West Hancock's Hammel rebounds to finish third in state
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West Hancock's Hammel rebounds to finish third in state

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brett Hammel wasn't put off by falling one match short of wrestling for a state title. Instead, it lit a fire in the West Hancock junior wrestler. Hammel pinned Mercer County's Stone Engle in 1 minute, 52 seconds to capture third place a

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One move keeps QND's Haley from winning state title
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One move keeps QND's Haley from winning state title

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- After missing his sophomore season due to injury, Quincy Notre Dame junior wrestler Zach Haley had no way to gauge where this season might end. Now he knows what is possible, and nothing less than a state championship will satisfy him.

Haley, Williams, Hammel all win first-round matches
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Haley, Williams, Hammel all win first-round matches

Three local wrestlers won their first-round matches in the Illinois High School Association state wrestling tournament at the State Farm Center on Thursday.

Haley becomes second QND wrestler to grapple for state title
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Haley becomes second QND wrestler to grapple for state title

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Zach Haley made history Friday night. He'll have the chance to make even more Saturday night. Haley, the Quincy Notre Dame junior, became just the second wrestler in program history to earn a spot in a state championship match...

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Pirates' Jones battles to pair of state tourney victories

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Andrew Jones won a pair of matches in the wrestlebacks Friday to move within one victory of earning a state medal, but Hannibal's 160-pound junior ended up just short of the goal. Jones was pinned...

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All eight Pirates fall in opening matches

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- All eight Hannibal wrestlers lost their first-round matches in the Class 3 state tournament at Mizzou Arena on Thursday night. At 120 pounds, Gavin Scott lost a 14-1 major decision to Marshall's Dalton Landreth. Scott (31-1) will wrestle J

Hammel feels no pressure heading to state with perfect record
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Hammel feels no pressure heading to state with perfect record

WARSAW, Ill. -- Brett Hammel doesn't feel the pressure of being undefeated entering the state wrestling tournament. The West Hancock 126-pound junior wrestler views the Class 1A state tournament as the start of a new season.

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West Hancock's Hammel wins sectional title, stays undefeated

CLINTON, Ill. -- West Hancock wrestler Brett Hammel has been perfect all season. Now, he's taking an undefeated record to the Class 1A state tournament. Hammel (30-0) captured the 126-pound title in Saturday's Class 1A Clinton Sectional, beating Fithian Oa

Quincy's Williams heading to state
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Quincy's Williams heading to state

Quincy High School senior wrestler Tyree Williams didn't let an early loss shake him. After losing his quarterfinal match -- Williams' first match of the Class 3A Normal Sectional -- the 220-pound wrestler worked his way to a third-place finish in the Class 3A Normal Sectional, grabbing a spot in the state tournament next week in Champaign. Williams won the third-place match with a 3-0 decision over O'Fallon's Brian Ahle. Williams (47-6) won four straight bouts to reach state.

Haley overcomes early mistake, captures sectional crown
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Haley overcomes early mistake, captures sectional crown

CLINTON, Ill. -- Getting taken down early was all the motivation Zach Haley needed. The Quincy Notre Dame junior wrestler was put on the mat by Clinton's Christian Reynolds in the first period Saturday in his 138-pound semifinal match of the Class 1A Clint