This weekend, all 5 of our wrestlers represented Hawthorn South with character, poise, and pride! It is a truly remarkable accomplishment to make it to the State finals, representing the top 24 wrestlers in the State of Illinois at each weight. Every year, this tournament brings elite level competition and a roller coaster of emotions.

Three of our wrestlers fought hard, but found themselves eliminated in the preliminary round. Will L. wrestled an outstanding tournament. He won his first match decisively, but lost a close heartbreaker in the quarterfinals to last years 3rd place, All State finisher from Coal City. In the quarterfinal wrestle back, Will was sadly eliminated 2-4 to another very tough wrestler.
In the 275 pound weigh class, Hector E. wrestled the tournament of his life! He chose the perfect time to peak and wrestle like he never has before. He won his first round match, coming from behind with a 0-4 deficit to pin his opponent late in the 3rd period. In the quarterfinals, Hector was defeated by the eventual State champion. Entering the consolation bracket early required Hector to take the long road to the podium. In the quarter final wrestle back round, Hector again needed a come from behind victory over an enormous Coal City heavyweight. Again in the 3rd period, Hector recorded a fall after being down 0-3. In the semifinal wrestle back, Hector had a massive 6’ 6″ opponent who was a mountain of a kid. This match was a defining moment for him, as a win would put him onto the podium, and a loss would end his season. Hector came out relentlessly and threw his opponent to his back earning the fall in the first period. In the next round, Hector picked up another pin against a tough wrestler from Rockford. That victory catapulted him into the 3rd place match in the State finals. Hector was defeated by a very tough, well built 6’ 4” wrestler from Homer Glen.
This amazing journey for Hector resulted in him becoming an All State wrestler, finishing 4th place in the 2018 IESA State Wrestling Championship! Hector ended a 5 year All State draught for Hawthorn South, becoming the first All State wrestler since Andrew “Chick” S. finished 3rd. This also represents my first All State wrestler as a head coach, since I was Nielson’s assistant for Andrew’s last year. Congrats to all wrestlers, and thank you to all of our amazing staff members who contributed to another phenomenal season!