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Forum: Illinois Matmen News 01-06-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 13,175
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
To Gail, Rick, Clayton, Jason, Jessie and the...

To Gail, Rick, Clayton, Jason, Jessie and the rest of the Rush family:
I am so sorry to hear about this. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I fervently believe you will all be together again.
...
Forum: Shannon's Blog 12-27-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 31,443
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
My last post

Hello everyone,
I am well and whole in sunny Florida. Actually it was overcast and rainy Florida today, but whatever. Just wanted to dash off a few thoughts and leave them up for a little while, and...
Forum: IHSA 2A 04-01-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,384
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Ctdad, As somebody who tried and tried to be...

Ctdad,

As somebody who tried and tried to be a Moline wrestling parent -- my kid just wouldn't bite, though he LOVED summer camp last year and probably will go again this year -- it does bother me...
Forum: IHSA 2A 03-30-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,384
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Well.... Hakizimana (the unnamed wrestler...

Well....

Hakizimana (the unnamed wrestler who was fourth in Illinois 2A at 119) -- as I said on multiple occasions locally -- got my vote for most improved metro wrestler this season. But he was...
Forum: IHSA 1A 03-30-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 734
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
QC Times all-metro/area wrestling teams

Also on the 2A board.

Lots of Iowa kids on the lists, but I think (particularly for the all-area team) Illinois more than held its own. I was out of town early last week when this was published....
Forum: IHSA 2A 03-30-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,384
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
QC Times all-metro/area wrestling teams

Lots of Iowa kids on the lists, but I think (particularly for the all-area team) Illinois more than held its own. I was out of town early last week when this was published. Thought ctdad or somebody...
Forum: Shannon's Blog 03-13-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 4,181
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Breaking down Tolono Unity

So Tolono had quite a few twists and turns along the way. Like Vandalia, three different regionals held the lead during the course of walking through each weight. At the 152-pound weight class, all...
Forum: College 03-12-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 4,832
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
I had it streaming on my computer at the Mallards...

I had it streaming on my computer at the Mallards game! Clayton, you are and always were the best in my eyes. My regret is that I couldn't see it -- the bulldog always needs to be fed at my house!!!...
Forum: Shannon's Blog 03-12-2011
Replies: 0
Views: 4,161
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Breaking down Vandalia

Ah, Vandalia...

You were a tough nut to crack. Three different regionals were in the lead at one point or another, and just when I thought one would run away and hide, along would come another. In...
Forum: Shannon's Blog 03-11-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 6,392
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Strongest sectional in 1A

Well, I've beaten the Iowa tournaments to death. Go to The Predicament and look for posts by soonoffthebeat discussing what areas of the state are strongest.

Now it's Illinois' turn. A little more...
Forum: Shannon's Blog 02-21-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 6,685
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
A few thoughts on the tournament: 1. The...

A few thoughts on the tournament:

1. The media area is ridiculously small, but at least there were runners this year. Don't know when that started, as I haven't been at the tournament since 2008....
Forum: IHSA 3A 02-18-2011
Replies: 138
Views: 21,738
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Ick. Clunky as hell, in my experience.

Ick. Clunky as hell, in my experience.
Forum: IHSA 3A 02-18-2011
Replies: 138
Views: 21,738
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
What's the holdup with results? 1A and 2A started...

What's the holdup with results? 1A and 2A started an hour ago, according to time schedule, and 3A first-rounds aren't even finished being published on the website...Is this how membership dues are...
Forum: Non-Wrestling Talk 02-17-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 5,145
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
I am of two minds here, and partially it's the...

I am of two minds here, and partially it's the kid's own statement that makes me think this way.

First, it's laudatory that his faith and his upbringing compel him to default. I am reminded of the...
Forum: Shannon's Blog 02-16-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 6,685
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Oooh! La Crosse Center! Wow...talk about closure,...

Oooh! La Crosse Center! Wow...talk about closure, my first big HS tournament I ever covered was the Bi-State Classic there...And there's certainly plenty of watering holes there.
Forum: Shannon's Blog 02-16-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 6,685
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
All good things...

I learned on Monday that I would be covering the second day of this weekend's state tournament.

This was very good news for me (and I hope it's good news for the kids in my area), because...
Forum: IHSA 2A 02-08-2011
Replies: 107
Views: 17,753
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Iowa's approach Sectional (similar to IL's...

Iowa's approach
Sectional (similar to IL's regional) A champ wrestles Sectional B runnerup in a dual on Mat 1; Sectional A runnerup wrestles Sectional B champ in a dual on Mat 2. Winners advance,...
Forum: IHSA 1A 02-03-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 7,592
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
My thoughts on this regional are posted here: ...

My thoughts on this regional are posted here:

http://qctimes.com/sports/high-school/varsity-voices/guest/article_2959a8de-2e27-11e0-90eb-001cc4c002e0.html

My inclusion of IM rankings are based...
Forum: IHSA 1A 02-03-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 7,247
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
I have my thoughts on this regional posted here: ...

I have my thoughts on this regional posted here:

http://qctimes.com/sports/high-school/varsity-voices/guest/article_2959a8de-2e27-11e0-90eb-001cc4c002e0.html

A slight disclaimer in that...
Forum: IHSA 1A 02-03-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 7,646
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
I have my thoughts on this regional posted here: ...

I have my thoughts on this regional posted here:

http://qctimes.com/sports/high-school/varsity-voices/guest/article_2959a8de-2e27-11e0-90eb-001cc4c002e0.html

The only change that I would make...
Forum: IHSA 1A 01-22-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,552
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Mark McDonnell dominated 140. Two pins, a tech...

Mark McDonnell dominated 140. Two pins, a tech fall and a 16-9 win in the finals over a wrestler from New Hampton IA. Trey Griffin beat two placewinners in the quarters and semis (12-0 in qtrs and...
Forum: IHSA 2A 01-07-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 8,521
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Ctdad, When my Moline wrestling Pacesetter...

Ctdad,

When my Moline wrestling Pacesetter noms went to print, when I worked over there, there was no Pacesetter jinx. Of course...Willie Smutz won Dvorak and couldn't even get a...
Forum: IHSA 1A 12-11-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 8,220
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Well...now that I cover both sides of the river...

Well...now that I cover both sides of the river and still get to see Carton, DeVriese, Georgean, the Chases, et al...

I still am surprised that Rocky hung with North Scott so well. North Scott...
Forum: IHSA 1A 03-06-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,966
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
One additional point...

that wasn't in 2244oak's story (though it was intrepid reporting on Dan's part and a good read nonetheless) was mentioned in my colleague Doug Green's story that is out today.

<<The sophomore...
Forum: IHSA 3A 02-26-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 3,811
Posted By Timesfreelanceguy
Why did I start covering wrestling?

I hated wrestling in high school. I've told the story often of getting to look at the lights in about 10 seconds my freshman year in gym class.

When I went to Iowa for college, I had to be...
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