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Illinois Matmen Wrestling News

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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

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    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

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    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: Young is Willing to go the Distance

    CORALVILLE, IA • East Aurora native Timothy Young has been climbing the ladder, and he is almost to the top. Last year he placed seventh at the US Open, this year he made the big jump to placing third, and this past weekend he battled himself into Final X for a chance to represent Team USA […] More

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • WTT Preview: North Central College Rides into the Trials on Four Horses

    CORALVILLE, IA • The North Central College women’s program has simply been climbing in the rankings and knocking off powerhouse programs since the program began four years ago; now, having a Senior World Team member for Team USA would simply add another major accomplishment for Head Coach Joe Norton, Associate Head Coach Zach Cook and staff, […] More

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    WTT Preview: Illinois Wrestlers in the FS and GR Challenge Tournament

    CORALVILLE, IA • This Saturday and Sunday at the Xtream Arena will be the first of two steps in a wrestler making the World Team and a chance to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. For some, there will be some of the greatest wrestling moments of their lives so far. […] More

  • Women’s Nationals: Final Wrap up and U23, U20, and U17 Final Results

    FORT WORTH, TX • Three separate age groups were on display this past weekend at the Will Rogers Memorial Center for the U23, U20, and U17 Women’s Championships—these three divisions also served as the World Team Trials tournament—and Illinois did not disappoint. In fact, it was made overly clear that women’s wrestling in the Land of […] More

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