December 26, 2016

Ten totally awesome wrestling shots from '06

Just before Christmas photos from our prep wrestling coverage back in 2006 were ported over to their new location in the PhotoNews Stacks. While I thought we had an awesome collection of images from 2004, browsing through the 2006 archive I began to think otherwise.

Starting with Seth Milks' roaring celebration after his first IHSA state title victory. The Indians' freshman sensation would go on to win three more state titles for a perfect high school four-peat career. Then there are a couple of artsy shots without the aid of photoshop that offer up a different perspective of the winter sport. 2006 was the first year that the Illinois High School Association honored a female official, Janice Strand, with the opportunity to scrambled around the mat calling out points in the male dominated, testosterone fueled sport.

Along with a couple of great facial expressions, there's a couple of good 'ole blood and gut images from that year in the main galley with more than 400 photographs from the regular and postseason.

Surprisingly, while it seems like yesterday, it's hard to believe that a decade has past and the boys featured below are quickly approaching the age of 30. Grab a coke or a cup of coffee, have a seat and check out the photos below along with almost 1,000 other high school wrestling photos and memories from more than a decade of covering the sport in East Central Illinois.

Dakota's Seth Milks celebrates his 9-4 decision

February 18, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Dakota's Seth Milks celebrates his 9-4 decision over Tolono Unity's Dustinn Brown in the 103 pound Class A finals at the IHSA state wrestling meet finals Saturday.


Daniel Rolando wrestling Mitch Kresca in Big 12 wrestling action

January 25, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Maroons' Mitch Kresca [right] and Chargers' Daniel Rolando tangle for grip advantage at center mat. Kresca nearly missed a loss to Rolando thanks to an escape in the last 19 seconds of the match. Rolando could not get the takedown in time to increase his already record-breaking performance career pins this year. Champaign Central beat crosstown rival and host Centennial 34-23.


Tim Hill wrestles Ryan Beasley

Spartans' Tim Hill (top) leans back on the arm of Urbana's Ryan Beasley in an attempt to roll him to his back. Hill outscored Wright 8-4 in the 171 lb. class match. Hill won all three of his matches for the day as St. Joseph-Ogden swept the Urbana Quad Meet Saturday, December 6, 2003, beating Urbana 57-4, Danville 50-23, and Warrensburg-Latham 72-6.


Joe Peters wrestles Josh vonBehren at regionals

February 4, 2006 - Tolono, IL - St. Joseph-Ogden's Joe Peters [right] goes head to head with Unity's Josh vonBehren at the Tolono regional tournament Saturday. Peters finished second in the 215-pound division after beating vonBehren 7-4 and losing to Westville's Seth Moody by pin in the championship match. Moody, vonBehren and Peters all advanced to this Saturday's sectional meet at Stanford Olympia.


Clint Peak wrestles Billy Gallo

February 4, 2006 - Tolono, IL - SJO's Billy Gallo looks for an opening while wrestling against Oakwood's Clint Peak at the Tolono regional tournament Saturday. Gallo, who finished the day at 34-2 and with the 160-pound title, beat Peak by major decision 18-2. Gallo advanced to sectional competition in the upcoming weekend.


Jeremy Godina and Adam Gleixner wrestle at state

February 17, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Joliet's Jeremy Godina [left] tries to peel the hand of Schaumburg's Adam Gleixner off his neck at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament Friday. Gleixner beat Godina in a close 2-1 match in the Class AA preliminary round.


Spartans Mike Nix and Chargers' Cameron Pickett do battle on the mat

January 10, 2006 - St. Joseph, IL - In his 125lb weight class match against Spartans Mike Nix, Chargers' Cameron Pickett tries to fight off a choke. Picket lost by two points in a close match with Nix. The St. Joseph-Ogden wrestling team beat visiting Champaign Centennial 42-23 to remain undefeated. It was the Chargers first loss of the season.


February 25, 2006 - DeKalb, IL - Referee Janice Strand, of Oak Forrest, looks for a pin at the IHSA State Team Dual Wrestling tournament Saturday. Strand became the first female referee to officiate at a boys' state wrestling tournament.


SJO's Mark Gones wind regional title

February 4, 2006 - Tolono, IL - With bloody flowing down his face, St. Joseph-Ogden wrestler Mark Gones has his arm raised by the referee after winning first place at the Tolono regional tournament Saturday. Gones, who has only suffered two losses this season, easily defeated Shelbyville's Luke Dunaway by technical fall 24-9 to win this year's 152-pound regional title. It was the junior's 35th win of the season.


Rockford Lutheran's Steve Andrukaitis

February 17, 2006 - Champaign, IL - Rockford Lutheran's Steve Andrukaitis takes down Reed-Custer's Bryan Lenig at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament Friday. Andrukaitis beat Lenig 17-7 on his way to a fourth-place state finish.


This is just a small sample of more than 400 awesome memories in our photo archive. Check out the entire collection in the 2006 Wrestling Gallery.

Looking for pictures of a specific athlete or from a particular meet in 2006? We would be happy to search our image archive which goes back as far as 2001. 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.

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