Category: Wrestling

19 things to celebrate from 2019: No 3 – Guttridge brings back title

East’s Aydin Guttridge became just the fifth wrestler in Rockford Public Schools history – and first in 20 years – to win an IHSA wrestling title. The 285-pounder beat Justin Hall of St. Charles, 3-1, to win the IHSA 3A championship. The title didn’t come easy. Guttridge entered the tournament 35-2 and the top seed. […]

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E-Rabs win two titles in Giardini Invitational

ROCKFORD – Two East E-Rabs won titles Saturday in the 17-team Giardini Invitational at East. Jack Seacrist improved to 7-0 on the season at 138 pounds. Seacrist beat Keegan Davis of Rochelle in the first round and pinned Mikael Dukes of Rolling Meadows in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Seacrist pinned Davion Harris of Thornton […]

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East grad takes second in national wrestling tournament

FARGO, N.D. – East High School graduate Aydin Guttridge finished in second place at 285 pounds at this week’s USMC Nationals Junior Men’s Freestyle championships. Guttridge, who won the 285-pound IHSA Class 2A title this past school year, lost to the IHSA 2A champion Luke Luffman, 4-1, in the title match. For Luffman, it was […]

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Flinn wrestling coach talks about courage of Mason Crowe

Injuries are scary – and in some cases are enough to deter young athletes. In this 205 VIBE blog post, the wrestling coach at Flinn Middle School salutes the courage of Mason Crowe.

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Two Flinn wrestlers shine at IKWF tourney

ROCKFORD – Flinn eighth-grader Jack Seacrist won his second straight Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation state title Saturday and seventh-grader Lee Smith worked his way to a second-place finish. The massive tournament draws wrestlers from across the state in 17 weight classes in two divisions. Seacrist, who won the IKWF 115-pound novice title in 2018, won […]

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Auburn, East wrestlers take seconds in frosh-soph/girls state tourney

SPRINGFIELD – Zander Guttridge of East and Kelsey Powell of Auburn both are bringing home second-place medals this weekend from the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. Guttridge took second place at 182 pounds in the IWCOA Frosh-Soph state championships. The tournament is for wrestlers who did not qualify for the IHSA state tournament. Guttridge […]

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RPS wrestlers record two wins at IESA state tournament

DEKALB – Qasem Ali of Lincoln Middle School and Mason Crowe of Flinn both picked up wins at the IESA state wrestling tournament. Ali qualified for state at 119 pounds and he pinned Tommy Spiegelman of Arlington Heights Thomas in his first match at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center. Ali, though, was pinned in […]

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Two RPS wrestlers qualify for IESA state tournament

DEKALB – Wrestlers from Flinn and Lincoln middle schools will have shots at IESA state championships. Qasem Ali, an eighth-grader at Lincoln, won the IESA Class AA DeKalb Sectional at 119 pounds, beating Salvadore Esquivel of Harvard Junior High. Mason Crowe, a Flinn eighth-grader, also advanced to state by taking second in the 155-pound division. […]

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RPS 205 wrestlers win three IESA regional titles

ROCKFORD – Two wrestlers from Lincoln and one from Flinn won IESA regional wrestling championships Monday night at Flinn. Tomas Juan-Diego, a Lincoln eighth-grader topped Catalina Olvera, a Flinn sixth-grader, for the 112-pound title. Qasem Ali, also a Lincoln eighth-grader, beat Salvadore Esquivel of Harvard for the 119-pound title. Mason Crowe, an eighth-grader at Flinn, […]

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Another weekend of smashed milestones for District 205 students

In case you missed it, this past weekend featured a plethora of students reaching major accomplishments. Here’s a rundown of all the great things from Friday and Saturday. Guilford’s boys basketball team clinched its first winning season since 2006-2007 by knocking Harlem out of second place in the NIC-10 race. Guilford senior Treighton Hoang qualified […]

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