[Mark Black for Shaw Media]
Huck is optimistic that he can reassert his previous form when it truly matters, with the all-important three-week stretch of the DuKane Conference tournament, the regional and sectional rapidly approaching.
“I am probably going to be seeded pretty low,” Huck said of his potential competition during the demanding stretch. “But I firmly believe I will be making it back downstate again.”
Marian Central Catholic, currently ranked No. 2 in Class 2, dominated the 17-team field with 256.5 points.
The Woodstock high school had five champions, two runners-up and four major-consolation victors in the third-place matches.
Glenbard East, the defending champion, was fourth behind Addison Trail and West Aurora with 130 points.
Wheaton Warrenville South had three runners-up among its five place-winners to finish in eighth place with 96 points.
Blake Kunkel also had to fight his way through the fifth-place bracket for Geneva at 285 pounds.
The Vikings’ heavyweight duplicated the efforts of his senior classmate Huck with a pair of falls, including West Aurora junior Jordan Lishman for his consolation title.
“I knew (Lishman) was much bigger than me,” Kunkel said. “It turned out well for me. I am just trying to have fun. It’s the last Newbill I am going to be in.”
The Vikings’ Preston Leake and Nicky O’Keefe completed the team total of 49.5 points – good for 15th – with their seventh-place victories at 138 and 145 pounds.