Hinsdale South coach Matozzi leaves with a win
Updated: April 9, 2013 4:07PM
CHAMPAIGN — It’s hard to determine who was smiling more after third- and fifth-place matches ended Saturday at the Class 3A state wrestling meet.
Was it Hinsdale South junior Justin Maslow or his coach, Mike Matozzi?
Maslow won his final 145-pound match of the season to take fifth at Assembly Hall. Maslow beat Minooka freshman Carson Oughton 7-2 to become the fourth wrestler from Hinsdale South to earn a Class 3A state medal since 2009.
“I kept my head on,” Maslow said. “I didn’t think about (the first loss) and kept wrestling. That’s all it was. I thought I wrestled pretty good.”
Maslow’s first loss came in Friday’s quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Wade Lardy of McHenry, 7-1. Maslow (45-5) won two matches before losing to Stevenson senior Justin Weber (42-4), 7-2.
The last Hornets wrestler to earn a state medal was 112-pound state champion Sebastian Pique in 2011.
Matozzi retired after the state meet, ending a 32-year coaching career, including 25 as head coach at Hinsdale South.
“It’s nice to always go out that way,” said Matozzi, who plans on becoming an official.
Matozzi served a dual role at the state meet. This year he was President of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, which conducted meetings in Champaign over the weekend.
Hornets wrestler Joshua King (33-9) made his state debut at 220 and came within one win of earning a state medal.
“With Josh being a freshman, it was just his first time,” Matozzi said. “With the experience, he’ll take off. He got the feel of it all and will have much more drive (next season).”