URBANA – Now that Caleb Blaney is back where he belongs, plenty of heavyweight wrestlers have reason to say good riddance.
After going 17-0 against the biggest boys on the mat to open this season – with 14 of those victories by pin and the others by forfeit – the Urbana senior once again is competing at his weight class of the previous two years.
Danville all-comers meet on tap
DANVILLE – An all-comers indoor track and field meet for males and females is Feb. 7 at Danville High School, beginning at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $1 per event, and individuals are limited to four events.
CHAMPAIGN – Deshoun White and Bryson Martin (285) had pins as Champaign Central beat Peoria Woodruff 42-24 on Senior Night on Tuesday. The Maroons also got wins from Julian Anastasia, Aryn Gilenson, Samuel Mate, Nathaniel Volk, Adam Acheson and Ronald Lemons.
Brucker, Kirby spark Falcons
FAIRBURY – Nick Congdon (135 pounds) was named Lower Weight Outstanding Wrestler for Centennial en route to a first-place finish Saturday at the Prairie Central Hawk Classic.
Jeff Scott never will take Champaign Central's current wrestling practice facility for granted. Not after the circumstances the Maroons coach dealt with when he arrived at the school in 1995.
Back then, believe it or not, the Maroons worked out in the school cafeteria. Once the tables and chairs were moved to the side, Scott's then-tiny band of wrestlers lugged mats from their storage area on another level of the building. And when practice commenced, the Maroons were forced to dodge the steel beams in the lunch room-turned-workout room.
NORMAL – Two former Illinois men's basketball players as well as three former Illini women's players and eighth-year UI men's assistant coach Wayne McClain were selected for enshrinement to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Each week, The News-Gazette ranks the top 10 teams in a winter sport. This week's topic: wrestling
URBANA – There are bigger meets ahead.
But Saturday's Twin City wrestling meet still had Champaign Central's utmost attention.
METAMORA – Julian Anastasia (112 pounds), Aryn Gilenson (130), Brandon Ward (160) and Evan Ellsworth (171) each won titles for Champaign Central to help the Maroons finish first at the 16-team Metamora Holiday Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
"Today was a good total team effort. We had four champions and six in the finals. We scored in 11 weight classes," Central coach Jeff Scott said.
CHAMPAIGN – Nate Freeman scored 22 points to lift St. Thomas More to a 59-50 nonconference win against Salt Fork on Thursday in boys' basketball.