Sir Romeo Howard of East St. Louis Senior High School capped off his strong senior season by finishing as the National Runner-Up at the Asics Vaughn Greco Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D., on July 22.
In every match up until the final, Howard earned at least one 5-point throw.
"He trained hard and fully dedicated himself to go out and be in a position to be a national champion," East St. Louis coach Rashad Riley said of Howard. "Unfortunately, he came up just short of a title. But I'm sure that is just motivation to achieve even more of the next level as he steps in the college ranks next season.
"He is the type of kid that we hope one day when his career is over that can come back and teach these younger kids what it takes to compete at the highest level."
After winning matches in six rounds, Howard lost a 16-5 tech fall to Rehaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, of New York.
Jevon Pargo's expectations coming into the Cadet Greco Roman National Tournament were not very high, but the metro-east grappler wrestled into the medal rounds and finished eighth.
"He had a never-say-die mind frame and he would listen to what our pre match game plan was and he would follow it flawlessly," Riley said. "Jevon just finished up his freshman season and this should be a big eye-opener to continuing this success for this upcoming season at Collinsville High School."
Pargo won four matches and lost three, losing in the seventh-place match to Izzak Olejnik of California by an 8-7 decision.