Wrestling

Wrestling

2017-18 Prep Year in Review

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

IHSA adjusts rules in 3 sports

Wrestlebacks are back.

A cut day now exists in golf.

And a mercy rule is in place for basketball season.

Those are among the notable IHSA rule changes for the 2018-19 academic year that will affect the state wrestling and golf tournaments, as well as lopsided regular-season basketball games.

A Life Remembered | Legendary Central wrestling coach a man of influence

LODA — There are five phases of high school coaching, John Woods says.

First on the list, according to the Champaign Central athletic director, is survival. Then comes success, followed by playing a significant role in the lives of student-athletes.

Prep pulse: May 14, 2018

Wrestling is one of those sports that doesn't have a terribly lengthy IHSA season, but keeps going on well past the annual February state tournament.

The latest examples of this came during the Illinois Greco-Roman State Championships on April 28 and the Illinois Freestyle State Championships on May 5-6.

Prep pulse: May 7, 2018

Shajrianna Turner was in the midst of her sophomore year at Danville when she suffered what could have become a debilitating injury.

Turner was wrestling for the Vikings in December 2015 when, as she describes it, she was headbutted by an opponent on the mat.

Prep pulse: April 23, 2018

The University of Illinois can claim influence over most state high schools. The News-Gazette's coverage area includes many of these options.

Among those is Danville, which seems to be a particular hot spot for Class of 2018 athletes seeking next-level competition.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: March 26, 2018

This week's Best of the Bunch with preps coordinator Colin Likas looks at the achievements of a variety of track and field athletes last week, as well as the success of teams from Fisher, Tuscola, BHRA and Mahomet-Seymour.

N-G Final Top 10 | 2018 wrestling

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1. Prairie Central (3): The Hawks may not have won the challenging Class 1A Coal City Regional, but they sent five athletes to state and received titles from Drew and Brandon Hoselton.

2018 All-Area wrestling | Meet the first team

Justin Cardani

Sr., 113 pounds, Centennial