SPRINGFIELD – Deshoun White did some heavy lifting Saturday. His reward is a sectional championsip and a trip to next weekend's Class 2A state wrestling finals.
STANFORD – Steve Montez truly saved the best for last.
The St. Thomas More senior heavyweight had the attention of all the remaining spectators at Olympia High for Saturday's Class 1A sectional wrestling tournament.
LaSALLE – A certain drought currently hangs over the collective head of the Mahomet-Seymour wrestling program. It has the full attention of the Bulldogs' coaching staff, its team members and the dedicated fan base that follows the team from meet to meet.
A look at next weekend's state meet
MAHOMET – Mahomet-Seymour center Nick Washburn will miss the remainder of the season with a circulatory problem that requires surgery.
ARGENTA – Thirty-five years is a long time. Too long if you ask LeRoy wrestling coach Doug DeWald.
For the first time since 1974, the Panthers won a regional after claiming four weight classes Saturday at Argenta-Oreana. Devin Bulington (103 pounds) and Cory Matlock (119) each won their divisions by pin. Tyler Wilfley (140) and Brian Roberts (145) won titles by decision.
TOLONO – Brytt Hallowell has displayed limited growth as a high school wrestler.
As a freshman, the St. Joseph-Ogden athlete competed for a regional title at 112 pounds. On Saturday as a senior, Hallowell was in the finals at 119 pounds.
M-S keeps title streak alive with six champions
PONTIAC – Rantoul sophomore Isaiah Butts was determined not to look ahead at any point during Saturday's Class 2A regional. After three hard-fought wins in the 130-pound weight class, including a 14-8 decision against Mahomet-Seymour's Cody Briggs in the championship match, the first Eagle to win a regional title during coach Dan Warner's tenure was ready to peek into the future, if only for a moment.
Freshmen Anastasia, Volk spark Maroons
MOUNT ZION – Champaign Central had not won a regional wrestling title since 1967.
NORMAL – Champaign Central seniors Colin McGill and Mike Lacine enter their final Big 12 Conference swimming and diving meet Saturday as two-time champions.