Marian Central Catholic High School wrestler Anthony Randazzo fell just short of a state title Feb. 18, taking second place at the IHSA state wrestling tournament at State Farm Center, Champaign.
Randazzo was one of three Hurricanes wrestlers and two Woodstock North High School wrestlers to represent Woodstock at the tournament.
Another ’Canes wrestler, Luke Silva, medaled in the competition, taking fourth in the 152-pound weight class after winning two of his five matches by pin.
Randazzo made it to the final by earning pins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds after a 6-5 win in the preliminary round. He wrestled the defending state champion, We Rachal, in the final, losing an 11-5 decision and earning second place in the 132-pound weight class.
“I am very proud of Anthony and Luke,” said Marian Central head coach David Silva. “As leaders of this program, they went downstate and earned their spots on the podium. We plan to bring two bracket boards home to Woodstock next year.”
Anthony Silva (senior, 145) also represented the Hurricanes in this year’s state tournament. He did not place after losing his preliminary round match and then a close wrestleback round by a score of 8-7.
Woodstock North sophomore Cole Walkington (120) lost 7-1 in the preliminary round. Thunder junior Christopher Flores (220) lost in preliminary and wrestleback rounds.
“Overall, I was pleased with how the season went,” said Tim Creighton, WNHS head coach. “Our team keeps growing and improving each year. We are a young team and only have one senior leaving us.”
“Cole and Chris’s state tournament didn’t go they way they would have liked. However, they both had a good season to build off of for next year.”
The wrestlers qualified for state at the IHSA Class 2A sectional tournament in Wauconda Feb. 10 and 11.