State Wrestling: Oak Forest’s Swan a champion
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media February 16, 2013 10:48PM
Oak Forest's Danny Swan celebrates winning the Class 2A 106-pound state title. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 18, 2013 6:42AM
CHAMPAIGN — There’s no quit in Danny Swan.
The Oak Forest sophomore avenged a defeat to reach the finals, and he repaid two more to become the 106-pound state champion Saturday at Assembly Hall.
Swan downed Rich Centra’s Nkosi Moody, a nationally ranked and unbeaten senior, 4-2 in overtime. Moody had topped Swan the previous two weeks at regionals and sectionals.
“I wrestled this tournament the best I ever have in my life,” Swan said. “I felt like I knew him inside and out because I had so much time on my feet with him.
“(Friday’s semifinal) really put me in the mind-set that I could do this,” Swan added.
In Class 3A at 106 pounds, Brother Rice freshman Rudy Yates downed Plainfield South’s Miguel Silva in a battle of undefeated speedsters.
“We had some really good recruits this year, so hopefully next year we’ll have some more state champs,” Yates said. “Like my coach says, nothing like being lucky.”
At 113 pounds, a rivalry three weeks in the making came to its conclusion.
Thornton’s Kris Williams and Marist’s Mark Duda took turns winning at regional and sectionals, but it was Williams who pulled through Saturday, downing Duda 6-1 for his second straight state title.
“This is definitely better than last year,” Williams said. “It’s the second one in a row and a lot of people doubted me.”
The Southland’s 113-pound division was stacked. Lockport’s Brian Rossi topped Sandburg’s Jim Pellegrino for third place, while Providence’s Ronald Triche took fifth.
Mount Carmel’s Bryce Brill, who is headed to Northwestern, capped his undefeated season at 145 pounds. Brill looked unstoppable in downing McHenry’s Wade Lard 17-6. It was Brill’s second state title. He also finished second last year as a sophomore.
“I just try to be the most dominating person out there,” Brill said. “It’s a great feeling to be state champion.”
Rich South’s Roy Hickman finished second in Class 2A at 195 pounds.
Tinley Park’s Derek Schultz was second at 220 in Class 2A.