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.


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.


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.


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.


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.