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  • Two Marmion wrestlers win state titles Feb 21, 2015 11:23 PM
    CHAMPAIGN — Marmion had never even produced a state qualifier in wrestling until brothers Pat and Eddie Greco broke the glass ceiling in 2009. The Cadets have never looked back at the state level. For the sixth consecutive year Saturday night at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center, Marmion had one of its athletes ascend to the apex of the podium.

     
  • Libertyville’s Gunther takes second at 160 Feb 21, 2015 11:12 PM
    Joey Gunther fell at the final hurdle in his efforts to bring home a state wrestling title to Libertyville. But what a gallant run it was. The Wildcats’ star 160-pounder was unable to solve senior Matt Rundell (34-3) of Oak Park-River Forest, dropping a 3-2 decision on the big stage at State Farm Arena on Saturday night in Champaign.

     
  • Images: State Individual Wrestling Saturday Feb 21, 2015 10:10 PM
    See bouts from Saturday at the individual state wrestling tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign .

     
  • Images: State Individual Wrestling Friday Feb 20, 2015 9:59 PM
    See bouts from Friday at the individual state wrestling tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign .

     
  • Marmion sends three to finals Feb 21, 2015 12:19 AM
    CHAMPAIGN — Anthony Cheloni was in an unfamiliar positon on the second day of the Class 3A state wrestling tournament at the University of Illinois’ State Farm Center.

     
  • Ready for their second chance Feb 21, 2015 12:13 AM
    Austin Gomez and Matt Rowland had their hopes fulfilled to the fullest on the second day of the Class 3A wrestling finals.

     
  • Heartache for Conant’s Alexander Feb 21, 2015 12:56 AM
    Having gone into his state semifinal wrestling match on a record 41-match unbeaten streak, Conant senior Bobby Alexander started as the favorite — not only advance into the 138-pound final Saturday night, but to eventually secure a state championship for himself and coach Chad Hay. But sophomore Anthony Cheloni, the No. 4 seed, had ideas of his own. And when their six-minute bout was whistled over, it was Cheloni earning a spot in the Grand March at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to honor those who will compete for a state crown. Cheloni (34-11) delivered a 3-0 victory, sending the top-ranked Alexander to his first loss of the season.

     
  • State title shot for Cary-Grove’s Cullen Feb 20, 2015 11:41 PM
    Michael Cullen and Eric Barone will both be competing for a state wrestling title Saturday night. The dynamic duo from the Fox Valley Conference each produced yet another masterful performance on Friday. Cullen made it through to his first championship match after three previous trips here yielded three state medals while Barone’s victory over Phyllip DeLoach (39-1) sets up a potentially thrilling 145-pound final with No. 1 Larry Early III (Oak Park-River Forest), who defeated Barone a few weeks ago 3-2.

     
  • Libertyville’s Gunther guns it, reaches state final Feb 20, 2015 11:03 PM
    Joey Gunther was a smashing success Friday. The Libertyville senior advanced to the 160-pound state wrestling final after outlasting Trace Carello of Marmion Academy in a marathon semifinal in Champaign. The top-seeded Gunther won 3-2 when he was awarded the 1-point winner as Carello (20-4) was unable to break away from an unyielding hold. “It’s wasn’t at all pretty, but as I said after my quarterfinal this morning, it’s not about style points down here,” said Gunther (36-1). Assured of a state medal, Gunther next tried to become the fourth state champ in Libertyville history. He’ll meet Matthew Rundell (32-3) of Oak Park-River Forest in the title bout on Day 3 of the state tournament.

     
  • Vogeney, Andress setting the example downstate Feb 19, 2015 11:00 PM
    Medal contenders Bobby Alexander, Tulga Zuunbayan, Julius Smith and Hazen Rice were among the Mid-Suburban League competitors to sail through the first day of the wrestling state tournament on Thursday inside State Farm Arena on the University of Illinois campus. In addition to the aforementioned medal hopefuls, emphatic victories from Maine West’s Joey Vogeney and Conant’s Dan Andress signaled the beginning of what could be a memorable weekend for both.

     
  • Cary-Grove’s Gomez impressive at state Feb 19, 2015 10:05 PM
    While tournament favorites Michael Cullen, Eric Barone and Christian Brunner dominated their first-day tournament opponents, the story at the IHSA Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament Thursday still has to be of Gomez, the Cary-Grove senior. The Trojans’ heavyweight did some wrecking business of his own at State Farm Arena, and in doing so has now set up a date with Brian Ditchman (40-3) of Lincoln-Way Central) in one of several key quarterfinal bouts to take place Friday at 11 a.m.

     
  • Grayslake Central’s Makey making good in third downstate trip Feb 19, 2015 9:49 PM
    It’s easy to dwell on the rich wrestling tradition of Lake County’s perennial powers such as Libertyville and Grant. But there’s certainly room for more in that category, and Grayslake Central’s fast-growing program would love to join it. With competitors like Jon Makey around, the Rams certainly have taken a step in that direction. Coach Mark Stewart and Makey, a four-year veteran of the program, have formed a terrific partnership. And now, after the first day of the wrestling state touranment, Makey has broken new ground with his first state tournament victory. The senior now turns his attention to bigger and better things. Makey (41-3) will meet Chase Vosburgh (42-0) of Mt. Vernon in the 11 a.m. Class 2A quarterfinal session with an opportunity to enhance his chances at a state medal.

     
  • Marmion wins 5 matches on 1st day at state Feb 19, 2015 9:20 PM
    Five of six Marmion wrestlers won their opening matches Thursday at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament at State Farm Center in Champaign while Kaneland went 4 for 4 in its Class 2A matches.

     
  • Scouting Fox Valley wrestlers at state Feb 18, 2015 3:19 PM
    Scouting Fox Valley wrestlers at state

     
  • Wrestling: State tournament scouting, Northwest Feb 18, 2015 5:10 PM
    Here's a look at the wrestling state tournament finals this weekend in Champaign, from the perspective of teams from the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator and Maine West.

     
  • Wrestling: State tournament scouting, Lake County Feb 18, 2015 5:08 PM
    Here's a look at this weekend's wrestling state tournament, from the perspective of competitors from the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel and Grayslake North.

     
  • Harper qualifies nine wrestlers to nationals Feb 17, 2015 8:50 PM
    Harper will send nine wrestlers to the NJCAA championships later this month after a strong showing in the Central District Championships last weekend at Triton College in River Grove. The Hawks, ranked 18th in the nation, came up 15 points shy of No. 11-ranked Muskegon College (Mich.) in the final team standings. The two leading programs had head-to-head matchup in six of the 10 weight classes, with each team winning three times.

     
  • Sectional triumphs for Libertyville’s Gunther, Grant’s Kantzler Feb 14, 2015 9:32 PM
    If anyone wondered about Joey Gunther’s state championship credentials, surely there can be little doubt now. The Libertyville senior is on his way to a second consecutive trip to Champaign next weekend, where the Cats’ top wrestler will be one of the favorites to win a title at 160 pounds on the floor of Assembly Hall. Joining him downstate will be Grant's Christian Kantzler, a sectional champ at 126 pounds.

     
  • Wrestling scoreboard: Saturday’s results Feb 15, 2015 1:01 AM
    Results of area high school wrestling meets for Saturday, Feb. 14.

     
  • Wheeling’s Zuunbayan, Barrington’s Smith secure sectional titles Feb 14, 2015 11:01 PM
    Tulga Zuunbayan and Julius Smith shut the door on their wrestling opponents all weekend long, including late Saturday as the Mid-Suburban League pair closed out their rivals to celebrate Class 3A sectional championships when the action came to an end in the fieldhouse at Barrington. Zuunbayan allowed for the possibility of still bigger and better things ahead as the Wheeling junior delivered a dazzling six-minute effort in his 152-pound final against DJ Penick of Highland Park to earn his first sectional title. That netted Zuubayan a third consecutive trip downstate. Smith, meanwhile, won a memorable championship during the final home match of his career, sending the Broncos standout to Champaign for a second time.

     
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