URBANA (WCIA) — Luke Luffman has already done nearly everything there is to do in high school wrestling, winning back-to-back state titles. So what’s left?
“Just to go out and just prove and to wrestle at my best and just try and have fun,” Luffman said. “Since I’ve already done it a couple times, it’s just to be focused on having fun.”
Safe to say the past three years have been pretty fun for the Illini commit. He’s on a 47-match win streak dating back to sectionals of 2017 when he lost in the semifinals.
“I think I’ve sharpened my skills up a lot more and I’ve gotten bigger too,” he said. “I’ve been focusing on lifting, lifting three days a week throughout the whole season. Just trying to stay strong for wrestling those heavyweights.”
And he’s wrestled some of the best, from across the country. Last summer Luffman won the 220-pound United States Marine Corps/USA Wrestling Cadet Freestyle national title. TrackWrestling and FloWrestling rank Luffman as the 4th best high school heavyweight wrestler in the country.
“It’s just kinda just something nice to look at every once in a while, to see that your hard work is paying off,” added Luffman. “But it’s not like we’re going to put it on a pedestal and glorify it too much. It’s just gonna keep ya hungry, ya know?”
His two state championship are already tied for most in Urbana history. No athlete in any sport has ever had the chance to win three, let alone do it.