Coach of the Year:
Rob Ledin, Mahomet-Seymour
What he did: School’s seventh-year head coach guided the state-ranked (No. 14) Bulldogs to their first 20-win season since 2002 (22-8), a Corn Belt Conference championship and a runner-up finish in their own Class 2A regional tournament. The school participated in its 1,000th dual meet (a 46-23 win over Centennial on Dec. 4). M-S had eight 20-match individual winners this season.
Season highlight: “We faced a lot of adversity and were still able to win 22 dual meets and recapture our conference title. The adversity of injuries didn’t allow us to put our best team on the mat at all this season. However, we had many young men step in and wrestle their hearts out for the team. In the end, we gave Bloomington a run for the regional title, had 10 sectional qualifiers and four state qualifiers, which really capped off quite a year. I was very proud of our team this past season.”
A few of my favorite things: Pizza, Chicago style ... Any Rocky movie ... Russell Crowe in “Gladiator” ... Phil Collins ... Giordano’s in Chicago and Fillipo’s in Mahomet ... 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback ... “The Edge,” by Howard Ferguson ... UI wrestling and Da Bears ... Sam’s Club ... Chicago Park District Day Camp Counselor.
Three things on my bucket list: To take my family and see the Colosseum in Rome, visit Mount Rushmore and the Washington, D.C., monuments.
About Coach Ledin: “When he gets into technique, he is moving step by step to make sure you understand everything. He is best technician of coach I’ve ever met. If you listen and buy into his philosophy, you will undertsand how to wrestle on the mat pretty easily. He is the first one to see something (during a match), and gets your attention during open time. IHe can can get on your case, but only when he knows you can be better and pushes you to compete at your best. I’m very thankful to have him as a coach.” — M-S senior state-qualifier Tyler Moxley.