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The Taylorville Tornado Wrestling team placed 4th at the George Girardi U-High Invitational this past Saturday at Normal U-High. It is the highest finish ever for the Tornado Wrestling squad. 15 teams from all over central Illinois were represented including Peoria, Danville, Decatur, Rantoul, Normal and Taylorville. The Tornados finished 4th with 151 total points, behind Pontiac at 185.5, Peoria High at 165 and Peoria Notre Dame at 163.


Tornado wrestlers that placed are:

Caleb Dean – 5th place – 106 lbs.

Nick Flannell – 2nd place – 113 lbs.

Kidd Morrison – 6th place – 120 lbs.

Jake Smothers – 3rd place – 126 lbs.

Keane Rogers – 4th place – 138 lbs.

Nic Turner – 6th place – 160 lbs.

Brock Letcher – 5th place – 170 lbs.

Dalton Stokes – 3rd place – 182 lbs.

Heath Garner – 4th place – 195 lbs.

Kyle Tex – 3rd place – 220 lbs.

Blake Hooper – 4th place – Heavyweight


Sunday, the wrestling team and some of the dads attended the University of Iowa vs. Northwestern wrestling meet in Iowa City. Coach Mateer was extremely pleased with the trip. The day was hi-lighted when the entire team got to meet wrestling and coaching legend Dan Gable.

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