by Mike Slodki
Senior Jay Levitaâ€™s impressive 2008-2009 wrestling campaign came to an end on Friday in Champaign after his first match, but it made the season no less impressive.
Levitaâ€™s lone match was a 9-3 loss to Springfieldâ€™s Dane Atwood in the 145-pound grouping.
Washington freshman Dylan Reel was crowned state champ after beating Fentonâ€™s Josh Castellano in the final.
In only three years, still somewhat raw in wrestling terms, Levitaâ€™s time, effort and talent paid off, according to head coach Monty Jahns.
â€œWhen you have an athlete, such as Jay, who is willing to put forth the effort, then goals can be attained. I would take a full team of inexperience if they would all had the same work ethic as Jay did this year,â€ Jahns said.
Levita ended with 31 wins.