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.

2018 All-Area wrestling | Meet the first team

Justin Cardani

Sr., 113 pounds, Centennial

Meet the 2018 N-G Wrestler of the Year | Centennial's Justin Cardani

CHAMPAIGN — Justin Cardani has left no doubt he's the greatest wrestler in Centennial High School history.

He holds two IHSA state championships — the first coming in 2017 at 106 pounds, the second this season at 113 pounds.

He compiled a 91-0 record over his junior and senior campaigns as a Charger.

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