The only thing better in high school wrestling than winning a state championship is winning another one.
Fox Valley Conference
The McHenry boys bowling team continued its undefeated start Thursday in a 3,027-2,962 win over Larkin.
The Crystal Lake Central wrestling team had six individuals place in six weight classes Saturday afternoon in the Conant Tournament in Hoffman Estates.
Steve Dixon Johnsburg Senior Football and Basketball
The Marian Central boys basketball team used a 22-point third quarter to hold on for a 57-55 victory over Cary-Grove on Friday in the Hoops for Healing Tournament at Woodstock North High School.
Eight schools, all of which are currently in the BNC East or the FVC Fox, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Eight schools, including six from McHenry County, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Crystal Lake South wrestling coach Ross Ryan describes senior Nick Gil as a model student and athlete in every way.
Crystal Lake South senior Nick Gil has been accepted for the Naval Academy Prep School next year, where he will compete as a wrestler for one year.
Given the fact that Richmond-Burton senior Garrett Sutton has two cousins – Jimmy and Cameron Kennedy – close to Michigan’s wrestling program, becoming a Wolverine seemed like a natural progression.
When Tim Haak retires from Harvard High School after this school year, it will cap a remarkable coaching and teaching career.
When ISI School of Wrestling in Crystal Lake hired Jordan Blanton as a coach, it created a perfect scenario for both parties.
If not for wrestling, Mike Kelly never would have experienced his Rocky moment in 2010 in Krakow, Poland.
Four area wrestlers hope their performance at the U.S.A Wrestling Nationals in Fargo, N.D., will pay dividends heading into the high school season.
Jessica Andronowitz found a sport for which she is naturally gifted when she was 11 and began taking horse riding lessons.
When Jordan Blanton hit the skids, when he lost five of six matches to the some of the Big Ten's top 176-pound wrestlers, calling his career good easily could have been an option.
After a disappointing end to his high school wrestling season, McHenry’s Britches Sikula was not ready to put aside his headgear just yet.
After going 19-1 last season and returning 12 of those varsity starters, McHenry wrestling coach Will Gaddy was expecting his team to be good but did not expect them to dominate.
Richmond-Burton wrestling coach Bret Wojcik has been matside at some significant matches at the state finals at Assembly Hall in Champaign, but being there for Cameron Kennedy’s state title this year may top them all.
Living in his older brother’s shadow almost caused Cameron Kennedy to walk away from his wrestling career before it began.
BYRON - Harvard juggled its lineup and battled tough but could not overcome the strong middle weights in Mercer County’s lineup that included three state place winners.
ANTIOCH– Crystal Lake Central wrestling coach Justen Lehr had a simple analogy for facing Montini, owner of five straight Class 2A state championships.
Old Dominion freshman Jack Dechow never lost faith as he watched his former Richmond-Burton teammates, Cameron Kennedy and Garrett Sutton, in the state individual wrestling tournament via live stream Saturday night.
CHAMPAIGN – Richmond-Burton’s Cameron Kennedy and Garrett Sutton and Harvard’s Anthony Luis made lasting memories Saturday at Assembly Hall.
CHAMPAIGN – With no one having scored a point heading into the second tiebreaker period, there was little reason to expect the 106-pound Class 2A third-place match between Prairie Ridge’s Travis Piotrowski and Marmion’s Anthony Bosco would end in a pin.
CHAMPAIGN – Richmond-Burton’s Cameron Kennedy, a senior, has placed each of his three previous years at the state final.
CHAMPAIGN – One of the bad things about losing in the first round of the wrestling state finals is the wait to see if you get to wrestle again.
Local wrestlers won 15 of 36 first-round matches Thursday in the state finals at Assembly Hall in Champaign.
The individual wrestling state finals begin today at Assembly Hall in Champaign for 36 area qualifiers.
Here are the season summaries and state previews for the 36 area qualifiers to the IHSA Wrestling State Finals today through Saturday at Assembly Hall in Champaign. (Rank is Illinoismatmen.com ranking in weight and state class.)
Athlete of the Week ANTHONY LUIS Harvard, jr.
BARRINGTON – Cary-Grove junior Logan Hanselmann never had stepped on a wrestling mat before his freshman year.
OREGON – Harvard wrestling’s Anthony Luis looked right at home on the award stand at the Class 1A Oregon Sectional.
ANTIOCH – Last season, a packed lineup forced Crystal Lake Central’s Andrew Marsden out of regionals.
After the quarterfinals at sectional meets Friday, 26 local wrestlers are still alive in the championship bracket.
With the first round of the state wrestling series concluded, 86 local wrestlers will look to qualify for the state finals at sectional meets today and Saturday.
LAKE ZURICH – Cary-Grove battled hard against Barrington and Deerfield at the Class 3A Lake Zurich Wrestling Regional on Saturday but in the end settled for a third-place team finish.
HUNTLEY – Jacobs junior Austin Ryan's strategy was pretty simple – grab the early lead on Harlem's Adam Zacharuk and hold on from there.
FOX LAKE – McHenry wrestler Brad Ostdick set out to do something this season he has never done before: record 30 wins.
HAMPSHIRE – Crystal Lake Central wrestlers won five individual titles Saturday to capture the team championship at the Class 2A Hampshire Regional.
HARVARD – Harvard's Chance Shelton experienced a new feeling this week.
Athlete of the Week LOGAN HANSELMANN Cary-Grove, jr.
ALGONQUIN – After going undefeated in duals this season and winning the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title, McHenry was not going to be denied a second conference championship Saturday.
BLOOMINGTON – Crystal Lake Central finished in third place in the preliminary round of the competitive dance state finals to qualify for the finals today at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
MARENGO – Damon Cloe earned his 100th wrestling win Thursday for Marengo in the Indians’ 44-30 nonconference victory over Woodstock North.
Athlete of the Week NICK GIL Crystal Lake South, jr.
BUFFALO GROVE – Michael Hamann hit two state qualifying cuts in winning the 100-yard butterfly (52.60) and 100 backstroke (53.76) for Cary-Grove on Saturday at the Bison “Fred Palffy” Invitational.
CARPENTERSVILLE – Alissa Rosga scored eight of her 17 points in the fourth quarter for McHenry to hold off Dundee-Crown, 58-55, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division girls basketball action Friday.