2018 All-Area wrestling | Meet the first team

Justin Cardani

Sr., 113 pounds, Centennial

N-G 2018 Wrestling Coach of the Year | Monticello's Andy Moore

Why he's Coach of the Year: The 2017-18 campaign was a banner one. First, Moore set Monticello's all-time grappling coach wins mark with his 157th in January. Then, he led the Sages to their first team regional title since 2013 before helping sophomores Ethan O'Linc and Henry Dawson to individual state berths.

N-G All-Area Teams | 2018 wrestling

All-Area First Team


Justin Cardani Centennial Sr. 113

Ren Dazey Oakwood/Salt Fork Sr. 132

Ezra Elliott Hoopeston Area Jr. 126

A.J. Fox Urbana Sr. 182

Jake Frost Unity Sr. 182

David Griffet Mahomet-Seymour Sr. 285

Dalton Hall Champaign Central So. 160

Final area wrestling stats | 2018

2017-18 Class 1A


Name, School W L Pts

C. Horsch, GCMS/Fisher 41 4 205

Reed, Oakwood/Salt Fork 34 6 131

Gavel, Unity 28 11 97

Byrd, LeRoy/Tri-Valley 29 16 87

A. Wagner, St. Joseph-Ogden 26 10 84

Mingee, St. Thomas More 21 9 73

N-G Final Top 10 | 2018 wrestling


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.

All-Area Wrestling 2018

Members of the News-Gazette's All-Area Wrestling team at the News-Gazette Media Building Sunday, March 11, 2018, in downtown Champaign.

Prep pulse | March 19

Our winter All-Area coverage is off and running.

In Sunday's News-Gazette, readers could see our All-Area girls' basketball package. It was headlined by Schlarman junior Anaya Peoples, who repeated as Player of the Year after keying the Hilltoppers to the first state championship in program history.

Colin Likas on preps | The Oscar goes to ...

February might be the calendar year's shortest month, but that doesn't mean things aren't busy in the local high school sports world.

Athletes, coaches, fans and media experienced a bevy of winter athletics action over a 28-day period — including state tournaments in girls' basketball, wrestling and boys' swimming and diving.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: Feb. 26, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas offers his latest Best of the Bunch, which includes a state-winning basketball team and four squads that captured regional crowns on the court.

The Locker Room With ... Prairie Central Wrestling

This week's edition of The Locker Room brings on members of the Prairie Central wrestling team, including recent state champions Drew and Brandon Hoselton.