Fox Lake's Daniel Dennis Competes for Wrestling Gold in Rio

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.   

Olympic wrestling coverage takes place on Friday, August 19th, with Dennis’ first match occurring at about 10:00 AM Central Time. Medals will be awarded that night.

The networks of NBC will be providing coverage of this year’s Olympic Games, and I will be providing updates on my Facebook page about Daniel’s matches and the total medal count.  To view a complete schedule of Olympic events, click here


I plan to host a watch party on the 19th during the day and evening at Marzano’s, located at 1501 South Route 31 in McHenry. I hope you’ll join me to help cheer on our hometown hero, Daniel Dennis!