CAROL STREAM – D’Andre Johnson knows he only has one more shot to make his mark at the state wrestling meet.
The Glenbard East senior won his second straight sectional title Saturday at Glenbard North to book his third trip to state.
“I feel kind of emotional because it’s my last one and my season is coming to an end,” Johnson said. “It’s just getting emotional, but it’s a lot of fun to keep winning.”
Johnson pinned York’s Tommy Helton in the 285-pound title match. The final was Johnson’s third pin in three matches at the sectional. He entered the state meet, which began Thursday in Champaign, with a 26-1 record.
Johnson also made state as a sophomore and junior. Last year he went 1-2 at state, which was below his own expectations. This year he is hoping to end his memorable career with a bang.
“My goal is have fun and get that state title,” Johnson said. “I’m feeling really good. I’m ready to put it all on the line.”
Johnson said he plans to wrestle in college, but is still undecided on where he will go. A strong showing at state could go a long way towards attracting some college programs, and his previous state experience will give him an edge in Champaign.
“I think that does help me a lot because now I’m not as nervous,” Johnson said. “Two years ago, I was very nervous. Last year, I was more accommodated to it and this year I’m going to be ready to go.”
Glenbard East also had five other wrestlers compete at the sectional. Sophomore Nick Donovan was one match away from qualifying for state at 106 pounds. Drew Fugiel, Fred Morris, Sean Corey and Bryan Andrews also wrestled at the sectional for the Rams.