James Foy, the most accomplished wrestler in Leo history!

Senior James Foy is now the most accomplished wrestler in Leo High School history.

Competing at 138 pounds, Foy finished as runner-up in the Class 1A state finals at the University of Illinois over the weekend of Feb. 16-17. In only the third year since Leo resurrected its interscholastic wrestling program, Foy became the first Lion to reach a state-finals match, where defending champion Joey Bianchini of Elmhurst’s Immaculate Concepcion rallied for three points in the final period to pull out a 6-3 decision in a closely contested match.

“We are enormously proud of James,” Leo Principal Shaka Rawls said. “This a great accomplishment for him and for our school. He has been a great representative of Leo since enrolling.”

A first-place finish in the regional and a runner-up showing at the sectional level got Foy to Champaign, where he pinned Carson Schaefer of LeRoy in his first-round match, decisioned Max Christoff of Belleville Althoff 14-12 in the quarterfinals and dominated Zeke Marshall of Aurora Christian 10-5 in the semifinals. That set up a rematch with Bianchini, his opponent in the sectional final, and the I.C. wrestler prevailed with an escape and a two-point takedown after they’d gone to the final period tied 3-3.

Leo junior Kyle Hickmon also qualified for the state meet at 145 pounds, but was unable to compete because of a shoulder injury.

The son of first-year Leo Coach Michial Foy, James Foy concluded his senior season with a 37-8 career record. He hopes to continue wrestling in college.