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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