Last season, freshman wrestler David Ferrante was a force for Huntley, stepping right into the starting lineup, helping the Red Raiders to a program-best season while individually winning regional and sectional titles before placing at state.
On Sunday, the sophomore notched another accomplishment in his young high school career, becoming the first Red Raider to earn All-America honors at the prestigious USA Wrestling U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet National tournament in Fargo, North Dakota. Ferrante became what Huntley coach BJ Bertelsman said was the program’s first Fargo medalist by reaching the semifinals, and eventually the third-place match, of the Cadet Freestyle 160-pound bracket.
In the morning, Ferrante won his quarterfinal match over Riley Habisch of Minnesota, 10-0. It was his third consecutive technical fall of the tournament. Ferrante lost in the semifinals, 9-8, to David Key of Georgia.
Ferrante bounced back to beat Minnesota’s Zach Glazier, 5-2, in the consolation semifinals. He will have a rematch with Habisch in the third-place match Monday.
The Fargo tournament, the largest high-school wrestling tournament in the country, began Saturday and will run through next Saturday. The tournament is broken into two styles (cadet and freestyle) and two age divisions – with the Junior division featuring all high school wrestlers in grades 9 through 12 and the Cadet division specifically for 15- and 16-year-old wrestlers.
McHenry sophomore Jaden Glauser – who like Ferrante was a varsity force and state placer as a freshman last year – also reached Sunday’s quarterfinals in the Cadet Freestyle 182-pound bracket. Glauser lost to Devin Winston of Missouri by 12-1 technical fall in the quarterfinals and then lost to Nevada’s Connor Bourne, 16-15, in the consolation bracket.
Earlier in the Cadet Freestyle tournament, Huntley’s Sam Spencer (120) and Jacobs’ John Ridle (138) lost their opening matches and, despite winning consolation matches, were eliminated.
A few more local wrestlers are competing in other portions of the tournament.
Two Huntley wrestlers were competing in the Junior Freestyle tournament, which began Sunday. Huntley’s Jimmy Pellegrino won his opening match at 106, while fellow Red Raider Zach Spencer lost his opening match at 132 and then won three consolation matches before finally being eliminated. Additionally, both Spencer brothers, along with Marian Central’s Luke Silva qualified to wrestle in the upcoming Greco-Roman tournaments later in the week.