LT's Villarreal, two Roadrunners medal at state wrestling
Proviso West's Thurman, Fenwick's Kozyra also place
CHAMPAIGN — A.J. Villarreal was the only state qualifier for Lyons Township, but he found his way onto the medal stand in Champaign by taking sixth at 152 pounds. The junior won two straight in the wrestlebacks after losing his opening match. Oak Park-River Forest's Kamal Bey beat Villarreal for fifth place after also beating him in the first round. Villarreal finished with a 39-10 record.
Two Roadrunner wrestlers took medals at the Class 2A state meet. Senior Pat Vitek placed fourth at 195 pounds. Vitek lost to eventual state champion Anthony Ferraro of Montini in the semifinals. Senior Dan DeSimone took sixth at 220. Aeneas White's standout career came to an end with a loss in the first round at 182 pounds, and he wasn't able to compete in the wrestlebacks.
Mike Kozyra earned a state medal at 160 pounds by placing fourth in Class 2A. Dubem Ikedionwu went 1-2 at 170 pounds and Tony Triggiano lost his only match at 152.
Jameer Thurman closed out his Panther career with a third-place medal in Class 3A at 195 pounds. Thurman lost to eventual runner-up Jordan Ellingwood of Plainfield Central in the quarterfinals, but won four matches in the wrestlebacks to take third.
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