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Illinois Matmen Wrestling News

  • 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

  • 16U FS: State and Regional Placewinners this Spring

    ILLINOIS • There were several placewinners through the USA Wrestling sanctioned qualifying tournaments for the National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, come July. And, in looking at the placewinners in not only the Team Illinois State Championships, a fair portion of wrestlers traveled and continued to compete and find ways to challenge themselves and qualify for […] More

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    Team Illinois’ Freestyle Squad is Almost Complete

    AURORA • In the marathon of wrestling that was this past Saturday’s Freestyle State Championships, Team Illinois was able to wrestle itself through all the Junior division pools, crossovers, and final places in one day, but the 16U would have to comeback on Sunday to secure its national qualifiers. Once this was completed, Team Illinois, at […] More

  • Team Illinois’ Youth Freestyle State Championships are an Investment into the Future

    AURORA • Team Illinois ran its annual Freestyle State Championships this past Saturday, and aside from the Fargo qualifiers in the 16U and Junior divisions, several future Team Illinois wrestlers were able to compete in the 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U divisions.  Aside from the competitive nature of the kids who wrestled, there were a number […] More

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    Action Needed: IHSA Committee Set to Meet and Vote on IHSA Policy 18

    BLOOMINGTON • On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., the IHSA Wrestling Advisory Committee held a meeting to discuss, approve, and hold a general discussion period that included recommendations for the 2023-24 wrestling season. The Advisory Committee’s recommendations have always been ways to help the sport of wrestling grow in Illinois, and the current recommendations […] More

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    Davino is Ready to be a World Champion

    LAS VEGAS, NV • Ben Davino is arguably the best pound-for-pound wrestler in Illinois, and after claiming the 60 kg U17 World Team Trials championship in a best two-of-three series over Jax Forrest, last’s years U17 World silver medalist at 55 kg, Davino has now proven he is the best wrestler in the land. But, for […] More

  • Richards’ Passion Leads to an Open Title, Will Face Gilman at Final X

    LAS VEGAS, NV • Coming in as perhaps the most underappreciated, or maybe just the most unassuming number-one seed at the US Open, Zane Richards, who was a US National Team member last year, proved all the naysayers wrong by accomplishing his only goal on the weekend: winning the 57 kg bracket.  Unfortunately, for Richards, whose […] More

  • The 2023 Club Cup is Set

    DOWNERS GROVE • Sixteen clubs from three states will battle it out at Downers Grove South this Sunday, April 23, for the annual Club Cup.  All wrestling will be held in the DGS Field House with wrestling beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be eight mats that cover five full rounds. All competitions will be in […] More

  • The “Success Factor” and “Multiplier”: 3A’s Cross to Bear

    ILLINOIS • The IHSA “Success Factor” has elevated another very talented program into the 3A wrestling realm. However, what the IHSA’s “Success Factor,” and even the “Multiplier,” fail to take into consideration is the impact such a move will have on an already top-heavy classification, as well as the classifications those teams leave. These guidelines, in […] More

  • By the Numbers: One Last Look at the “Regional Seeding” Debate with Hard Data

    ILLINOIS • Since the IHSA State Championships have concluded, and enough time has passed to put away the emotions, while the hard numbers are now definitive, it is time to look at how each Individual Sectional fared at the championships, as well as the public school versus private school debate. More importantly, how the best teams […] More

  • Tallying up Tulsa for Illinois

    TULSA, OKLAHOMA • Eleven wrestlers with Illinois ties brought home All-American honors, and one of those young men was a national champion. Illinois came into the tournament with the second largest contingent of national qualifiers, second only to Pennsylvania. Those thirty-four Illinoisians, combined with qualifiers from the four Division I programs located in Illinois, gave the […] More

  • A Determined O’Connor Reclaims His Crown in Tulsa

    TULSA, OKLAHOMA • After going 13-0 and winning a national championship at 149 pounds in 2021, Austin O’Connor (Chicago St. Rita) would jump up a weight class and have some setbacks that removed the once mighty king from his throne. Saturday night in Tulsa, the king recrowned himself after claiming his second title in three years, […] More

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