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Stories: A 2016-2017 Season Primer (Still Helpful Today!)
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lead-up to the big day, we will post 28
articles (one for each day -- although they
may not be published each day) as a primer
for this season. It is my intention (the
webmaster speaking, here) to educate as many
as I can about what I know and what I've
learned so that you can have the richest
experience of the 2016-2017 IHSA Wrestling
season. 28 days = 4 weeks.
A slew of news: Frosh/Soph, Girls
FS, and IKWF finish this weekend
Also, be aware that offseason wrestling is on the horizon;
Fred Arkin seeks re-election · 03/08/2019
The IHSA Wrestling season has come to a close. This is nothing new.
However, a few other wrestling events are set for this weekend.
Furthermore, a few current (and potential) Huskies are involved.
Read below for more.
Beginning on Friday, March 8, and concluding on Saturday, March
9, is the IKWF (Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation) State
Championships event. These bouts will be held at Rockford's BMO
Harris Bank Center. Visit the
IKWF State Tournament on TrackWrestling. For more information on
the IKWF State Tournament, visit the
IKWF State Tournament
information page. Two members of the Little Huskies Wrestling
Club have qualified: Zev Koransky (Novice 74), and Joseph Knackstedt
(Novice 89). Good luck, young grapplers!
The magic continues
The IWCOA, also known as the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and
Officials Association, completes its annual championships this
Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. Illinois freshman and
sophomores compete in a Frosh/Soph tournament. Girls of all years
wrestle in their own championships, as well, at the same site. The
Frosh/Soph and Girls State Championships will be held at the Bank of
Springfield Center in Springfield.
To be eligible for the Frosh/Soph challenge, each freshman or
sophomore competitor must not have qualified for the IHSA
Individual State Final. All non-state qualifiers were eligible to
enter their respective Frosh/Soph Regional on February 23 or 24.
OPRF was one of the IHSA Dual Team State Finals units, and therefore
their wrestlers were allowed to enter at the Frosh/Soph Sectional
round on March 2 or 3. For the Girls State Championships, wrestlers
needed to qualify at the Girls Sectional round on March 2 or 3.
To view the brackets and results of these tournaments, visit
Frosh/Soph and Girls on TrackWrestling. For more on the
Freshman/Sophomore tournament, visit the
IWCOA event information page. Representing OPRF in the Frosh/Soph
championships are Connor Nagela (113), Sam Deyro (132), Stephon Carr
(152), Malcolm Gray (220), and Rigoberto Guzman (285). Huskies in
the Girls Championships are Aliyah Aldridge (111), Tiffany White
(127), and Lila Stratman (138). Good luck, Orange & Blue!
OPRF Huskie Wrestling Family's Facebook page just posted an
image highlighting the upcoming offseason wrestling team for 2019.
"National Emergency Wrestling Club" begins on Monday, March 18, and
ends on Thursday, May 30. Practices will be held at OPRF on Mondays
and Wednesdays during that time, and the fee is $150. If interested,
please contact the Huskie Coaching Staff.
Vote for Fred
Fred Arkin has been a valued member of the Huskie Wrestling
Family for years. He is a current District 200 School Board member
and is running for re-election this April. Early voting is right
around the corner (begins March 18), so please consider voting for Fred Arkin
to continue as an important and successful member of the School Board. Six
candidates are vying for three positions. We hope you make Fred one
of those three! For polling information and more, visit
County Elections. While you might vote early, the official
election day is April 2, 2019.
Looking back (and forward): Huskies complete
The OPRF Wrestling Wall of Fame grows taller
and fuller each passing season · 03/06/2019
state title was a well-earned highlight of February. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)
Many have said, "Numbers don't lie." I subscribe to a similar
declaration, "Numbers don't disappoint." Statistics are a subset of
numbers, and they are also an integral part of a wrestling season.
The Varsity statistics have been tabulated and finalized, and they are
available for viewing on this site. You can jump there now, or
simply wait until the conclusion of this article. To help you find
it in a flash, we have provided a direct link below.
Here now are some news and notes on the closed IHSA Wrestling
season. It was a thrilling year, and each year brings its own unique
blend of trials, successes, growths, and disappointments. It is (and
was) a pleasure to be a part of your life for these past months and
more, and we look forward to continuing to share residence at the
magical place knows as "Huskieville."
On to news and notes:
For the record
Oak Park & River Forest concluded its dual meet record at a 26-4
(.867) clip, which included a 6-0 mark in conference. Its only
losses occurred on two different dates and to three different teams.
At the Beat the Streets marquee event, the Huskies lost to a pair of
out-of-state high schools as well as Montini. The Broncos, as you
know, also downed the Huskies in the Class 3A Dual Team
Championship. For more on the Varsity dual and tournament finishes,
visit this year's
Eight isn't enough
This season, the Huskies have gained their eighth consecutive
West Suburban (Silver) Conference Title. They also have a streak of
20 straight victories in the WSC-Silver. This ties their
second-longest conference run in history; the school record is 29.
Their two cent's
Two new names joined the list of Huskie wrestlers with 100 or
more Varsity victories. The Bolivar family must be thrilled that
both Eddie (130-34) and Nico (102-26) reached the century mark in
2018-2019. There are now 24 members of this illustrious group, 18 of
whom graduated high school in 2008 or later.
132-pounder Eddie Bolivar earned Class 3A top honors as
an individual state champion this season. This victory continued a
series of eight consecutive seasons in which OPRF has boasted at
least one individual state champion. While #1-ranked 113-pounder
Jake Rundell was unable to compete at the Individual State Final, he
has one more season during which he aims to guarantee that this run
continues to a ninth year.
Opposite but equal
The aforementioned Jake Rundell led the charge in bout
takedowns. He tallied 160 on the season. In total falls, Jake tied a
young man on the other side of the weight spectrum, Ashford Hollis,
with 31. Ashford completed this task in the traditional manner; Jake
sprinkled in 7 technical falls to complement his 24 pins. Jake is
the Takedown King, and Jake and Ashford share the Pin King title.
Let's welcome another: Nico Bolivar
hustles into the Century Club
Nico joins his brother, Eddie, as both
Bolvar's earn 100th victories in the 2018-2019 season · 03/02/2019
earns immortal ink at the Dual Team Sectional. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)
Last week's Saturday competition marked the conclusion to the IHSA
calendar for 2018-2019. While you were lost in the excitement of the
Dual Team State Series, you may not have noticed that a Huskie
grappler claimed his 100th Varsity win. Nico Bolivar, a junior and
recent state place-winner, secured triple digits in fitting fashion
(by fall) over Miguel Desidario of Glenbard North in the Dual Team
Sectional event at DeKalb. This bonus-point victory was one of many
that helped propel OPRF to the Dual Team State Finals in
Bloomington. At these team championships, Nico earned two bonus
victories above his century mark (over Marmion and Montini). At
present, Nico's cumulative bout record is 102-26.
Here are Nico's win-loss totals in his three academic years thus
far: 28-7 (freshman), 29-9 (sophomore), and 45-10 (junior).
Undoubtedly, Nico will be a senior force for Team Orange & Blue in
2019-2020. His terrific finishes in both the Individual and Dual
Team State Series serve as appetizers for the main course that his
ultimate season will bring. For now, let's recognize Nico and his
great achievement. Congratulations, Nico!
Nico is the second Bolivar to ascend the three digit mountain in
this campaign. As you may remember, Eddie Bolivar collected his own
Century Club membership while competing at the 2018 Powerade
Tournament. Eddie completed his IHSA tenure with 130 victories to 34
defeats. To view the Bolivar Family's placement on the Century Club,
as well as a whole lot more history notes and numbers, visit the
Wall of Fame page. (I'll tell
anyone who listens; the Wall of Fame page is my favorite page on
this entire site.)
While 2018-2019 etched two new names in the OPRF Wrestling Century
Club ladder of legends, the 2019-2020 crop could be higher. Four
will-be seniors are in shouting distance of 100: Josh Ogunsanya (97
wins), Jake Rundell (89), Joe Chapman (85), and Daemyen Middlebrooks
Huskie heart: OPRF powers up but
ultimately settles into 2nd place
Jake Rundell returns to spark
Huskies to wins over Lockport, Marmion; Montini retains title in
41-18 victory ·
with the Class 3A second place trophy.
When darkness fell inside Grossinger Motors Arena on Saturday night,
three freshly minted IHSA Wrestling dual team state championship
brackets had been earned and awarded. Six high schools -- two each
for Classes 3A, 2A, and 1A -- had shaken hands and wrestled their
all for the distinction of being recognized as the very best in this
Land of Lincoln. Oak Park & River Forest was one of those half dozen
units vying for the title.
Jake Rundell was simply on a mission
Saturday and provided a much needed boost to OPRF as the Huskies
needed every team point they could get against #5 Lockport and #4
Marmion. In the quarterfinal round, the Huskies defeated Lockport
34-30. In the semis, OPRF outlasted Marmion 32-27. In a rematch of
last year's Class 3A team championship, Montini secured a 41-18
victory en route to an undefeated tournament finish.
Let's take a look at some of the action that shaped the
"official" end to the IHSA Wrestling season. The Orange & Blue knew
that they would be in a dog fight from the starting whistle. The
Lockport Porters are a talented squad with two recent state
champions (Matt Ramos and Baylor Fernandes) as well as a pair of
state consolation champions (Kaleb Thompson and Anthony Molton). The
quarterfinal round began at 182 pounds, and the Huskies blazed to a
four bout, 20-0 lead. Major victories by Daemyen Middlebrooks and
Brian Ziech set the state for pinfalls courtesy of Jaylan Pascascio
and Ashford Hollis. Lockport bounced back with the first two
lightweight triumphs as the Porters' Tyler Bentley earned a decision
and Kaleb Thompson wrestled up a weight to pin his opponent at 113
pounds. In stepped Jake Rundell, and he calmly wrestled up a weight
himself to outpoint Matt Ramos (yes, state champion, Anthony Molton)
4-0. Nico Bolivar lost in a dogfight to his state medalist before
two more medalists earned triumphs for the Huskies: Josh Ogunsanya
(132) and Eddie Bolivar (138). Torry Early earned a deciding major
win with three bouts to go. In the end, Lockport earned forfeit
victories in the final trio of weight classes. OPRF 34, Lockport 30.
Marmion Academy was up next on the Huskies' slate. Marmion had
advanced with a 43-21 victory of Prospect. On Tuesday, Marmion
knocked off Mt. Carmel in a very impressive win. The Cadets brought
six state medalists into Saturday's dual, including individual
champions Diego Sotelo (106) and Trevor Chumbley (145). Marmion was
prepared for OPRF, but the situation was identical on the other
side. In the semifinal round, the Huskies again rode their
heavyweights to an early team lead: Brian Ziech (tech. fall), Jaylan
Pascascio (decision), and Ashford Hollis (yet another fall). From
195-285, OPRF led 14-0. Marmion copied Lockport's success at 106-113
with a fall and a 9-5 decision, respectively. At 120, Jake Rundell
was at it again as he silenced 3rd-place finisher Michael Jaffe by a
3-0 tally. Nico Bolivar kept the winning ways, and the team score
was 20-9. The Cadets' Nathan Callaway squeezed out a 3-2 victory
over Josh Ogunsanya before Eddie Bolivar earned maximum bonus points
in a first minute fall. With the score 26-12, Marmion made a run
with four huge wins at 145, 152, 160, and 170: Ryan Fleck
(decision), Trevor Chumbley (fall), Brad Gross (decision), Patrick
Daum (decision). With one contest remaining, the scoreboard
announced 27-26 in Marmion's favor. In the last bout, Daemyen
Middlebrooks locked arms with Charlie O'Connor. A confident Daemyen
gained a match lead before closing the book on the dual with a fall
at 2:31! OPRF 32, Marmion 27.
The Montini Broncos, once again, stood in the way of Oak Park &
River Forest's newest state championship. You'll remember that the
Broncos hip-checked the Huskies at this season's Beat the Streets
event, 40-24. Will the state title dual hold a similar fate? Montini
was a beast at the Individual State Final and boasted nine
place-winners, three of which were Class 3A state champions: Dylan
Ragusin, Jake Styles, and Peter Christensen. In this ultimate
contest, Jaylan Pascascio earned a big overtime win at 220 before
Ashford Hollis did what he does...secure wins by fall. Montini
jumped back with 11 team points at 106 and 113. At 120, Nico Bolivar
slid by Nain Vasquez to put OPRF in the lead at 12-11. Next was Jake
Rundell, a regular 113-pounder who rose two weight classes to
lock horns with Montini's Dylan Ragusin, a state champion from a
week prior. On this occasion, Ragusin held off Jake and gave Montini
the advantage. OPRF gave itself life with two decisions at 132
(Eddie Bolivar) and at 138 (Torry Early). Interestingly, Eddie's
bout was a rematch from a week ago. In both of these, the bout
scores were identical, although Eddie earned the heart-pounding
victory this time in overtime against the Broncos' Dylan Burnoski.
With six bouts to go, OPRF was up 18-14. At 145, however, Montini
regained the lead with a fall. A Broncos' forfeit victory followed
next, and the team score read 26-18 Montini. At 160, Jake Stiles was
other-worldly for the Broncos. At 170, equally matched talents in
Montini's Anthony Geraci and OPRF's Danny Lingen pushed the match to
extra time. Geraci earned a sudden victory result, and the deal was
sealed. In the end, the Broncos wrestled out the dual and picked up
two additional triumphs. Montini 41, OPRF 18.
While it would have been wonderful for the scoreboard to give the
gift of a Huskie championship victory, the Huskies stood proud
knowing that they wrestled with Huskie heart, pride, and POWER. As
all of these seasons are, it was a long journey from November to
February. That being said, the journey does not end this Saturday.
More wrestling is still on the horizon. More growth is at hand, as
well. More memories, more bonding, more learning, more
accomplishing. The Huskie Wrestling Family is unparalleled; we
acknowledge you and thank you for all that you do and all that you
are. We appreciate your continued support in our great program.
Huskie pride & Huskie proud!
Power players: OPRF seniors
and coaches unite in handsome apparel. (Click on photos to go
Winner by fall:
OPRF outlasts Glenbard North in a thriller, 33-31
Huskies paw, claw, and advance on Ashford Hollis's last bout
pin; Saturday's tournament awaits ·
Oak Park & River
Forest vaults to Bloomington this Saturday. (photos
by Jamil Shhmart)
What. A. Dual. Oak Park & River Forest, ranked #2 in the IWCOA Class
3A Team Rankings, was looking for its eighth consecutive trip to the
IHSA Dual Team State Finals. Glenbard North, ranked #9 in the
aforementioned rankings, had other ideas. At DeKalb High School, the
two met in a clash that most won't soon forget. Two top-ten teams
sent wrestlers who gave it their all, and in the case of the Orange
& Blue, its athletes prevailed.
The dual began at 106 pounds, so it was a traditional matchup.
The Huskies sent out Zavien Stewart. He lost by fall to Ronan
Schuelke, a state qualifier. The Panthers were on the board with six
points. At 113, Connor Nagela gained some valuable confidence and a
9-5 decision. Nico Bolivar, fresh off a state medal, continued the
tilt in OPRF's favor with a second period win by fall. 9-6 Huskies.
The Panthers pounced back, winning the next two. At 126, Devid Deyro
fought valiantly and did all he could in a 15-1 defeat. At 132, Ani
Zaimi outmuscled the Huskies' Max Walton for a pinfall victory. The
score flipped to Glenbard North 16-9. Eddie Bolivar regained the
reins with a dominant 19-4 technical fall triumph. The Huskies
inched closer with that 138 bout win. Torry Early continued the
winning trend at 145, with a 4-0 simple decision. At the halfway
point, OPRF led by the slimmest of margins, 17-16.
The eighth bout of the evening pit two 152-pound state qualifiers
together. Joe Chapman played a copycat to Torry Early, and he downed
George Marre by an identical 4-0 decision. The Panthers' Ryan
Wahrman gained an uncontested victory at 160 pounds, and the team
score was now 22-20 in favor of Glenbard North. The Panthers
continued to bite hard at 170 and 182. In the first contest, two
state qualifiers again met head-to-head. In this battle of
Champaign-ers, GN overran OPRF as Anthony Pennington outpointed
Danny Lingen 7-4. At 182 pounds, state champion and nationally
ranked stud Abe Assad secured a massive pin over OPRF's Daemyen
Middlebrooks. With three bouts remaining, Glenbard North held an
eleven point advantage. The scoreboard displayed 31-20, and any win
for the Panthers (or three relatively simple wins for the Huskies)
would propel them to Bloomington.
Up stepped Brian Ziech, a senior and sectional qualifier for OPRF.
He met Mershad Bashang in what turned out to be the bout of the
night. After a scoreless first period, Bashang scrambled to a one
point lead to begin the third period before collecting another point
in the final frame. Brian, the 195-pound starter, decided that this
match would not be his final high school match and fought for a
score-tying takedown with twelve seconds to go. Enter overtime.
Brian completed another takedown in the extra session, and the
Huskies had life! 31-23 Glenbard North. Oak Park & River Forest
needed two wins, and with bonus. At 220, Jaylan Pascascio did his
part to fend off his final high school bout. A cool 12-4
major brought the Huskies to within four team points. To set the
final stage, the 285-pound IHSA 3rd place medalist needed a bonus
point win to catapult the Huskies. A major would win the dual, since
the Huskies would have won on a tiebreaker (due to 8 bout victories
to 6). Leading 11-5 after two periods, Ashford Hollis finally gained
the major advantage before punctuating the OPRF win with a pin at
5:16! Final score: OPRF 33, Glenbard North 31. Congratulations to
Glenbard North on a fine season and strong effort, and the Huskies
returned to 201 N. Scoville to prepare for Saturday's ultimate day
of IHSA competition.
I have a question for you: are you going downstate to Bloomington
on Saturday? The Huskies will wrestle at 9:00 AM in the quarterfinal
round. Here are the final pairings downstate (included are the most
IWCOA team rankings):
Quarterfinal #1: #4 Marmion vs. HM Prospect (9
AM) Quarterfinal #2: #2 OPRF vs. #5 Lockport (9 AM) Quarterfinal #3: #15 Barrington vs. #1 Montini
(11 AM) Quarterfinal #4: #11 Edwardsville vs. #6 DeKalb
Reminder that the quarterfinal winners will wrestle again at 2:00
PM and at 6:00 PM. They will medal. Those that do not advance in the
quarters will see those duals as their last action of the season.
Come out and support the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew!
Tuesday night lights:
Huskies begin second second season
OPRF and Glenbard North to lock paws, winner advances to team
state's elite eight ·
stands in the way of another trip to Bloomington.
One of the great joys and layers of high school wrestling happens to
be the fact that it is both an individual and team sport. The last
three weeks were focused on the individual grappler. In this week,
the qualified teams per class pivot their attention to the team
unit. Sixteen Class 3A high school squads have won their respective
Regional on February 2, and each unit has the chance to advance to
battle among the final eight this coming Saturday at Grossinger
Motors Arena in Bloomington.
Before Saturday comes Tuesday. On Tuesday, February 19, the
Huskies will travel to DeKalb High School to square off against the
Glenbard North Panthers. The winner of the 14-bout dual will be
finished for the night, as only one round of Tuesday duals is slated
across the state. The admission at DeKalb is only $5, and the action
is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM.
This is the final week of the 2018-2019 IHSA Wrestling Season, so
there's no holding back! Come out if you can! If you're curious
about video, I do not see any video options online. No matter, come
out and see it with your own eyes!
| For Dual Team State, Team Sectional costs $5.00 for the
Dual Team Sectional Session: 6:00
DeKalb H.S. address
IHSA Dual Team Sectional (Feb 19) |
501 W. Dresser Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115 |
Electric Eddie, et al.:
OPRF earns title, six total medals downstate
Eddie Bolivar wins; Nico Bolivar, Josh
Ogunsanya, Joe Chapman, Daemyen Middlebrooks, Ashford Hollis place · 02/16/2019
Eddie Bolivar stands tall at 132 pounds. (photo by Jamil Shhmart)
One year ago, Eddie Bolivar left State Farm Center with his head
high but perhaps his heart a little low. Eddie came up short in his
Class 3A Championship match in Champaign-Urbana. On his second
chance (at the same weight), Eddie persevered and left no doubt that
he is the number one 132-pounder among his peers in the 2018-2019
season. In the final round, Eddie downed Danny Pucino of
Libertyville by a bout score of 7-5. It was the Indiana-bound
senior's first state bracket board. In each of his matches, Eddie
scored a simple decision victory while controlling both the action
and pace. The arm-raise bolstered the Huskies running streak of
seasons with an individual state championship to eight.
wrestler who could have joined Eddie atop the podium is Jake Rundell.
The junior 113-pounder itched to repeat as IHSA state champion but
was unable to wrestle in Champaign-Urbana this week. Two Jake's,
Rundell and Cagnina, each were unable to compete in their individual
tournaments the past two weeks. While their status for the Dual Team
State Series is unknown, it would be a tremendous boost should they
both be 100% and able to toe the line.
Competing (and medaling) on Saturday at State Farm were five more
who donned the Orange & Blue. Ashford Hollis was simply a beast at
285 pounds. His lone loss was to the eventual bracket champion. The
senior has committed to attend the Air Force Academy as a football
wrecking ball, and he adds his first state medal (and first state
appearance) to his living room mantel. At 126 and 152 pounds, Oak
Park & River Forest notched two 4th-place finishes with juniors
Joshua Ogunsanya and Joe Chapman, respectively. Josh lost both of
his bouts to the same opponent, but he improved his result on the
second meeting. Joe Chapman was jolted in his semifinal matchup but
steadied the ship to gain entry into the consolation championship.
Two other Huskie juniors also laid feet on the state podium as
Nico Bolivar (120) and Daemyen Middlebrooks (182) gained a 5th and
6th place medal, respectively. After locking horns with the eventual
state champion in the first round, Nico showed poise to gain three
consecutive must-win victories to guarantee himself a medal. Daemyen
earned pins in his first two bouts but was snake-bitten in overtime
in his semifinal trial. Despite that and the next two match results,
Daemyen had claimed a state medal for the first time.
Two final from the Orange & Blue Wrecking Crew also competed
under the lights this weekend. Torry Early, a senior, fell one win
shy of placing. Still, he was impressive with a 2-2 record against
the state's very best. Danny Lingen is yet another junior. His
tournament did not go as he may have hoped, but Danny has another
year at OPRF. He is another valuable piece to the Huskie puzzle in
With one week to go (don't go anywhere, folks), the curtain fell on
the 2018-2019 IHSA Individual State Finals. For the vast many and
many, Saturday's closing marked their exit from the IHSA season.
Only the few regional team champions (from Saturday, February 2)
will have the opportunity to wrestle this upcoming week for team
As we may say a little too infrequently, we would like to
recognize and share appreciation for the Huskie Wrestling Family in
all it does. Many members came out to support these student athletes
as well as this one very special high school program. We
love having you, and we look forward to teaming with you to finish
the 2018-2019 season on a Huskie high note.
While the book is closed on the individual state tournament, the dual
team state tournament enters stage left. We hope you can come out to
watch OPRF on Tuesday night at DeKalb High School.
In the meantime, catch your breath, get some rest, and be
ready to follow the highly competitive team tournament this week.
Sixteen Class 3A teams remain: the final four will leave
Bloomington's Grossinger Motors Arena with a team state trophy.
Remember, team scores were not kept at the Individual State Final
(similarly, they were omitted at the Conant Individual Sectional).
By the way, OPRF
duels Glenbard North at DeKalb High School on Tuesday night beginning at 6 pm. Also
combating are Maine South against the host Barbs. The night will conclude with two teams
advancing to Saturday's quarterfinal round, the OPRF-Glenbard North
winner and the Maine South-DeKalb winner. Be advised that these two
winners are positioned on opposite halves of this coming Saturday's
Dual Team State Tournament. If you are able, come out to
DeKalb and support
the Huskies!!! -->
IHSA Class 3A Dual Team Bracket
Final team scores
Team scores are unofficial and were not kept.
Huskie competitors pose at floor level.
Huskies look to turn up the volume at U of I on Thu-Sat
The Illinois High School
Association's Individual State Final is at State Farm Center this
State Final is here.
Happy Valentine's Day! If Huskie Wrestling is your "true love," then
today is a marvelous day for you! Nine Huskies qualified for the
IHSA Individual State Final in Champaign-Urbana this
Due to its enrollment, the Huskies compete in Class 3A. There are
also Classes 2A and 1A. Below is a review of our quick primer on what you need to know to be ready for
all of the February action.
Wrestler participation and
medals (U of I Individual State Finals)
Four is the magic number yet again, as four individual sectional
tournaments join to create the State Finals bracket. The four
individual sectional champions will be seeded and placed in
corresponding locations on the bracket sheet. The other 12 wrestlers
(2nd/3rd/4th place individual sectional finishers) will be scattered
mathematically in the pairings. No byes are provided for any of the
16 wrestlers. Only wrestlers who lose to an eventual semifinalist
will qualify for the consolation bracket; four wrestlers per weight
class will be one-and-done.New for 2019: all wrestlers
losing their first round match shall compete in the wrestle back.
In years past, the loser of the preliminary round bout needed his or
her victor to win in the quarterfinals. If not, this wrestler's
tournament ends. This year, the IHSA approved full wrestlebacks for
all wrestlers, in effect removing the "follow the leader"
requirement. The top 6 finishers in Champaign will earn
medals. This three-day tournament includes full wrestlebacks with no
walkovers (in other words, previous decisions from the championship
bracket are ignored if two wrestlers meet again in the consolation
| Individual State Final costs $8.00 or $10.00 per
session (5) / $40.00 or $50.00 per all-session pass.
Individual State Final Sessions:
12:00 PM / 4:30 PM approximate for 3A (Thursday), 8:30 AM &
PM (Friday), 9:00 AM & 5:30 PM (Saturday).
I say, "Huskie,"
you say, "Pride!"
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Being a Huskie in China
I am happy to be in Qingdao, Shandong,
China, but I am unable to experience one of my most
treasured gifts -- being there in the flesh to witness what
I call "The Orange and Blue Wrecking Crew." I need your help
for pictures, results (matchups, dual scores!), newsworthy
items, video finds, anecdotes -- whatever you can send.
Please consider spending a few seconds or minutes of your
day to email me information. Yes, somebody else may send me
the same info, but it's better that I receive two notices