Leyden Senior Todd Cruz knew heading into his Friday night match against Downers Grove South, that his next six matches would be pivotal, both for his team's record, and his individual seeding in the upcoming regional bracket.
He did not know, that by going undefeated in a week-long stretch that included fierce conference rival DGS, (winning that match by pin fall) and four matches in a quad meet against Bloomington, Glenbard West and Lemont, and even after moving up a class from his normal weight of 138, to 145 on senior night, that he would tie a record from a pretty notable hockey team that plays their home games about 13 miles east, on West Madison.
Yes, the Chicago Blackhawks, who recently set a franchise-record with their 6-game winning streak to start their lockout shortened season. With the Blackhawks shootout loss to Minnesota, Cruz has an opportunity to one-up this feat with a win in the first round of the IHSA regional tournament this weekend at York High School in Elmhurst.
But Leyden's Captain Cruz has his sights on a regional championship, so it his highly unlikely that he will be focusing on this statistical coincidence. So if that wasn't reason enough to root for Todd Cruz to succeed in his quest in his final time wrestling in the IHSA tournament, now that you're aware of yet another reason.