The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Individual Wrestling State Finals make its triumphant return to television, as Comcast SportsNet Chicago will re-air every state championship match from 2014 in primetime on March 9, 10 and 11. The finals were contested on Saturday, February 22 at the State Farm Center in Champaign.
The Class 1A state championship matches will be rebroadcast on Sunday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., the Class 2A finals will air on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m., while the Class 3A state final qualifiers from all 14 weight classes get their turn at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.
The broadcasts are a joint production between the IHSA, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, PlayOn! Sports, the Illinois Matmen and Infinity Productions.
The 2014 State Finals saw several historic performances, as three wrestlers joined the list of four-time state champions. Dakota’s Josh Alber (Class 1A), Marmion’s Johnny Jimenez (Class 3A) and Glenbard North’s Jered Cortez (Class 3A) brought the all-time list of individuals to achieve this remarkable feat to 14 total in state history.
In addition, Alber was in the midst of his pursuit of becoming the first wrestler in state history to complete his high school career without a loss or tie, an accolade he would reach one week later in leading Dakota to the IHSA Class 1A Dual Team Wrestling State Title.
Fans will also get to see Highland’s Tanner Farmer (Class 2A) and Hinsdale Central’s Brian Allen (Class 3A) wrestle in the 285-pound finals in the last matches of their careers before they become a part of the University of Nebraska and Michigan State University football programs, respectively.
Upsets, repeat champions and exciting matches abound over the course of the three days, as matchups like Rockford Lutheran’s Caleb Micho and Coal City’s Corey Jurzak (Class 1A) come down to the final moments.