St. Rita Wrestlers Austin O'Connor and Jake Silzer Are Sizzling!

Austin O'Connor and Jake Silzer continue to be one of the best 1-2 punches in the state at St. Rita, But on the mat, they're more yin and yang than carbon copies.

"We're completely different," said Silzer, an Illinois recruit seeking his third Class 3A state medal. "I'm the wrestler that always has close matches — that's my style — and he's the one that breaks things open and wins big."

Silzer (left) competes in a tournament at University of Illinois last February (Photo: Mike Mantucca / Daily Southtown)

Silzer (left) competes in a tournament at University of Illinois last February (Photo: Mike Mantucca / Daily Southtown)

Consistently winning is a shared similarity. The duo combined to go 88-6 for the Mustangs last season. O'Connor grabbed his second state title as a 132-pound sophomore, while Silzer finished third at 120.