After Christmas is when the high school wrestling season starts to really heat up as teams across the state begin to position themselves for runs in both their conference tournaments and the state tournament, and individual wrestlers begin to really push to get into the best shape possible for a run at an illustrious individual state championship.
The St. Rita Varsity Wrestling Team has flown virtually under the radar so far this season, but with a very young squad, they are starting to hit their stride.
After trouncing Catholic League rival Brother Rice at St. Rita over the Christmas break, their hard work and dedication was on full display last weekend as they took their singlets on the road to Holton High School in Michigan for a tournament to battle teams from the Wolverine state.
After going (3-0) in their pool, defeating Newaygo High School, West Catholic High School, and the host team Holton, Head Coach Mike Boyd's squad advanced to beat Montabell High School and Jenasan High School to win the tournament.
The Mustangs will travel to Lincoln-Way East High School this weekend to take part in the Illinois Classic Tournament, which is made up of coaches who once wrestled for the Illini.