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The following are winter sports awards presented to Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School student-athletes during Tuesday's ceremonies:
Most valuable player — Drew Schrodt
Hustle award — Corbin Riecks
Most improved — Parker Young
Free-throw award — Jay Eshleman
Twin Valley Conference deal to go into effect next year
PAXTON -- River Valley Conference and Sangamon Valley Conference schools are joining forces starting in the 2014-15 school year to create the Twin Valley Conference in an effort to boost participation and competition in cross country, golf, boys soccer and wrestling.
Ninety-four wins in two years makes for an impressive resume for any high school wrestler.
While compiling that resume, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher 285-pound grappler Josh Wallick did something no other wrestler in the history of Gibson City wrestling ever did — win back-to-back IHSA Class 1A state championships.
MATTOON — Three Paxton Youth Wrestling club members — Keyn Humes, Chase Moore and Sam Livingston — qualified for this week’s Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state meet.
Humes won his sectional in the 84-pound Novice (age 11-12) Division at last weekend’s Mattoon Sectional. He defeated Nathaniel Dunden of the Tiger Wrestling Club in Urbana via 5-2 decision in the championship round.
Tri-Point boys lose heartbreaker in regional semifinals
FISHER — Tri-Point was only a few seconds away from advancing to the championship game of the IHSA Class 1A Fisher Regional.
GIBSON CITY – A trip to the IHSA Class 1A state duals was just not in the cards this year for the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team.
The Falcons lost in the Gibson City Sectional 41-25 to Petersburg PORTA to end its season one dual-team victory away from state for the second consecutive year.
CHAMPAIGN — He did not end the match with a thunderous exclamation as he did in 2013.
But, as in 2013, no competitor at the IHSA Class 1A level in the 285-pound division belonged on the same wrestling mat as Josh Wallick. He was simply the best.
Josh Wallick of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling won his second consecutive state championship in the 285-pound division while Hunter Lowry and Cameron Schwing lost in wrestlebacks. Here are some of the highlights...
CHAMPAIGN — Won. And done.
Retirement from wrestling won’t be immediate, however, for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher’s Josh Wallick. The Class 1A 285-pounder became his school’s first two-time state champion Saturday at State Farm Center in the one sport he won’t pursue in college at St. Xavier.
CHAMPAIGN -- At 120 pounds, Cameron Schwing lost in the wrestleback quarterfinals to Cory Wilson of Chicago Bowen via 4-2 decision.
With the loss, Schwing is 34-9.