Wrestling official considers it 'a pretty high honor' to help lead IHSA tournament's Grand March

CHAMPAIGN — Longtime wrestling official Ron Coit, never one to seek attention, will get plenty of it Saturday night.

The Farmer City native will serve as one of four grand marshals in the Illinois High School Association state wrestling Grand March, which annually precedes the championship matches.

Sabers' Sexton enjoying state finals

CHAMPAIGN — J.D. Sexton displays a steely-eyed gaze while preparing for and competing in a wrestling match.

He might talk to others donning St. Thomas More gold and hunter green, but it's going to be an all-grappling conversation for the Sabers junior.

So when Sexton cracked a smile Thursday on one of the six mats inside State Farm Center, it ensured good news.

IHSA State Wrestling: Class 1A & 2A prelims

Area wrestling compete in the Class 1A and 2A prelims during the State tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

Three Chargers begin state bids

CHAMPAIGN — The Centennial wrestling "room" is one of two landings overlooking the high school gymnasium.

It's exposed when a block of bleachers is pushed back into the connected wall. Once that's accomplished, the Chargers' grapplers and staff roll out mats on which to practice.

It's a daily operation during the season.

Three questions with Urbana senior Luke Luffman

What's your favorite match you've wrestled as a Tiger?

My favorite match that I've wrestled at Urbana had to be at the Lincoln Tournament my freshman year. In the semis, I beat a kid who I wasn't necessarily supposed to beat, and I just kind of outwrestled him and outtoughed him. That was when I actually got ranked, you know? So it was a while ago.

Prep wrestling state: Feb. 13, 2019

Class 1A

(*State qualifiers)

106 pounds

Name, School W L Pts

*Wagner, St. Joseph-Ogden 43 7 211

*Hosley, Unity 42 6 194

*B. Tay, Ridgeview/Lexin. 36 2 178

Travis, Prairie Central 28 16 86

Palmberg, STM 27 16 81

Dykes, GCMS/Fisher 12 2 60

Bailey, Monticello 14 9 25

Class 2A Mahomet-Seymour Wrestling Sectional highlights

Video highlights from the Class 2A Mahomet-Seymour wrestling sectional on Feb. 9, 2019. All matches shown are either championship-bracket semifinals or title bouts.

HS Wrestling: IHSA Class 2A Mahomet Sectional

Area wrestlers compete for a chance at the state tournament during the IHSA Class 2A Sectional in the gymnasium at Mahomet-Seymour High School Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Mahomet.

Luffman continues quest for three-peat

MAHOMET — Luke Luffman furiously flipped through a deck of playing cards in a corner of the Mahomet-Seymour gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

The Urbana senior wrestler already secured his spot in a Class 2A sectional championship match, slated for later that day.

Rockets take flight with six state qualifiers

CARTERVILLE — The Unity wrestling contingent stopped at Wendy's in Mt. Vernon on Saturday night.

No gorging on any specialties from the fast-food restaurant allowed, though.

"We got a lot of guys out," Unity coach Logan Patton said, "so they're watching what they're eating."