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.