James Foy, the most accomplished wrestler in Leo 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.

Date Day Time Level Opponent Location
Nov 20 Monday 5 pm All St Rita & Kelly St Rita HS
Nov 29 Wednesday 5 pm All Lindbloom Lindbloom HS
Nov 30 Thursday 5 pm All Brother Rice & Loyola Brother Rice HS
Dec 2 Saturday 9 am Varsity Fenton Invitational Fenton HS
Dec 2 Saturday 9 am Soph Multiple School "Scramble" St Ignatius HS
Dec 6 Wednesday 6 pm All DePaul & Von Stuben DePaul Prep
Dec 9 Saturday 9 am All Hope Academy Quest Sports Complex
Dec 13 Wednesday 5 pm All De La Salle LEO
Dec 15 & 16 Fri & Sat TBA TBA Minnesota Tourney Minnesota
Dec 21 Thursday 5 pm All Thornton Thornton HS
Dec 30 Friday 9 am Soph St Laurence St Laurence HS
Jan 4 Thursday 9 am Varsity St Ignatius St Ignatius HS
Jan 6 Saturday 1 pm Varsity St Laurence, Washington & St Joe St Laurence HS
Jan 13 Saturday 9 am Varsity Braidwood Tourney Reed Custer HS
Jan 15 Monday 9 am JV CCL "Scramble" Loyola Academy
Jan 17 Wednesday 4:30 pm Varsity Bowen, Julian & Hubbard Bowen HS
Jan 19 & 20 Fri & Sat 9 am Varsity CCL Varsity Championships Mt Carmel HS
Jan 27 Saturday 9 am Soph CCL Soph Championships Brother Rice HS
Feb 3 Saturday 9 am Varsity IHSA Regionals Harlan H.S.
Feb 9 & 10 Friday & Saturday TBA Varsity IHSA Sectionals Hope Academy
Feb 15-17 Thurs, Fri & Sat TBA Varsity IHSA State Finals U of Illinois Champaign
Feb 20 Tuesday 5 pm Varsity IHSA Team Sectionals TBA
Feb 24 Saturday 9 am Varsity IHSA Team State Finals US Cell Arena, Bloomington