Wilkinson, Wall win top wrestling awards

Seniors Parker Wilkinson and Cody Wall won the two highest awards at the Mt. Carmel wrestling awards banquet held Sunday at the MCHS cafeteria.

Wilkinson won the John Gates Award, named after the legendary coach and Athletic Director who brought wrestling to the Hilltop in 1971.

Wall hopes to get back in state wrestling tourney

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Mt. Carmel senior Cody Wall will be a very interested spectator early Friday at the IHSA Class 1A state wrestling tournament at State Farm Arena here.

If Wall sees what he hopes for, he will get to wrestle again. Otherwise his season, and prep career, is over.

Wall lost to Kevin McNally of Grant Park, 8-2, in a preliminary round match at 182 pounds Thursday afternoon.

Wall, now 38-5 on the year, is hopeful that McNally can win his next match. If he does, Wall reenters the tournament in the wrestlebacks.

However, a McNally victory is anything but certain. He faces No. 2 seed Sean Ward of Winnebago, who pinned first-round opponent Larryn Kukla of Petersburg PORTA in 1:42.

Mt. Carmel had two other wrestlers qualify for the state meet, Andrew Wise and Aaron Wood, both as alternates. Neither received a callup, however, and will not see action on the mat this weekend.

In matches involving area wrestlers, Zach Shoulders of Olney lost his first match at 220 pounds. He fell to Jermaine Johnson of Chicago Bowen, 4-3.

Trevor Richards of Lawrenceville was pinned in 3:04 by Ben Corlett of Sherrard in a 285-pound preliminary.

Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday and continues Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Wrestling Aces send 5 to sectionals

VANDALIA, Ill. — Mt. Carmel finished fourth as a team Saturday at the IHSA Class 1A regional wrestling meet, and advanced five matmen into this weekend’s sectional meet.

The Aces claimed three individual champions: Aaron Wood (106 pounds), Cody Wall (182) and Andrew Wise (220 pounds).

Beau Taylor qualified for the sectional with his second-place finish at 152 pounds and Brandon Stringfellow advanced at 145 pounds with a third-place finish.

Aces matmen split in home opener

Mt. Carmel wrestling coach Michael Cheesman said his is a “sport of matchups.”

Against North Knox, the first opponent in a double-dual at the home-opener Wednesday at the Hilltop, the matchups worked in the Aces favor as they won, 39-38.

“We got a couple of forfeits where we needed them. We matched up well and got the win,” Cheesman said. “That was a good one for us.”

Against Olney in the final match of the night, things were different, as the Tigers got the matchups they wanted in a 42-37 victory.

Aces win mat opener

Mt. Carmel scored more points in forfeits than on the mat Wednesday night in the season-opening wrestling match against Wood Memorial.

The Aces received five forfeit wins to account for 30 of the points in a 48-30 dual-meet win at the Hilltop. Aaron Wood (113 pounds), Kane Garcia (182), Cody Wall (195), Andrew Wise (220) and Chase Linson (heavyweight) all received forfeit wins.

Aces matmen show more balance

The Mt. Carmel wrestling team which hits the mat for the first time Wednesday at the Hilltop will be more balanced than in years past.

“In the past we’ve been young. Now, we’re starting to get a bit older,” said coach Michael Cheesman, who sends his sixth team out for the first time against Wood Memorial. “It’s good to have that kind of experience and to have that balance.”

Pat Cheesman headed for Hall of Fame

Already with a spotless record of achievement and service in education, there is nothing that tops the life story of Mt. Carmel High School Principal Pat Cheesman more than his love for the sport of wrestling.

It is a passion so strong that two sons are carrying the torch forward, and is a passion that culminates on Saturday with his induction into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame in the western suburb of Countryside. He will be the first from Mt. Carmel to be so enshrined.

Aces wrestling team holds awards banquet

Michael Cheesman had his family together for dinner on Sunday night. That’s what the Golden Aces wrestling coach calls his team, “one big family.” It’s “what I strive for,” Cheesman said. They were all together at the MCHS cafeteria on Sunday for a season-ending banquet and awards program.

Wampler finishes 1-2 at state

CHAMPAIGN — Sam Wampler finished with a record of 1-2 at the IHSA Class 1A state wrestling tournament held at Assembly Hall.

Aces lose first dual meet of season

OLNEY —- Olney edged past Mt. Carmel, 42-41, in a dual wrestling meet on Wednesday. The loss was the first in a dual meet this season for the Aces, now 4-1.


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