Blue Line Training Academy wrestlers compete in State Championship

Chase Krantz
Zachary Montez

Four wrestlers in Geneseo’s Blue Line Training Academy competed in the Illinois State Freestyle Championships held April 23 at Marmion Academy in Aurora.

Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling is Olympic-style wrestling (International) with a different scoring system than used in high school and college wrestling (Folk style).

Zachary Montez, at 126 lbs.; Maliki Jackson, 138 lbs.; and Joshua Hock, 160 lbs. competed in the 16U division (Cadets).

Montez placed third and his top 3 finish qualifies him for the prestigious Freestyle National Tournament to be held in Fargo, N.D., where he will represent Team Illinois at Fargo Nationals on July 16-18. His only loss on the day was his match with eventual champion and two-time Illinois High School State Champion Ben Davino.

Montez won his other seven matches in dominant fashion, winning them all by technical fall which is a win by 10 points or more.

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