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Prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner contacted head coaches of teams in area conferences to get their thoughts on the upcoming season.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – Urbana's girls' basketball team rallied to defeat Rantoul 44-29 Tuesday to win the Blue Star Country Classic championship.
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.
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.
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.