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Illinois Matmen Wrestling News

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    Test of the Best 3: Results

    GENEVA, IL • This past weekend’s Test of the Best 3 was nothing short of spectacular. The bouts had everything a wrestling fan could hope for: tight matches that were one takedown away in the closing seconds; the top man having to ride his opponent out for the win; high-scoring matches; comebacks; slick moves; and the […] More

  • Illinois results from the Northern Plains Regional

    ROCHESTER, MN • Four of Illinois’ top female wrestlers earned a Northern Plains title this past weekend out of the twenty-five placewinners who earned a top-six finish in the Freestyle field and qualified for the Fargo. Additionally, two young ladies participated in the Girls Greco-Roman competition, and each placed third.   Here is the list of wrestlers […] More

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    U20 FS: Webster, Mendoza, and Lemley show an Illinois wave is coming

    LAS VEGAS, NV • Even though Illinois would not champion U20 Freestyle, three of its stars—three that have shined extremely bright in Illinois—showed that they are right there, and, with maybe another year of growth, they just may be ready to take the helm no matter where they are wrestling.    Illinois highest place winner would come […] More

  • U20 GR: Nosler Greco’s his way to title, four others medal

    LAS VEGAS, NV • In the U20 Division, Illinois came to Greco. And of all the Illinoisians who stepped onto the mat, one would be champion while four others would make their way to the podium. In all, each of the medalists showed dominance in a variety of ways, and each showed their Illinois Greco roots […] More

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    U17 FS: Munaretto doubles up World Teams while four others medal

    LAS VEGAS, NV • Domenic Munaretto came into his U.S. Open weekend with one goal—one goal in two phases: win the Greco-Roman nomination for the U.S. World Team, and then win the Freestyle nomination for the U.S. World Team. He accomplished both tasks, and he did them in grand fashion.  In total, three wrestlers won titles […] More

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    U15 FS: Banas and Barrientos double medal at the Open

    LAS VEGAS, NV • There is nothing easy about earning two medals at the U.S. Open. However, this past weekend, Thomas Banas, who was a Greco-Roman champion one day, came through a strong Freestyle field and placed third. Isaac Barrientos, similarly, placed third in Greco-Roman competition, and then fourth in Freestyle. Two young stars on the […] More

  • U15 GR: Ruscitti and Banas Greco themselves into U.S. Open titles; two others place

    LAS VEGAS, NV • Illinois came away from the U15 Greco-Roman championships with two titles—no surprise that Illinois is known for its Greco—and that is at any age. U.S. Open champions Robert Ruscitti and Thomas Banas moved through their weights in a most impressive fashion. For Ruscitti, he undeniably dominated the 48kg bracket as his longest […] More

  • OTT: Women’s Freestyle Results

    STATE COLLEGE, PA • Fourteen women from Illinois came to the 2024 US Olympic Team Trials with one goal: Paris. In the end, Illinois would see one Olympian graced with that very honor, and three others would earn a spot on the US National Team. Overall, with one Olympian, Illinois is very honored because, with only […] More

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    OTT: Illinois Results from the Trials

    STATE COLLEGE, PA • Fifty percent of the United States Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team is from Illinois—that is half. Now, two of those weight still need to be qualified—67kg and 77kg—but three of the six Trials champions come the Land of Lincoln; come August, the Land of Greco. In state, Greco-Roman wrestling, a style in Illinois […] More

  • OTT: Blades makes her first Olympic Team, is headed to Paris

    STATE COLLEGE, PA • Kennedy Blades has done what no other woman in America has been able to do since before 2011, and that is defeat the United States’ most decorated female wrestler, Adeline Gray. In the Bryce Jordan Center, on the campus of Penn State University, Blades, now 20 years old, cruised through the Challenge […] More

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