By Patrick Mangin ‘24

The Brother Rice wrestling team traveled to Champaign to compete in this year’s individual state tournament. The Crusaders had an impressive nine state qualifiers, four of which are only freshmen.

Despite an impressive showing, only one Crusader was able to place in the tournament.

Freshman Danny Costello represented the team well, placing 6th overall in the 2A 175 lb weight class. Danny had one pin in the tournament and finished with a record of 3-3.

Costello said, “I started wrestling a long time ago. When I came to Brother Rice, my coaches and teammates helped me and made it possible to reach the next level.”

As the coach of a former state champion, Coach Murzyn knows what it takes to be the best.

Coach Murzyn said, “You have to go into that tournament ready to wrestle or else you’re going to get beat. Hats off to all those who placed, especially our guy Danny Costello.”

Despite not having the performance they hoped for, the wrestling team has a young core with lots of talent ready to make a return. With the help of Coach Murzyn, the team should be able to develop their young talent and potentially have a few state champions in coming years.

Junior Jimmy Crane said, “I did not have the performance I hoped for at state this year, but I know that I will be back. We have a great team full of underclassmen that will come back better than ever.”

The Crusaders will compete in team sectionals on Feb. 21 with the hope of qualifying for team state this weekend.