Aurora Christian coach Justin Pearch said Villarreal wasn't really tested at state, and in fact wasn't really tested much all season.
"The final match went great," Pearch said. "He dominated, he controlled, he did what he needed to do to win. He could have probably teched the guy. He was wrestling to win and he got the job done."
He's continued a proud family tradition, and continuing to lead an Aurora Christian program on the rise.
Villarreal's uncle won state titles at Plano in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Prior to that his dad won a state title in 1994.
Aurora Christian, in only its third season as a program, already can boast five individual state championships and won 10 state medals its first two years. Oswego resident Cameron Johnson, who won state titles in 2017 and 2018, suffered a separated shoulder in his 120-pound championship Saturday, was forced to default and finished second. Aurora Christian on Tuesday defeated Stillman Valley to advance to this weekend's dual state finals in Bloomington.
Villarreal, to no surprise, gravitated to the sport at an early age.
"It wasn't a forced thing at all," Villarreal said. "I guess I kind of felt the pressure, but I ended up loving it and didn't stop. Even when I'm not training, all I think about is wrestling."