Athletes of the Week
Sutton completed his second straight undefeated season with a state championship at 160 pounds on Feb. 22. In the finals, Sutton was challenged by Washington's Jacob Warner, but came away with an, 11-6, decision. In his junior and senior years combined, Sutton's record was 82-0.
Crystal Lake Central, jr.
Marsden won his first state championship with a first-period pin against Montini's Anthony Ferraro. In the Lakes Sectional final, Marsden lost to Ferraro for one of his two losses this season. Marsden was the only Class 2A champion to win by pin in each of his four matches. He spent a combined 6 minutes and 15 seconds on the mat in his four state matches.
Individual State Recap: Of the 36 state qualifiers at the individual state finals in Champaign, nearly half, 17, came home with medals. By place there were two firsts, four seconds, four thirds, four fifths and three sixths.
Crystal Lake Central had the most state place winners with seven, followed by Richmond-Burton with three, Crystal Lake South with two and Cary-Grove, Dundee-Crown, Harvard, Marian Central and McHenry each with one.
Of the 36 qualifiers, only 11 were seniors, so the area will return 25 state qualifiers next season including 11 place winners.
Dual Team State: Harvard will have a tough quarterfinal opponent in Oak Forest on Saturday at the Dual Team State Tournament at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
The Bengals had eight individual state qualifiers, four of which placed. Oak Forest had two reach the finals with Dan Swan winning at 113 and Francis Edelen taking second at 106.
Harvard sent three to state – Matthew Wheeler (160), Zach Martin (195) and Adam Freimund (285). Freimund placed fifth and Martin lost in the consolation quarterfinals, the place elimination round.
If the Hornets beat Oak Forest, they will meet the winner of Geneseo and Simeon in the semifinals.
This week’s top meet
Dual Team State Tournament in Bloomington
Harvard vs. Oak Forest
9 a.m. Saturday
The Hornets can secure a state medal with a win against the Bengals.