Five wrestlers will represent Woodstock’s high schools in the IHSA Class 2A state finals at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 16 to 18.
After an exciting sectional in Wauconda Feb. 10 and 11, wrestlers from Marian Central Catholic and Woodstock North high school will make the trip.
Wrestlers from all three Woodstock high schools had qualified for sectionals and competed in their respective weight classes.
Three Marian Central Catholic High School Hurricanes (of the five that competed in sectionals) will move to the state tournament after two first-place and one second-place finishes.
Junior Anthony Randazzo won the 132-pound weight class after a first-round bye, pins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, and a win by decision in the championship match.
Senior Anthony Silva finished second in the 145-pound weight class after a first-round win (18-3), a pin in the quarterfinal, an OT win (11-9) in the semifinal round and a loss in the championship match.
Junior Luke Silva won the 152-pound weight class after a first-round bye, pins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, and an 8-2 decision in the championship match.
“The state series is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s my favorite part of the season. I am pleased with how I wrestled against good competition,” Luke Silva said.
“I am very happy for Anthony, Anthony and Luke,” said head coach David Silva. “They are our team captains, and it’s fitting that they all wrestled well and qualified for state. Our goal this year is for them to be not just state qualifiers, but state place finishers. They have worked very hard to get on the podium this year.”
Hurricanes Zach Gustafson, 195 (2-2, two pins) and Patrick Brunken, 220 (2-2, two pins), both juniors, also wrestled in sectionals but did not qualify to move on to the state tournament.
Two of the three Woodstock North High School Thunder wrestlers finished the weekend in third place in their respective weight classes, both qualifying for state.
Cole Walkington, 120-pound weight class, had a first-round bye, won the quarterfinal 10-5, lost in the semifinals 4-2, won the consolation semifinal by pin and won the third-place match by decision.
Chris Flores, 220-pound weight class, also had a first-round bye, won the quarterfinal 5-2, lost in the semifinals by pin and won the third-place match by decision.
Freshman Carter Miller, 106-pound weight class (1-2, one pin) also represented the Thunder but did not earn a trip to state this year.
“I thought our guys wrestled really well. Both Cole and Chris bounced back from semifinal losses and dominated their opponents in the wrestle backs to claim third place. Carter lost two close matches. Chris and Cole still have work to do. This is just part of the end goal,” said Thunder coach Tim Creighton.
Sophomore Aidan Jacobs, 182 (2-2, one pin), represented Woodstock High School at sectionals.
“Although Aidan fell just short of qualifying this year, wrestling in this environment was a very valuable experience for a him as a sophomore. Winning or losing a sectional match can often come down to just executing or not executing one small thing. I think all of our wrestlers can learn from Aidan’s experience as we look to improve next season,” coach Jon Grell commented.
Also representing WHS was senior Nathan Van Hoorn, 220 (1-1, one bye, one pin).
“Nathan has been a solid, steady worker for us for four years, and we were proud of his efforts at sectionals,” said Grell.