History Has Been Made


The Marian Central wrestling team being presented with their 3rd place trophy at Team State.

Joey Fitzgerald, Crown Writer

Marian Central Catholic High School has just capped off a historic season during the last weekend in February in Bloomington, IL bringing home a Team State trophy. The craziest part about it is how fast the team got turned around. Three years ago David Silva was named Head Coach and what he has done is nothing less than greatness. This year Silva has accomplished what many coaches never do by bringing home a Team State trophy back to Marian.

The biggest change has been in the practice room. Senior Cade Bokowy said, “The biggest change is the different energy in the room. Everyone is working every practice, and they all want to get each other better.” With all that being said, the energy level is credited to Coach Silva. Bokowy (12) also said that the intensity and technique that has been learned is levels above the abilities he had that when he was a freshman. There has even been a big change in styles of wrestling from the wrestlers who progressed from their freshman to sophomore year. Sophomores Kaden Randazzo and Elon Rodriguez were among eight wrestlers to qualify for state and had terrific seasons. Randazzo (10) was not even expecting to have such a great season. He said, ”I wasn’t sure what to expect for myself. I knew my weight class was tough, but at the same time I was getting pushed every day by some of the best in the state, and that really helped earn me my trip downstate.”

Mindset plays a massive role in the sport of wrestling. They went through four and a half months of constant drills, cutting weight, and learning new techniques. This grueling process separates the men from the boys. Junior Jack Harman said, ”We are the most mentally tough team in the state. We put in work like nobody else, and for us to keep going, and push is why we got where we are.” Harman (11) will be returning next year and looking for his second trip downstate, and his practice partner Elon Rodriguez (10) will also be looking for his second shot next year as well. Rodriguez (10) placed fifth at the 113 lb weight class and was one of the more of the mentally tough kids. Rodriguez said, ”This season was great. I had a couple of times where I was banged up, but my coach just trains and pushes us so even in those times I was ready to go.”

The team will have a few seniors graduate this year but are getting a big influx of talented wrestlers, there is no doubt they will be another title contender next year. There is a short break for most of the wrestlers to just relax, and reflect on how their seasons then it is back to work. Again, in no time, the season will roll around, and the storm will be on its way.