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Calcutt secures Loyola Academy’s second championship in two years with an overtime victory

Calcutt secures Loyola Academy’s second championship in two years with an overtime victory

Kai Calcutt continues to have a flair for the dramatic.

For the second straight yr, the Loyola Academy sophomore wrestler went into extra time in an IHSA Class 3A title bout, but this yr, Calcutt got here out on top, beating Marmion’s Joseph Favia 3-1 on Saturday, Feb. 17, on the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center in Champaign. He won his first state championship and the program’s second.

Calcutt was considered one of two finalists for the Ramblers as senior Quinn Herbert fell 13-5 to Prospect’s Jaxon Penovich within the 3A 190-pound title match.

Calcutt (31-4) won a yr after falling 3-2 to Yorkville’s Ben Alvarez within the 3A 220 final. He was joyful with the result this time, if not the trail to it.

Kai Calcutt sizes up Marmion Academy’s Joseph Favia within the 215-pound championship match on Saturday, Feb. 17.

“I didn’t like the way in which I wrestled,” Calcutt said. “Wasn’t expecting that, nevertheless it is what it’s. I recover daily, and hopefully next yr it’s not like that.”

Calcutt’s title is the newest sign of upward progress for the Ramblers, who had just one placer and no finalists in program history before 2022. Massey Odeotti took second in 3A at 120 that yr and won the same weight class last season.

Now Calcutt is also a two-time finalist and a champ, with two more seasons left in his high-school profession.

“It seems like a dream come true, to be honest,” he said. “I mean, I actually wanted it last yr and it feels amazing, nothing like anything before.”

Calcutt appreciates having someone like Herbert to practice with daily.

“It’s a luxury,” Calcutt said. “Awesome partner. Having fun within the room makes me wish to wrestle.”

Loyola Academy senior Quinn Herbert tussles with Prospect’s Jaxon Penovich on his solution to a runnerup finish within the 190-pound weight class.

Herbert (32-9) feels the identical way.

“He’s so good,” Herbert said of Calcutt. “We push one another daily and I believe we’re a giant a part of one another’s success. With the ability to just go at it day in, time out, make one another higher, it’s huge.”

Herbert had a sense he may very well be in the combo for a championship this season, and while it didn’t end in a state championship, he was happy with his season.

“I knew coming into the season I had a fairly good shot to win it,” he said. “I believed, work hard enough and I could get the chance to, and I gave myself the chance. I got here up short, but all in all a successful season.”

Loyola coach Matt Collum, who has overseen Loyola’s rise, appreciates the recent successes but isn’t satisfied.

“We’re going up,” he said. “But we still have to recover. So it’s a piece in progress. It’s a protracted work in progress.

More locals compete with state’s best

Highland Park’s Dmitry Derbedyenyev is asserted the victor following a match within the wrestlebacks on Friday, Feb. 16.

Highland Park senior Dmitry Derbedyenev (34-5) finished in the highest eight within the 3A 165-pound bracket, going 2-2 and falling one win shy of advancing to the medal round. In his final match, he lost 3-2 on a tiebreaker.

Two more local wrestlers were eliminated within the consolation second round: Loyola teammates Gavin Pardilla (27-13) at 120 and Joey Herbert (21-13) at 285.

Also, Loyola’s James Hemmila (21-12 at 106) and Latest Trier’s Tagg Miller (33-9 at 150) also competed on the state finals.

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