High School Wrestling

2020 Illinois High School State Recap

Bailey Brothers

photo courtesy of IHSA

Our tour of state tournament recaps moves to one of the top states in the nation, Illinois. Its dominance in the international styles lends to national rankings for plenty of their student-athletes. Since the 2008-09 season, Illinois has been divided up into three classes for competition. Even so, there’s still plenty of talent to go around and there are always battles between ranked wrestlers throughout the tournament. It speaks to the level of competition year-in and year-out when the 2020 tournament came and went without a four-time state champion. Along those same lines, despite having a great talent base, only a handful of freshmen finished their first year of high school by calling themselves “state champions”, another testament to the difficulty of winning in Illinois. 

The Illinois State Championships are held in Champaign, Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois, which makes sense. Four wrestlers from four different sections fill out a 16-man bracket. We have gone through all 42 brackets and found some of the interesting nuggets of information from the tournament that you may have missed in our Illinois High School State Recap.

State Champions

106: 3A Joe Fernau (Montini Catholic), 2A Kannon Webster (Washington), 1A Saul Trejo Jr (IC Catholic)

113: 3A Sergio Lemley (Mt. Carmel), 2A Chris Moore (Aurora Christian), 1A Gage Reed (Oakwood)

120: 3A Josh Koderhandt (Belleville West), 2A Nasir Bailey (Thornton Fractional North), 1A Phoenix Blakely (Dakota)

126: 3A Dylan Ragusin (Montini Catholic), 2A Drew Nash (Lemont), 1A Tristan Daugherty (Notre Dame)

132: 3A Noah Mis (Mt. Carmel), 2A Brody Norman (Washington), 1A Will Carlile (Litchfield)

138: 3A Joel Vandevere (Warren), 2A Noah Villarreal (Aurora Christian), 1A Dallas Krueger (Rockridge)

145: 3A Josh Ogunsanya (Oak Park-River Forest), 2A Sincere Bailey (Thornton Fractional North), 1A Nolan Throne (Rockridge)

152: 3A Joe Roberts (Montini Catholic), 2A Dean Hamiti Jr (Joliet Catholic), 1A Kyle Tunink (Newman Central Catholic)

160: 3A Luke Odom (Edwardsville), 2A Bilal Bailey (Thornton Fractional North), 1A Bryce Faworski (Winnebago)

170: 3A David Ferrante (Huntley), 2A Dylan Connell (Marian), 1A Logan DeAcetis (Prairie Central)

182: 3A Trevor Swier (Montini Catholic), 2A Adrien Cramer (Grayslake Central), 1A Joe Braunagel (Althoff Catholic)

195: 3A Nick Stemmet (Yorkville), 2A Robby Bates (Morris), 1A Daniel Jezik (Coal City)

220: 3A Josh Labarbera (Montini Catholic), 2A Apollo Gothard (Lemont), 1A Bryan Caves (Riverdale)

285: 3A Mike Bosco (Carl Sandburg), 2A Mo Jarad (Lemont), 1A Hayden Copass (Westville)

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