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Illinois Matmen Wrestling News

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    Final X: Recapping All the Action in NYC

    NEW YORK, NY • Madison Square Garden has seen many great events over the years, and, at least for one night, what is considered to be “The World’s Most Famous Arena” became a wrestling focus as it hosted the back half of the World Team Finals for the American wrestling world. As for those who competed […] More

  • Final X: Recapping All the Action in Stilly

    STILLWATER, OK • Historic Gallagher-Iba Arena housed the first half of the finals for the World Team Trials and saw fifteen US World Team members crowned Friday night with five of those weights going the full three matches in the best-of-three championship series.  Out of those championship bouts, Illinois saw four of its own compete for […] More

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    Final X: Farmer is Stepping through His Doors of Opportunity

    CORALVILLE, IA • Tanner Farmer, wrestling out of the Illinois RTC, has had an amazing journey—and his wrestling journey, ironically enough, has just begun.  Coming into the WTT Challenge Tournament as the number-two seed, the former Nebraska football star turned wrestler has been climbing his way up the senior level ladder over the past two years, […] More

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    Final X: Makoyed Believes She Can Beat Anyone She Wrestles

    CORALVILLE, IA • North Central College’s Yelena Makoyed will be wrestling in Final X Stillwater for a chance to represent the US at the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, later this year. To do so, she will have to win a best-of-three series the first weekend of June inside of historical Gallagher-Iba Arena on the campus […] More

  • Final X: Taylor’s New Lifestyle is Making the Difference

    CORALVILLE, IA • Felicity Taylor has been on quite the tear through any bracket she has entered as of late. She won the US Open, claimed the right to represent Team USA on the U23 World Team, and now she is in Final X with a chance to be the senior level representative for Team USA […] More

  • Final X: Nowry Continues to be Nowry

    CORALVILLE, IA • The career of Max Nowry has been truly impressive, and inspiring. The Illinois RTC / Army (WCAP) athlete has been one of the true staples on Team USA as Greco-Roman wrestling has experienced its ups and downs over the years. With Nowry, though, there have been a number of ups and, this past […] More

  • Final X: Bey says, “It’s going to be fun. I’m super excited.”

    CORALVILLE, IA • Kamal Bey was not having the 2022 season he was expecting, and, after a few setbacks, he was able to regather himself and slowly start to piece it all together. As fate would have it, Bey was able to put all of the pieces in place this past weekend in Iowa as he […] More

  • Final X: Jackson Determined to Wrestle on His Terms

    CORALVILLE, IA • It was not but a few weeks ago Nate Jackson was working through what life would look like without wrestling and, mentally, he had to give up the sport in his mind if he was going to have productive days. Now, after clearing his name from accusations of using performance enhancing drugs, he […] More

  • Dekalb’s Bradley Victorious at Northern Plains

    Dekalb’s Lamar Bradley had a breakout weekend at the Northern Plains Greco-Roman Regional Championship, winning a loaded 16U 220 bracket and emerging as a plausible contender to make some noise this summer. “Honestly, I just had to get my mind right.” said Bradley, a sophomore who just one day prior had bowed out of the […] More

  • WTT Preview: The Illinois Regional Training Center is Off to the Trials

    CORALVILLE, IA • The Illinois Regional Training Center will be taking its show on the road this weekend as it heads west to Iowa for the World Team Trials and has six of its wrestlers step onto the challenge tournament mats at Xtreme Arena for the possibility of making it to Final X and earning an […] More

  • WTT Preview: It’s Deakin’s Time; Davison’s Entry Adds Something Different

    CORALVILLE, IA • Northwester’s Ryan Deakin ended his collegiate career exactly where he wants to start his senior-level season, at the top of the podium. In order for this to happen, Deakin will have to Freestyle his way through the World Team Trials challenge tournament this weekend in Iowa. If he makes the finals, then he […] More

  • WTT Preview: McKendree is Looking to Flood the Field in Iowa

    CORALVILLE, IA • With the largest contingent of entrants from Illinois, McKendree, the 2022 NCWWC national champions, will bring seven women to the Trials in hopes of making the National Team and representing Team USA at the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.  This Saturday and Sunday at the Xtream Arena will be the first of two […] More

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