – first; Harvard – second; FVC – third at 132.

Hampshire Regional: Second

Antioch Sectional: Fourth

State finals: In the first round, McKay goes against Boylan’s Alex Butler (36-8). Butler is an honorable mention who won the Rochelle Sectional.

Nick Remke

Marian Central, so.

Weight: 138

Record: 36-8

Rank: No. 10

Tournaments: Richmond-Burton – fifth; Harvard – first; Kaneland – second.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Third

State finals: Remke will wrestler Civic Memorial’s Gage Overton (29-12) who placed second at the Mattoon Sectional. Overton is not ranked.

Kyle Fugiel

Crystal Lake Central, jr.

Weight: 145

Record: 36-5

Rank: No. 2

Tournaments: Conant – third; Prospect – third; Dvorak – fifth; FVC – first.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Second

State finals: In the first round Fugiel will see De La Salle’s Brendan Shilney (26-18). Shilney is not ranked and placed third at the Rich East Sectional.

Garrett Sutton

Richmond-Burton, jr.

Weight: 152

Record: 34-0

Rank: No. 2

Tournaments: Richmond-Burton – first; Harvard – first.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Second

State Finals: Garrett Sutton is the No. 2 seed and will face Oak Forest’s Patrick Kristin (25-13). Kristin placed fourth at the Rich East Sectional.

Damon Cloe

Marengo, sr.

Weight: 152

Record: 23-3

Rank: No. 6

Tournaments: Lincoln – first; Sycamore – fourth.

Hampshire Regional: Second

Antioch Sectional: Second

State Finals: Cloe wrestles Chicago Bowen’s Bobby O’Banner in the first round. O’Banner (27-6) is an honorable mention selection and placed third at the Rich East Sectional.

Mike Zelasco

Crystal Lake Central, jr.

Weight: 160

Record: 25-5

Rank: No. 4

Tournaments: Dvorak – seventh; FVC – third.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Third

State Finals: Zelasco sees Oak Forest’s Jim Kluk in the first round. Kluk (25-14) is an honorable mention selection and placed second at the Rich East Sectional.

Andrew Marsden

Crystal Lake Central, so.

Weight: 170

Record: 39-4

Rank: No. 2

Tournaments: Conant – first; Prospect – first; Dvorak – fourth; FVC – first.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: First

State Finals: Marsden is the second seed and faces Peoria’s Martez Cox in the first round. Cox (39-3) is ranked No. 8 and placed fourth at the Rochelle Sectional.

Travis Keeling

Hampshire, sr.

Weight: 170

Record: 38-7

Rank: HM

Tournaments: Richmond-Burton – first; FVC – third.

Hampshire Regional: Second

Antioch Sectional: Second

State Finals: In the first round Keeling wrestles Rock Island’s Michael Cole (32-7). Cole is ranked No. 5 and placed second at the Rochelle Sectional.

Justin Ellman

Crystal Lake Central, sr.

Weight: 182

Record: 23-12

Rank: Not ranked

Tournaments: Prospect – DNP; Dvorak – DNP; FVC – fourth.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Second

State Finals: Ellman faces Urbana’s Alex Lynch in the first round. Lynch (26-14) is not ranked and placed third at the Mattoon Sectional.

Anton Krocko

Hampshire, so.

Weight: 182

Record: 30-9

Rank: Not ranked

Tournaments: FVC – sixth.

Hampshire Regional: Third

Antioch Sectional: Third

State Finals: Krocko wrestles Taylorville’s Brock Letcher in the first round. Letcher (34-3) is ranked No. 12 and won the Mattoon Sectional.

Christian Nugent

Johnsburg, sr.

Weight: 195

Record: 30-3

Rank: No. 4

Tournaments: Barrington – fourth; Richmond-Burton – first; Harvard – second; FVC – first.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: Second

State Finals: Nugent sees Joliet Catholic’s Anthony McInerney in the first round. McInerney (30-9) is not ranked and placed third at the Rich East Sectional.

Cody Barnes

Woodstock North

Weight: 195

Record: 20-14

Rank: Not ranked

Tournaments: Sycamore – 13th; FVC – sixth.

Hampshire Regional: Third

Antioch Sectional: Third

State Finals: Barnes faces Rich South’s Roy Hickman in the first round. Hickman (32-3) is ranked No. 7 and placed second at the Rich East Sectional.

Brent Pfaff

Crystal Lake Central, sr.

Weight: 195

Record: 16-9

Rank: Not ranked

Tournaments: FVC – fourth.

Hampshire Regional: Second

Antioch Sectional: Fourth

State Finals: Pfaff meets second seeded Pat Vitek from Nazareth Academy in the first round. Vitek (37-0) is ranked No. 3 and placed first at the Rich East Sectional.

Darwin Stone

Crystal Lake Central, sr.

Weight: 220

Record: 16-9

Rank: Not ranked

Tournaments: Dvorak – DNP; FVC – sixth.

Hampshire Regional: Second

Antioch Sectional: Third

State Finals: Stone faces Cahokia’s Shelton Pippen in the first round. Pippen (35-9) is an honorable mention selection and placed second at the Mattoon Sectional.

John Lesiak

Marengo, sr.

Weight: 220

Record: 16-3

Rank: No. 8

Tournaments: N/A

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: First

State Finals: In the first round Lesiak wrestles Springfield’s Alex Gelber (32-5). Gelber is ranked No. 7 and placed first at the Mattoon Sectional.

Brandon Boyle

Johnsburg, sr.

Weight: 285

Record: 28-7

Rank: No. 8

Tournaments: Barrington – second; Richmond-Burton – first; Harvard – second; FVC – second.

Hampshire Regional: First

Antioch Sectional: First

State Finals: Boyle meets Sterling’s Curtis Lilly in the first round. Lilly (33-5) is No. 3 and placed second at the Rochelle Sectional.

Class 3A

Austin Ryan

Jacobs, sr.

Weight: 106

Record: 34-3

Rank: No. 6

Tournaments: Richmond-Burton – first; Lake Park – first; FVC – second.

Huntley Regional: First

Barrington Sectional: Second

State Finals: Ryan faces Marmion’s Anthony Bosco in the first round. Bosco (33-8) is ranked No. 3 and placed third at the Shepard Sectional.

Travis Piotrowski

Prairie Ridge, fr.

Weight: 106

Record: 38-2

Rank: No. 5

Tournaments: Barrington – third; Prospect – first; Glenbrook South – first; FVC – first.

Lake Zurich Regional: First

Barrington Sectional: Third

State Finals: Piotrowski wrestles Shepard’s Santo Marciano in the first round. Marciano (32-8) is an honorable mention selection and placed second at the Shepard Sectional.

Michael Cullen

Cary-Grove, so.

Weight: 113

Record: 42-0

Rank: No. 4

Tournaments: Barrington – first; Palatine – first; Sycamore – first; FVC – first.

Lake Zurich Regional: First

Barrington Sectional: First

State Finals: Cullen is the top seed and will see Glenbard East’s Anfernee Rodgers in the first round. Rodgers (34-12) is not ranked and placed fourth at the Maine East Sectional.

Logan Hanselmann

Cary-Grove, jr.

Weight: 120

Record: 34-9

Rank: HM

Tournaments: Barrington – fifth; Palatine – fifth; Sycamore – eighth; FVC – first.

Lake Zurich Regional: Third

Barrington Sectional: Fourth

State Finals: Hanselmann wrestles top seeded Trayvon Zabala from Joliet Central in the first round. Zabala (43-0) placed first at the Moline Sectional.

Nick Gil

Crystal Lake South, jr.

Weight: 126

Record: 39-5

Rank: No. 6

Tournaments: Barrington – first; Dvorak – fifth; Oak Park-River Forest – second; FVC – first.

Huntley Regional: Second

Barrington Sectional: Second

State Finals: In the first round Gil faces Edwardsville’s Haydon Grammer (21-11), an honorable mention in the state rankings who finished third in the Moline Sectional.

Mike Infelise

McHenry, sr.

Weight: 126

Record: 36-6

Rank: HM

Tournaments: Prospect – third; FVC – second.

Grant Regional: First

Barrington Sectional: Fourth

State Finals: Infelise meets Plainfield Central’s Nick Nasenbeny in the first round. Nasenbeny (37-8) is ranked No. 5 and placed first at the Moline Sectional.

Eric Barone

Crystal Lake South, so.

Weight: 132

Record: 35-7

Rank: HM

Tournaments: Barrington – second; Dvorak – DNP; Oak Park-River Forest – fifth; FVC – first.

Huntley Regional: Second

Barrington Sectional: Second

State Finals: Barone faces Marist’s Mario Leveille in the first round. Leveille (34-10) No. 7 and placed third at the Sherard Sectional.

Nick Peters

Crystal Lake South, sr.

Weight: 138

Record: 36-9

Rank: No. 10

Tournaments: Barrington – second; Dvorak – eighth; Oak Park-River Forest – second; FVC – second.

Huntley Regional: Second

Barrington Sectional: Second

State Finals: In the first round Peters faces Bartlett’s Sal Annoreno (30-2). Annoreno is ranked No. 1 and placed third at the Maine East Sectional.

Mike Underwood

Cary-Grove, sr.

Weight: 138

Record: 40-9

Rank: HM

Tournaments: Barrington – fourth; Palatine – third; Sycamore – second; FVC – first.

Lake Zurich Regional: Second

Barrington Sectional: Third

State Finals: Underwood wrestles Wheaton North’s Sean Murray in the first round. Murray (36-14) is an honorable mention selection and placed second at the Maine East Sectional.

Wade Lardy

McHenry, sr.

Weight: 145

Record: 41-2

Rank: No. 7

Tournaments: Prospect – fourth; Sycamore – first; Batavia – first; FVC – first (at 152).

Grant Regional: First

Barrington Sectional: First

State Finals: Lardy, the second seed, sees St. Charles East’s Keone Derain in the first round. Derain (30-8) is an honorable mention selection and placed fourth at the Maine East Sectional.

Brandon Mabry

Huntley, sr.

Weight: 195

Record: 36-6

Rank: HM

Tournaments: Fenton – second; Harvard – first; Sycamore – fifth; FVC – second.

Huntley Regional: Second

Barrington Sectional: Third

State Finals: Mabry faces Edwardsville’s Blake Blair in the first round. Blair (44-3) is ranked No. 3 and placed second at the Moline Sectional.

Ray Griggel

Dundee-Crown, sr.

Weight: 220

Record: 15-6

Rank:

Tournaments: FVC – first.

Huntley Regional: Second

Barrington Sectional: Fourth

State Finals: In the first round Griggle wrestles top seeded Tom Howell from Marist. Howell (34-5) won the Shepard Sectional.

– Rob Smith

rsmith@shawmedia.com