David Silva was not going to move his family to Nashville, Tennessee, for his new job until his other job was finished.
Silva was determined five years ago to make Marian Central one of the best wrestling programs in the state. Three consecutive trips to the IHSA Dual Team State Tournament proved he had done that, but there was one more step.
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The Hurricanes, who were 108-13 in duals under Silva (with eight of those losses in his first season), capped his five-year stint as coach with a Class 2A team title at the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Boys Open State Championships on June 25.
Marian finished with three state individual champions, nine medalists and 178 points, 31 1/2 ahead of second-place Bethalto Civic Memorial. A few days later, Silva; his wife, Diana; and their three young daughters were in Nashville.
“I put everything on hold to finish out with this group,” Silva said. “I was dedicated, and I wasn’t going to leave them hanging. The IHSA kept pushing back our season, and I was going to wait. I was going to be with my guys. I’ve been with them for four years, I’m going to stick with them.”
Silva is the Northwest Herald Wrestling Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season, selected by the sports staff with input from area coaches.
Silva, who wrestled at Dundee-Crown and later at Wisconsin-Lacrosse and Elmhurst, answered a few questions from sports writer Joe Stevenson about the Hurricanes’ remarkable run and the culmination of his coaching stint at Marian.
Who is the most famous person you have taken a picture with?
Silva: Mike Tyson, and it’s on my Instagram. LOL!
Who is the best speaker you ever heard at a coaches’ clinic?
Silva: Arizona State coach Zeke Jones. I’m a big fan of his.
What got you hooked on wrestling as a kid?
Silva: In elementary school, I noticed some kids that were wrestlers, and they brought their awards to school. I knew if they could be good at wrestling, I definitely could be. Once I was in wrestling, I became addicted to being the best.
You’re a father of three daughters. Do you think they will ever want to compete as wrestlers?
Silva: I don’t think so. My daughters are going to be Southern Belles.
Who had the biggest effect on you as a coach?
Silva: My brother Gus. I always wanted to make him proud and never wanted to disappoint him.
Did you still spar with your wrestlers, and what is that like?
Silva: Every single day I would wrestle with our guys. Some days I wish I hadn’t. Especially the days when I would wrestle (state champs) Dylan (Connell) and Elon Rodriguez.
Which one of your wrestlers was the funniest on the team?
Silva: Chucky Fitzgerald (113) is a funny kid. His brutal honesty and “bully” sense of humor for such a little guy. Ha-ha!
What are three of your favorite sports movies?
Silva: “Vision Quest,” “The Program” and “Rocky IV.”
What is the last really good book you read?
Silva: The Bible is the only one that comes to mind.
What actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
Silva: Jeremy Renner. This was a very difficult question, but my answer is inspired by his role in the movie “The Town.”