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By DANIEL L. CHAMNESS
For the Paxton Record
CHAMPAIGN — On the scoreboard, the takedown slam by Gibson-City-Melvin-Sibley wrestler Josh Wallick was only worth two points.
Mentally, however, it was worth much more than that.
CHAMPAIGN — Josh Wallick won the Class 1A 285-pound championship by pinning Poplar Grove North Boone's Gus Eisele 2:53 into the title round.
He concludes his championship-winning season with an individual record of 49-0.
CHAMPAIGN — Chet McClure finished fourth among the 138-pound wrestlers in Saturday's IHSA state meet.
He pinned West Frankfort's Gavin Restivo in 5:27 in the wrestleback quarterfinals and won a 9-1 major decision over Quincy Notre Dame's Gage Stephens in the semifinals before losing via 5-3 decision to Lena-Winslow's Austin McPeek in the third-place match.
CHAMPAIGN — Josh Wallick (49-0) won a 1-0 decision over Sherrard's Ben Corlett (37-5) in the 285-pound division semifinals of the IHSA state meet.
Wrestlers from across Illinois compete in the semifinals portion of the IHSA State Wrestling Semifinals at Assembly Hall in Champaign on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
CHAMPAIGN -- Chet McClure (44-6) of the 138-pound division won a 7-0 decision over Shelbyville's Wyatt Fox (39-8) in the first round of wrestlebacks.
McClure will face West Frankfort's Gavin Restivo (39-5) in quarterfinal wrestlebacks, which begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN — Josh Wallick (48-0) of the 285-pound division won his quarterfinal match in the IHSA state meet over Plano's Junior Nunez (28-8) via 5-1 decision.
He will face Ben Corlett (37-4) in the Class 1A semifinals, which begin at 7 p.m. tonight.
CHAMPAIGN — After pinning Aurora Central Catholic's Eddie Gonzalez (26-10) 1:40 into Thursday's preliminary round, Josh Wallick (47-0) advanced to the quarterfinals of the 285-pound state meet.
He will face Junior Nunez (29-7) of Plano.
Cameron Schwing (41-4) pinned Wilmington's Colin Weis (31-18) in 3:28. He will face Brandon Briggs (35-0) in the quarterfinals.
Coal City's Casey Brown (43-3) pinned Dylan Donner (37-13) in 5:55.
STANFORD – For four members of the GCMS/Fisher wrestling team, last weekend’s Stanford Olympia Sectional was déjà vu all over again.
Chet McClure, Josh Wallick, Cameron Schwing and Dylan Donner were the only GCMS/F state qualifiers last year. This year, the foursome will make a repeat appearance.