February 20, 2017

Seven sweet photos from state wrestling

This past weekend we covered over 170 wrestlers competing at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals for our newspaper partners around the state. See more than 300 additional photos from the weekend in our galleries from our coverage of the toughest athletes in high school sports from all three days at this year's state tournament in our photo archives here: 2017 State Wrestling Galleries. Here's a look six sweet photos from our collection that we know wrestlers love to see.

Lockport Township's Trevell Timmons celebrates his victory
Lockport Township's Trevell Timmons celebrates his victory over Marmion Academy's Nate Jimenez after their 160-pound Class 3A championship match at the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Finals on Saturday. The Porters' senior won the bout, 5-3. Click here to see our photo collection of Timmons.

Providence Catholic's Cole Smith throws Marmion Academy's Brad Gross
Providence Catholic's Cole Smith throws Marmion Academy's Brad Gross during their 152-pound Class 3A championship semifinal match. Gross lost the bout 14-1, but went on to finish third after beating Huntley freshman David Ferrante by sudden victory, 4-2.

Downers Grove South's Sergio Villalobos
Downers Grove South's Sergio Villalobos celebrates his victory over New Trier's Jake Lowell after their third-place match. Villalobos won the bout, 4-1.

St. Charles East's Justin Benjamin
St. Charles East's Justin Benjamin tires to fend off an attack by Huntley's Josh Stenger during their 120-pound Class 3A preliminary match. Benjamin won the bout, 5-3.

Quincy's Tyree Williams celebrates
Quincy's Tyree Williams celebrates his first round sudden victory over Evanston's Ramin Abraham after their 220-pound Class 3A preliminary match. Willams advanced to the next round after his 3-1 clutch win.

Fabian Lopez tries to escape
DeKalb's Fabian Lopez tries to escape out of a hold by West Aurora's Isaac Jacquez during their 120-pound Class 3A championship quarterfinal match. Lopez rolled to a 10-1 major decision on his way to a second place finish at this year's state tournament.

Mercer County's Justin Carey and Illiana Christian's Isaac Lyzenga
Mercer County's Justin Carey and Illiana Christian's Isaac Lyzenga give their all to put the other on the mat during their 182-pound Class 1A championship quarterfinal match . Up in points in the second period, Carey suffered an injury that contributed to his unlikely defeat against Lyzenga on Friday.


February 13, 2017

It's on! Wrestling week 2017

Later this week 28 wrestlers in each of three divisions will leave it all on the mat in search of a coveted state wrestling title at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus. More than 600 wrestlers will shoot, twist, reverse and takedown opponents in hopes of securing one of the two championship match spots. The excitement, anticipation and all the nervous energy makes "Wrestling Week" one of, if not the most memorable week in a high school wrestler's career.

To keep that competitive fire burning, below are six pictures from the more than 900 images shot during the preliminary round for our news media partners during the 2015 installment of the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. Be sure follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@photonewswire) this week for more action from our vast image archives as well as coverage starting Thursday evening from this year's title chase for 42 future state champions.


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Downers Grove North senior EJ Phillips (14-5) goes head-to-head with Hersey's Tyler Cooke (35-8) during their Class 3A first round match in the 285-pound division back in 2015. Their heavyweight match at the IHSA state wrestling tournament was decided by sudden victory witth Cooke prevail in an epic 6-4 finish. (PhotoNews File Photo)


Hononegah's Blake Zalapi adjusts his goggles - the coolest ones we saw on the mat this season ...okay may be ever in the sport - during his 220-pound preliminary bout in the IHSA Class 3A bracket on Thursday. Zalapi, a sophomore with an impressive 38-9 record, scored a 11-3 major decision over Rock Island junior Daveonta Jackson. (PhotoNews File Photo)


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Plainfield South's Eric Johnson looks for a shot in on Prospect's James Ford during their first round match at the 2015 IHSA state wrestling tournament on Thursday. Johnson, a junior with an impressive resume of 43 wins and 3 losses, pinned Ford in the second period at 4:22. He would go to win his next two bouts before falling in the title match to Hinsdale South's Joshua King to finish as the 220-pound runner-up. (PhotoNews File Photo)


Harper High School senior Taylor Shaw struggles to escape a pin by Erie-Prophetstown's Jared Cole during their 145-pound first round match at state wrestling in 2015. It took Cole, who eventually medaled at 5th place, just 2:56 to tech fall Shaw in their Class 1A meeting. (PhotoNews File Photo)


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Herscher wrestler Luke Morales shoots in for a single-leg takedown on Wilmington's Austin Headrick during their Class 1A 138-pound first round match at the 2015 IHSA state wrestling meet. Headrick advanced to the next round after 5-1 decision over Morales and later fought back in the back bracket to finish in 5th place. (PhotoNews File Photo)


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Hononegah's Fernie Silva dumps Moline's Daniel Terronez to the mat during their Class 3A 145-pound match at the 2015 IHSA state wrestling tournament. Silva, with a deceptive record of 18-2, advanced after a 15-4 major decision over the Maroons' Terronez on Thursday. (PhotoNews File Photo)


Looking for pictures of a specific athlete or from a particular meet for your scrapbook, family album or to display in your home or office? We would be happy to search our image archive which goes back as far as 2002. Go here to request an archive search to see what photos we have in our collection available for personal and editorial use: Archive Search Request. Use the search request to see additional photos from each of the matches highlighted above if you can't find the images you are looking for in our online archive here.

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February 12, 2017

Ten crucial, must see photos from state wrestling

This Thursday will be the 80th installment of the Illinois High School Association's individual state wrestling championship and ninth year the have sponsored the season finale as a three-class event. More than 600 competitors, fans and spectators will fill the seats at the State Farm Center for the three-day event.

To celebrate the IHSA's milestone as well as the hard work and dedication of athletes from around the state who rose to be some of the top competitors in their sport, PhotoNews Media is adding dozens of photos from our past coverage of the annual state tournament. Below are ten totally lit action photos from our collection of more than 3,000 images shot at the 2012 championships shared on Instagram this morning.


Rock Island's Lucas Rusk drives the face of Lemont's Mark Kirkman into the mat during their 160-pound match in the Class 2A division prelims at the 2012 IHSA state wrestling meet. In an exciting finish Kirkman eventually prevailed via a 10-6 victory over Rusk. Kirkman, a senior, went on to finish 4th place overrall on Saturday. (PhotoNews File Photo)\



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Mercer County wrestler Zach Nelson positions himself for a single leg takedown on Monmouth-Roseville's Gage Hedges during their first round 152-pound bout at the IHSA state wresting meet in 2012. Nelson, who toyed with Hedges on his way to a 16-3 major decision, went on to finish the individual season finale in second place and an impressive 42-1 junior year record. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Erie's Dlan Deshane pounds his fist into the mat after his match against Joliet Catholic Academy's Nick Collofello (not pictured). Deshane suffered a 3-1 loss in overtime to end his bid for a 2012 state title. The loss help drive the senior through the wrestleback bracket to 4th place finish. Collofello, also a senoior, went on finish in sixth-place. (PhotoNews File Photo)



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Mattoon's Ryan Paige (34-7) tries to keep from being throw for a takedown during his 220-pound Class 2A first round match against Bowen's Dequence Goodman (34-1). Working his way back to the top, Goodman went on to finish with the weight class' bronze medal after a successful campaign through the back half of the bracket at the IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals in 2012. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Lockport 113-pounder Austin Strzelcyk tries to escape from Sandburg senior Jim Panozzo during their preliminary match at the 2012 IHSA Individual State Wrestling Finals on Thursday. After defeating Panozzo in a 4-3 decison, Strzelcyk went on to finish in fifth place in his sophomore year state appearance. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Quincy Notre Dame junior Gage Stephens reacts after his disappointing first round loss to Carterville's Gabe Bartok (not pictured). Pinned at 3:53, Stephens was eliminated from the 138-pound bracket and the 2012 IHSA Individual Wrestling State Finals. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Bloomington's Stephon Rudicil tries to pin Fenger wrestler Darrius Flowers during their 182-pound prelim match at the 2012 IHSA state wrestling meet on Thursday. Rudicil, who went on to win the silver medal in the Class 2A division weight class, held on to stick Flowers at 2:25. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Geneseo's Oliver Newton dumps Highland wrestler Dustin Rosborough to the mat during their 2012 IHSA state meet preliminary match on Thursday. Newton went on to secure a pin for the win on Rosborough at 1:47 and advance to the next round. The senior went on to finish his final prep IHSA state tournament in 5th place a few days later on Saturday. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Seneca wrestler Alex Valentine reacts while onsite medical staff evaluates an injury to his shoulder during his preliminary match against Camp Point Central's Jonah Coggeshall (not pictured). Valentine, who went on to finish in 5th place overall in the 145-pound division, won the bout after Coggershall was disqualified in the match. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Coal City freshman Cody Minnick tries to escape a hold by Erie's Brandon McCullough during their Class 1A 106-pound match Thursday afternoon. Minnick, who went on to place fifth overall, went on to defeat McCullough by major decision, 9-1. (PhotoNews File Photo)



Looking for pictures of a specific athlete or from a particular meet for your scrapbook, family album or to display in your home or office? We would be happy to search our image archive which goes back as far as 2002. Go here to request an archive search to see what photos we have in our collection available for personal and editorial use: Archive Search Request. Use the search request to see additional photos from each of the matches highlighted above if you can't find the images you are looking for in our online archive here.

February 11, 2017

11 football galleries from 2012 are back

The PhotoNews football collection grew by several hundred photos today after the 2012 collection that was displayed on our old site just went live this morning. During that season we covered games with St. Thomas More, Unity, SJO, Carterville, Momence, Crete-Monee and several other teams we covered that season. Got a minute or two? Grab a soda and check out the hundreds of photos in 11 galleries here: PhotoNews 2012 Football Collection.

The photos in the collection is just the tip of the iceberg of the more 6,000 high school football photos we shot that season. If you are looking for a player or game from that year and don't see in the published collection, request an Archive Search. Below you'll find some of our more memorable photos from the season.

Logan Sehie and Tyler Crowl

November 17, 2012 - Tolono, IL - Logan Sehie and Tyler Crowl point toward Memorial Stadium where the Unity Rockets will be playing for the Class 3A title. The Rockets defeated the Comets 56-21 to advance to the championship game on November 23. See more photos from the game here in the Unity vs Greenville football galley.

SJO's Louis Acklin

August 31, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - Spartans' Louis Acklin celebrates a touchdown in the end zone with teammates. St. Joseph-Ogden High School defeated visiting Carterville 50-14 to go up 2-0 for the season. In two games, the Spartans have outscored opponents 117-42. Check out the rest of the photos here from SJO's home game against the Lions.

St. Thomas More's Chris Bequette

October 19, 2012 - Champaign, IL - St. Thomas More's Chris Bequette and teammates wrap up a Rantoul ball carrier. STM went on to win the non-conference game picking up their 5th win of the season with a 48-6 victory. There are 100 more photos from the Senior Night game in our collection. Follow this link to see more . . .


August 24, 2012 - Tolono, IL - Lights from the press box and a few security lights were all the illuminated the Hicks Field late in the second quarter. A transformer circuit failed knocking out power to the field lights. An hour later the game resumed and Unity went on to win 59-6 over the visiting Meridian Hawks. You will want to see all the photos from this game in our collection here...

Spartans' Dalton Walsh

September 28, 2012 - St. Joseph, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Dalton Walsh unloads a second half pass against the Sabers of St. Thomas More. The Spartans, who went on to a perfect finish in conference play, narrowly escaped a loss to the Sabers with 27-20 victory in their regular season game on Friday night. Click here for more photos of Walsh and the 2012 Spartans.

Micah Johnson, Mitch Negangard and Gage Bolt

November 23, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Unity's Micah Johnson, Mitch Negangard and Gage Bolt hoist their team's runner-up trophy after the Class 3A title game. The Rockets fell 42-12 to Aurora Christian to earn the Unity football program's fourth runner-up trophy. Some of the photos from the game are here. Fill out an Archive Search Request (link on the left side of this page) to find the player(s) you want to see more photos of today.

Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan waits for the snap

November 24, 2012 - Champaign, IL - Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan waits for the snap during second half action against Cary-Grove in their Illinois High School Association Class 6A state title game. Morgan, playing at inside linebacker, finished the title game with eight solo tackles, four assists and a pair of forced fumbles. The Warriors went on to win the 2012 championship with a 33-26 victory over Trojans. More photos of Morgan are here . . .



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February 10, 2017

Flashback Friday: Unity vs Pana

Last week we shared 15 photos on Instagram from the 2012 Unity football playoff game against Pana. To celebrate this week's #flashbackfriday hashtag, here's a look at our five of our favorite photos that were never published previously from that game.

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Unity quarterback Justin Deters finds running room through the porous Pana defense during their first round playoff game on October 27, 2012. Deters and the Rockets pounded the Panthers out of the playoffs with 46-8 victory on a beautiful fall afternoon in Tolono. View more than 600 additional Unity football photos here. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


With Unity's Kameron Heath on his heels, Pana running back Ian Kirk turns up field on a running play. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


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Loyal Pana student fans watch their team play against Unity in their first round playoff game on October 27, 2012. The Panthers were no match for the Rockets in their 46-8 season-ending loss on Saturday.


Unity's Mitch Negangard celebrates another touchdown in the second half to help the Rockets to a 46-8 first round playoff victory over Pana. (Photo: PhotoNews/Clark Brooks)


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Pana receiver Dexter Holley tries to haul in a pass during his team's road IHSA playoff game against Unity. Holley couldn't hold on to the ball to make the play as the Panthers were eliminated from the postseason by way of decisive 46-8 loss to the Rockets. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


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