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Prep wrestling preview: Save the Date

Key dates on this season's prep wrestling schedule.

Prep wrestling preview: Coaches Corner

Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted head coaches of teams in area conferences to get their thoughts on the upcoming season.

Prep wrestling preview: Area Rankings

The News-Gazette's area prep wrestling rankings.

Prep wrestling preview: Nifty Fifty

Area preseason wrestlers to watch.

Prep wrestling preview: Move to three divisions draws mixed reviews

On paper, nothing has changed for area schools in wrestling.

The five schools that were classified as Class AA last year in the old two-class system are now in the Class 2A division under the expanded three-class setup.

Urbana rallies to claim tourney

CHAMPAIGN – Urbana's girls' basketball team rallied to defeat Rantoul 44-29 Tuesday to win the Blue Star Country Classic championship.

Tough night on mat for SJ-O, GCMS

Area schools were shut out Tuesday night in their bids to advance to this weekend's dual-team wrestling state tournament.

In Class 1A sectional matches at Clinton, 14th-ranked Macomb edged 13th-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden 34-33 and, in a rematch from 2007, Petersburg PORTA reversed the outcome against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, beating the ninth-ranked Falcons 34-26.

Around the mat

News and notes from Saturday at the Assembly Hall:

No double for Dooley

CHAMPAIGN – So he didn't win back-to-back state titles. Doesn't matter, Kyle Dooley is still the best wrestler in Monticello history. The 150-pound senior dropped the 152-pound championship match 4-0 to Coal City's Chase Odeen, bringing to an end a stellar career.

He won a school-record 150 matches to just 11 defeats, and finished second, first and second in consecutive years at the individual state meet. That's the kind of stuff most guys dream of.

Seven area grapplers stay in hunt for titles

CHAMPAIGN – This isn't a scientific survey based on thousands of cases. Yet, it reveals perhaps the reality in high school wrestling.

The study group consisted of the first 16 matches in the preliminary round of the Class 1A state wrestling tournament that involved News-Gazette area athletes.