If you didn't get your share of action this weekend at wrestling sectionals and regionals..another full weekend looms ahead. This time it's the big one for the boys in Illinois. A trip to the State Farm Center in Champaign. We've got you covered for the first round matchups to see who our local wrestlers were matched up with...
We've reached the pinnacle of Illinois Wrestling as eight local graplers are heading off to the state finals in search of the top spot on the podium.
From the 106 weight class, QND's ferocious freshman Ashton Meyers has done everything and then some to get to state. The former seeds of greatness selectee is a bold 31-3 this year and will be matched up against 30-11 Dillion Swift of Daokta in the preliminaries.
With only 1 loss on the season, Will Lucie may be one of the most promising wrestlers to win a state title at 113lbs. The West Hancock product makes his competition look silly on the mat. The scary thing is, he's only a sophmore. And something says we'll see him in this position for the next two years - as he draws 25-16 Steve Bastien of Murphysboro.
QND's senior Darren Stephen's won't be an easy matchup for Cumberlands Brock Overbeck, let alone anyone at 126. Stephen's arrives at state 27-7 on the season. He's been a monster all year and seems to never run out of endurance on the mat.
Not a bad year for West Hancock's Jack Lucie. Besides dominating all season, finishing 36-2, and heading to state with his little brother, Jack has also received his certificate of appointment to West Point. Where he plans to continue wrestling. Congrats on it all Jack, we'll see you at state against Eric Estrada of Gordon Tech in the first round at 132.
At 170, Macomb's Tyler Arnold is one tough young man. He's fiesty out there and brings his A-game every single time. He'll have a tough one in the preliminaries, drawing undefeated Kyle Betourne of McNamara. Arnold didn't get 29 wins this year by accident, he'll be more then ready for next weekend.
A true hard hat and lunch pal type wrestler from Quincy Notre Dame. 195-pound Jeffrey Haley has been Mr. Consistency this season for the Raiders. Surpassing 100 wins on his career, the 31-3 senior won't be creeping up on anyone as he enters state competition. His track record speaks for itself and he'll be matched up against another good one in Lutheran's Austin Barnhart.
Big bad Logan Thiele from Pittsfield has been a blast to watch wrestle this season. His rare combination of strength and technique give him an advantage over his competition. He'll have Lisle's Jared Arellano to deal with in the first round, a heavy weight battle Thiele will relish every bit of.
OTHER ILLINOIS WRESTLERS HEADING TO STATE:
Garrad Straube (Quincy High) 42-7 vs. Dayton Oldson (Glenbard East) 40-4
Martin Orduno (Beardstown) 35-9 vs. Nate Jozsa (Oreana) 39-0
Daniel Guzman (Beardstown) 22-8 vs. Keegan Gardner (Frankfort) 36-5