Whenever Andrew Rizzo feels he’s hit a wall, he thinks of his friend Trevor Schefsky.

Whenever Andrew Rizzo feels he’s hit a wall, he thinks of his friend Trevor Schefsky.

“He’s always on my mind,” Rizzo said. “I think of him, and I push myself 10-times harder.”

A junior, Rizzo decided to dedicate his wrestling season to the memory of his friend who died on Nov. 29, 2017, after a fight with a rare immune deficiency disease called DADA2.

Schefsky’s death rippled through Geneseo High School, touching everyone from teammates to teachers and administrators.

After Schefsky went to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to receive treatment, Geneseo classmates and parents had all rallied around Schefsky with hoodies and T-shirts with the hashtag #TrevStrong to show their support.

“He clicked with everybody,” Rizzo said. “He was a nice funny, dude. I don’t think I was ever angry at him, and I can’t think of many people who were ever angry at him.”

Rizzo kept thinking about how the two became friends running cross country and track in middle school.

“He always gave 100 percent,” Rizzo said. “He always pushed himself. He ended up making it onto the varsity team and running with us at state both years.”

It has become an inspiration for Rizzo who feels a responsibility to try to emulate a standard he thinks would have made Schefsky proud.

“It’s a big burden,” Rizzo said. “Every time I step onto the mat, I know I’m representing myself, my family, my school and I’m representing Trevor. It’s a thing that makes you know everything you do — it always has to be better.”

The difference for Rizzo has been noticeable this season.

Last season, Rizzo had a long road back after dealing with a concussion, and he hit some roadblocks as he tried to make weight.

This season, Rizzo has found a new confidence and strength on the mat.

He is ranked 10th in Class 2A in the 138-pound weight class by iwcoa.net.

It’s a ranking Rizzo attributes to always having a reason to give a little bit more.

“When I think I have nothing left, I think of him,” Rizzo said. “After that, I somehow always have something left.”