LeROY — Doug DeWald, who guided the LeRoy/Tri-Valley wrestling team to a Class 1A state quarterfinal team berth, has resigned. He will be replaced by assistant Jeff Baughman.
DeWald is going to start work on a master’s degree in the fall and said, “There just isn’t enough time to do both things well.”
BLOOMINGTON — After 14 matches had been wrestled, the LeRoy/Tri-Valley Panthers and the Sherrard Tigers were knotted at 33 points apiece Saturday at the state wrestling duals.
It came down to criteria, and each team had won seven matches, so six-point falls decided the winner. The Panthers trailed 4-3 in that category, so the Tigers earned the extra point and the 34-33 victory.
CLASS 1A TEAM-DUAL SECTIONALS
At Gibson City
■ LeRoy 45, Illini Bluffs 36. The Panthers clinched their fifth straight trip to the state dual-team meet Tuesday.
CHAMPAIGN — Only after Champaign Central’s Brandon Klein had wrestled the last of his 39 matches was the rest of the story revealed.
The 182-pound junior will undergo surgery Wednesday.
It’s news that the Maroons kept silent for fear that opponents would try to take advantage of his injured shoulder.
CHAMPAIGN — Won. And done.
Retirement from wrestling won’t be immediate, however, for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher’s Josh Wallick. The Class 1A 285-pounder became his school’s first two-time state champion Saturday at State Farm Center in the one sport he won’t pursue in college at St. Xavier.
CHAMPAIGN — When state wrestlers are paired up Saturday for championship matches, the area will boast three of a kind.
Three area Class 1A seniors reserved the right to walk in the Grand March on Saturday night at State Farm Center by virtue of rousing victories in Friday night’s semifinal round.
CHAMPAIGN — On his quest to be the best, Champaign Central’s Brandon Klein found himself wrestling the best.
Now he has a better idea what he needs to do by his senior season next year.
“He’s a better wrestler,” Klein said after dropping a 10-0 Class 2A quarterfinal decision to top-seeded Colin Carr, from Washington, on Friday at State Farm Center.