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Batavia’s Aidan Huck remains focused on state


Batavia senior Aidan Huck Has the ability to act against the rules.

If every wrestler has a preferred style, he likes it to be ever-changing and hard to define.

“I think I’m a little more scrappy than most guys and I like the flow of being able to move from one move to the next,” Huck said. “My style is not remotely good.

“I like to grab a guy by the elbows and tie him up and definitely score from there.”

It worked again on Saturday when Huck beat Mount Carmel. Jairo Acuna 5-3 in the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional in the 144-pound championship match.

Huck (40-5) is one of four wrestlers from Batavia who have qualified for the individual state meet, which begins Thursday at the State Farm Center in Champaign.

Senior Ino Garcia (24-5) won the regional championship at 120, while the seniors Ashton Sheldon (40-9) ranked third and last with 215 points Ben Brown (31-2) finished fourth with 190 points.

Huck is now a three-time state qualifier.

“He is one of the most genuine people I know,” Sheldon said. “He doesn’t let little things affect him. “He’s just willing to work and it definitely pays off.”

Batavia’s Aidan Huck works out against Mount Carmel’s Jairo Acuna in the 144-pound title match of the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional Championships on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (Steve Johnston/Daily Southtown)

Huck set a new personal record with 40 wins in a season. He is now 97-27 over the last three seasons.

“I worked hard with my coaches on focusing on my weaknesses,” he said. “The biggest thing I learned was that I couldn’t be as comfortable in matches as I used to be.

“I like having that edge and that has been my focus.”

For as long as he can remember, Huck was competitive by nature.

“I’ve been playing sports all my life,” he said. “I had the drive to do good, no matter what it was in sports, basketball or football. “This mentality brought me to where I am today.”

There is no place to hide in wrestling, which is a combative sport by nature.

“It all depends on you and the discipline you strive for,” he said. “Now I’m tidying everything up and perfecting everything down to the smallest detail.”

Marmion Academy's Nicholas Garcia wins the Mt.  He wrestled Carmel's Justin Williamson to a 6-5 win at 113 pounds.  (Steve Johnston/Daily Southtown)
Marmion’s Nicholas Garcia turns things around against Mount Carmel’s Justin Williamson in the 113-pound championship match of the Class 3A Hinsdale Central Regional on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (Steve Johnston/Daily Southtown)

make a comeback

Marmion sophomore Nicholas Garcia It had to be recalibrated.

Mount Carmel at the end Justin Williamson Trailing 3-0 early in the third quarter, Garcia used the comeback and takedown for a 6-5 decision in the 113-pound championship match in Hinsdale.

Garcia (41-7) finished fourth at state with 106 points last season for the Cadets, who advanced to four regional finalists and seven state playoff appearances on Saturday.

“He had a really good game plan against me,” Garcia said of Williamson. “But I knew I had it in me. I just needed to start my moves.

Survival of the fittest

The consolation semi-final is popularly known as the “blood round”.

Winners are guaranteed a top-four finish and a spot at state.

West Aurora senior Aiden Massaro A five-point run was used in the first period to give Naperville Central an 8-3 decision you MartinRegional champion in the 120-pound consolation semifinals.

Massaro (32-13) finished fourth as one of the Blackhawks’ five state qualifiers.

super six

St. Charles East had a regional top six individual champions in Conant.

elderly people Okay Davino (132), Tyler Guerra (138), jayden column (144), Gavin Connolly (150) and Brody Murray (175) came first. sophomore Dom Munaretto He won the 113-pound championship.

Lesson learned

Yorkville senior missing first part of season due to collarbone surgery following dirt bike accident Ryder Janeczko making up for lost time.

Janeczko (20-9) earned a 12-1 decision over Belleville East’s Terence Willis in the Quincy Regional’s 157-pound title match.

“I focused on my offense and went out with a clear mind,” Janeczko said. “I’m more of an unorthodox and funky wrestler.”

About that dirt bike?

“It will probably be sold this spring,” he said.

Patrick Z. McGavin is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News.


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