The athlete who is arguably the most dominant prep wrestler in Illinois will leave the state tournament with no better than a third-place medal.
Oak Park senior Ellis Coleman – who entered the Class 3A 135-pound bracket undefeated and having allowed two takedowns in 44 matches – was stunned in Friday's quarterfinals by Chicago Lane's Max Schneider, who pinned him with 5 seconds remaining in the match.
CHAMPAIGN – When the prep wrestling season started in November, Austin Armetta wasn't even the best 140-pounder on Mahomet-Seymour's team.
"He lost the first couple of wrestleoffs and wasn't in the lineup early," M-S coach Rob Ledin said.
CHAMPAIGN – Clinton wrestler Nick Wheat showed Friday how little time it takes to plant a seed.
In the case of the Class 1A 215-pounder, less than 10 seconds.
A look at this weekend's IHSA championship wrestling tournament schedule and ticket information:
Considering Dave Markwell's background, there might not be a more unlikely wrestling Hall of Famer.
Background? The veteran Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac coach had none in the sport when he showed up for work at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in the late summer of 1984 and promptly was informed he would be the school's wrestling coach.
CHAMPAIGN – Ed Mears calls Dakota Tiger "one of the pioneers."
And not just because he's deaf.
The News-Gazette's area Athletes of the Week
News and notes from the local prep sports scene.
GIBSON CITY – Colten Unzicker has experienced some measure of success on the state wrestling stage throughout his career.
As an eighth-grader, he finished second in the state meet. This weekend he'll strap on the headgear at the IHSA state meet for the third time in his four-year career.
The top-ranked wrestlers in each weight class, according to The Illinois Best Weekly, and area individuals who are ranked: