As the Summer Olympic Games get underway today in Rio de Janeiro, locally we send our best wishes so Grant Community High School graduate Daniel Dennis, who will represent his hometown of Fox Lake, the State of Illinois, and the United States of America as a member of the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team. Daniel will be competing in the 57 kg (125.5 pounds) weight division.
During his high school wrestling career at Grant, where he earned the nickname “the Mad Man,” Daniel recorded 153 wins and was a two-time IHSA state finalist. Dennis went on to the University of Iowa, where he became a two-time All-American and was the winner of the 2008 Midlands Championships. He spent a few years away from competition, but was encouraged to return and won an astonishing underdog victory by 10-0 fall to make the Olympic team on April 10.
This spring I honored Daniel for his accomplishments by filing a resolution in Springfield in his honor. For full text of House Resolution 1180 that honors Dennis, click here.