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St. Rita’s Austin O'Connor Joins List of Four-Time IHSA Wrestling State Champions

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St. Rita senior Austin O’Connor entered the 2017 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals with a distinguished career, and left with legendary status, as he etched his name into the list of four-time IHSA state champions on February 18, 2017. O'Connor (46-0) finished the year undefeated for the second straight season and finished his high school career with a 181-4 record. He is now the 15th wrestler in state history to win four titles.

The complete list is provided below:

1)  Mark Ruettiger, Providence, 1978-A (98), 1979-A (112), 1980-A (119), 1981-A (126)
2)  Joey Gilbert, Andrew, 1986-AA (126), 1987-AA, (132), 1988-AA, (132), 1989-AA (135)
3)  Mike Mena, Newman Cent. Cath., 1989-A (112), 1990-A (119), 1991-A (125), 1992-A (125)
4)  Joe Williams, Chi. Mt. Carmel, 1990-AA (135), 1991-AA (152), 1992-AA (153), 1993-AA (160)
5)  T.J. Williams, Chi. Mt. Carmel, 1993-AA (135), 1994-AA (140), 1995-AA (145), 1996-AA (145)
6)  David Douglas, Luther South, 1994-A (112), Dolton (Thornridge), 1995-AA (119), 1996-AA (130), 1997-AA (135)
7)  Chase Beebe, Montini, 2000-A (103), 2001-A (112), 2002-A (125), 2003-A (130)
8)  Conor Beebe, Montini, 2002-A (103), 2003-A (112), 2004-A (125), 2005-A (125)
9)  Albert White, St. Rita, 2004-AA (135), 2005-AA (140), 2006-AA (145), 2007-AA (152)
10)  Mike Benefiel, Montini, 2004-A, 2005-A, 2006-AA (152), 2007-AA (171)
11)  Seth Milks, Dakota, 2006-A (103), 2007-A (112), 2008-A (119), 2009-1A (130)
12)  Josh Alber, Dakota, 2011-1A (103), 2012-1A (120), 2013-1A (120), 2014-1A (132)
13)  Jered Cortez, Marmion, 2011-3A (112), Glenbard North, 2012-3A (120), 2013-3A (126); 2014-3A (132)
14)  Johnny Jimenez, Marmion, 2011-2A (103), 2012-2A (113), 2013-3A (120), 2014-3A (126)
15)  Austin O'Connor, St. Rita, 2014-3A (106), 2015-3A (132), 2016-3A (145), 2017-3A (152)