Aurora is in search of its next state wrestling champion with the graduation of Regis Jesuit’s John Crowley, but there are plenty of potential candidates around the city for the future.
It will be hard for anybody to match the accomplishments over the past three seasons of Crowley, who for the last time headlines the 2011-12 Aurora Sentinel All-City Wrestling Team, which is based on performance at the Class 5A state tournament.
Nine of Aurora’s 10 varsity teams have at least one member of the All-City team, which numbers 14 — up one from last season thanks to the addition of a new weight class this season.
By winning a third consecutive 160-pound Class 5A state championship on Feb. 18, Crowley put the finishing touches on a resume that puts him on the top of the stack among all-time Aurora prep wrestlers. He’s the first from a city school to win three state titles and he ends his career as a four-time state placer.
Crowley believes his Regis Jesuit teammate, sophomore 195-pounder Grant Neal, could win a title in the next two seasons. Neal (30-9) posted two wins at state.
Grandview has three All-City members, seniors Sean Burroughs (152) and Eddie Preciado (170) and junior Tony Mendieta (126).