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Illinois Matmen Wrestling News

  • 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

  • U23 Women’s Nationals: Makoyed Simply Dominates, Headed to Spain

    FORT WORTH, TX • The North Central College’s women’s wrestling program has been on the rise since it started four years ago and, in those four years, it has been Yelena Makoyed who has been the face of the program. She has been a steadfast representation of toughness, consistency, grace, and the championship pedigree that is […] More

  • U17 Women’s Nationals: Gomez and Hamilton are Headed to Rome

    FORT WORTH, TX • Sunday was a great day for women’s wrestling in Illinois.  Three young women were in the World Team Trials championship match, and two of them will now be representing Team USA in Rome, Italy, this summer at the U17 World Championships.  Overall, four Illinois wrestlers have made the US National Team […] More

  • U17 Women’s Nationals: Hamilton is Two Wins Away from Rome

    FORT WORTH, TX • Since 2014, Valerie Hamilton has been doing a great deal of wrestling—and a great deal of winning. On Sunday, Hamilton will have another opportunity to do some winning and, if she is able to win her best-of-three series against Team Pennsylvania’s Marissa Rumsey, she will represent Team USA at the U17 World […] More

  • U17 Women’s Nationals: Perry Looking to Make More History for Batavia

    FORT WORTH, TX • This past winter season, Sydney Perry became the first young lady ever crowned in the inaugural Illinois High School Girls’ State Championships. Sunday in Texas, she looks to be the first Batavia Bulldog to make a World Team.  Perry would start her day the same way she would end it, with an […] More

  • U17 Women’s Nationals: Gomez’s Redemption Could Lead Her to Rome

    FORT WORTH, TX • The last time Gabriella Gomez lost a wrestling match, it was in the FargoDome against Florida’s Valarie Solorio for the 94-pound Fargo national championship. On Sunday, Gomez will have a chance to redeem herself, and the stakes could not be any higher. The winner of the best-of-three series will have her hand […] More

  • U20 Women’s Nationals: Cassioppi is Two Matches Away from Bulgaria

    FORT WORTH, TX • Rose Cassioppi is one best-of-three series away from representing Team USA on the National Team for the U20 World Championships this August in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Hononegah High School junior, who hails from Roscoe, Illinois, has been an age group sensation since she started wrestling, and now she has her sights set […] More

  • U17, U20, U23 World Team Trials Preview

    FORT WORTH, TX – The 2022 USMC Women’s National Championships goes down this weekend at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The winner of each weight class in the U17, U20, and U23 age-groups will qualify for the World Team, and as such, to represent the United States of America at their […] More

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    Munaretto Victorious at U17 World Team Trials

    Despite being only 14 years of age, Toss Em Up Wrestling Academy’s Domenic Munaretto won the U17 World Team Trials last weekend in Las Vegas, clinching a berth at the World Championships in Rome.  “It honestly is a dream come true for me,” said Munaretto, an eighth grader from Barrington. “I’ve been looking for the […] More

  • Golston’s Title was Sparked by the Positive Energy around Her

    LAS VEGAS • Erin Golston, the Lake in the Hills native, has been wrestling since she was six years old after she watched her brother and wanted to try the sport for herself. Since then, Golston has been a mainstay on the women’s circuit with a great number of wins and accolades to follow. This past weekend […] More

  • Taylor’s Renewed Love Helps Her Cruise to an Open Championship

    LAS VEGAS • There are just not that many young and talented wrestlers out there as good as Felicity Taylor. And even though Taylor has made her mark in Iowa while in high school, collegiately at McKendree, and on the UWW Junior and U23 scene, her entrance into this year’s Open would mark the next step […] More

  • Gomez Laces Her Way to an Open Championship

    LAS VEGAS • Since her Fargo runner-up finish last season, Gabriella Gomez has been difficult to beat—so difficult, in fact, that she has not lost. This past weekend, Gomez, who came in as the number-three seed at the USMC US Open Girls High School Showcase at 100 pounds, would open her day of competition in the […] More

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