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BY JIM COTTER
IHSA CLASS 1A WRESTLING - GCMS/F's JOSH WALLICK DEFENDS HIS HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN, CHAMP AGAIN! – by Tom Benefiel (2-22-14)
The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher cooperative wrestling program has produced another state champion from Fisher. Senior Josh Wallick wins his second heavyweight title at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A individual wrestling meet in Urbana at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall on Saturday, February 22nd.
Wallick (42-1) defeated Aurora Central Catholic's Eduardo Gonzalez (31-6) with a pin 50-seconds into the contest to win the championship match.
On Thursday, Wallick defeated Trevor Marevka of Peotone with a pin after 55 seconds in the first period in the preliminary round. Friday found Wallick beating Belleville Altoff Catholic's Rodney Baker in the semi-finals with a pin 43 seconds into the first period.
Wallick earned revenge on his only loss in two years by beating Plano's Junior Nunez with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in his semi-final match on Friday.
Wallick finishes his wrestling career for the Falcons with an astounding 92-1 record his junior and senior years. Congratulations to the entire GCMS/F wrestling program on yet another great season!
RIDGEVIEW BLASTS BLUE RIDGE ON SENIOR NIGHT IN COLFAX – by Tom Benefiel (2-22-14)
The Ridgeview Mustangs outscore the Blue Ridge Knights, 49-17 in the second half and cruise to victory in the regular season finale, 80-39.
Leading the way for Ridgeview (23-4) was William Tinsley who had eight three-pointers for 24 points, while brothers Tyler and Trey McCormick scored 10 and nine points each. The Mustangs only had six turnovers and were nine of 17 from the foul line.
Blue Ridge (19-9) was led in scoring by Michael Plunk with 10 points, while Lindi Ballhazi added nine. The Knights were six of 10 on free-throws but had 23 turnovers for the contest.
In the earlier game, it was the sophomore Mustangs over the Knights, 63-33.
Blue Ridge will host the IHSA Class 1A regional in Farmer City starting on Monday. WGCY will carry the Blue Ridge v. Lexington game at 6 P-M on Tuesday, February 25th and the Ridgeview game at 6 P-M on Wednesday, February 26th.
SENIOR NIGHT IN GIBSON CITY GOES THE FALCONS' WAY – by Tom Benefiel (2-21-14)
GCMS defeats fellow HOIC member Lexington, 46-33 on Senior Night for the Falcons.
Wiley Hasty had 13 points for the Falcons (14-13), while Ross Royal added eight. GCMS shot 28 free-throws, making 16.
Lexington's Logan Kolat scored nine points, while both Ted Lingle and Tyler Mower scored six. The Minutemen were eight of 18 on foul shots.
In the earlier game, the young Falcons defeated Lexington handily, 48-25.
Next for the Falcons is an IHSA Class 2A Regional opening round game at Watseka against the host-Warriors. WGCY will carry the game on Monday, February 24th at 7 P-M