GCMS/Fisher wrestling takes close second in Heyworth Regional; nine Falcons advance to sectionals

HEYWORTH -- Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher missed out on a Class 1A Heyworth Regional title by 121/2 points, finishing second behind titles from Preston Braaten (145 pounds) and Key-Shawn Girkin (152).

Three PBL wrestlers qualify for sectionals out of Bismarck-Henning Regional; Keyn Humes wins program's first-ever regional championship

BISMARCK – As Paxton-Buckley-Loda head wrestling coach Erik Ronney put it, the 2015-16 season has been “a year of firsts.”

The Panthers entered Saturday’s IHSA Class 1A Bismarck-Henning Regional coming off a regular season in which they compiled a 10-8 dual-meet record, the program’s first-ever winning season since the Paxton and Buckley-Loda consolidation.

PBL wrestling at Bismarck-Henning Regional

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's IHSA Class 1A regional meet ...

PBL wrestling stat leaders (Feb. 3, 2016)


Keyn Humes                      21

Jacob Messer                     19

Seven PBL wrestlers win medals at Quincy Notre Dame Tournament as Panthers finish 11th as a team

QUINCY – Seven Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School wrestlers left Saturday’s Quincy Notre Dame Tournament with a medal.

In the 106-pound bracket, Jacob Messer finished with a fourth-place medal.

He won via 6-2 decision over Zach Hulvey of Springfield Lanphier. In the semifinals, Messer was pinned by eventual bracket champion Evan Myers of Camp Point Central in 1:57.

GCMS/Fisher wrestling goes undefeated in HOIC Duals

GIBSON CITY – The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher High School wrestling team is heading into the IHSA Class 1A Heyworth Regional on a hot streak.

The Falcons won all five of their matches in Saturday’s Heart of Illinois Conference Duals Tournament. With the five wins, GCMS/Fisher improved its dual-meet record to 21-3.

GCMS/Fisher wrestling at HOIC Duals

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's dual meet in Gibson City ...

GCMS/Fisher wrestling goes 2-0 in triangular meet; PBL defeats Rantoul 48-24

GIBSON CITY – Two Ford County-area high school wrestling teams competed in a triangular dual meet on Thursday.

PBL-GCMS/Fisher wrestling

Here are some of the highlights from Thursday's triangular meet between PBL, GCMS/Fisher and Rantoul ...

PBL wrestling defeats Grant Park to claim second place in TVC

PAXTON – The 2015-16 Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School wrestling team’s season can be called a turnaround.

Tuesday’s dual meet between Twin Valley Conference PBL and Grant Park was to determine who would get second place in the five-team conference as each team entered with a 2-1 TVC record. Clifton Central clinched the title the previous Saturday with a 4-0 record.

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