Youth wrestlers finish season at State
Jacob Dixon capped off a great season by placing at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF) State Championships in Rockford on March 8-9. Jacob competed against 24 of the state’s top wrestlers in the 130 pound Senior Division weight class this weekend and earned his first state tournament win with an 8-0 decision against Andrew Matticks from the Little Huskies Wrestling Club in Chicago. Dixon followed up that win with an 11-6 victory against Tristen Aguilar from Sauk Valley Wrestling and then lost by pin to eventual fourth place finisher Anthony Silva of Hononegah Wrestling Club.
Following Dixon’s loss, he dropped into the consolation bracket and needed a win to be able to advance to the medal rounds. In his next match, he won in dramatic fashion by pinning Xavian Girona of the Lakeland Predators. Although Dixon dropped his next two matches to Patrick Larkin, Redhawk Wrestling, 7-5 in overtime and Kevin Reddish, Charleston Wrestling Club, 11-4, he finished in eighth place to become the Carlinville Wrestling Club’s first wrestler to medal in the IKWF State Championships in more then 7 years. Dixon’s eighth place finish completes a great career with the Carlinville Wrestling Club. In his five years with the club, he had a winning season each year and finished with a career record of 143-52.
In addition to Jacob Dixon, Tucker Hughes and Kyle Dixon competed in the 95 pound and 89 pound Novice Division weight classes respectively. Hughes lost his first match in a tough 1-0 loss to Brian Kristin of the Tinley Park Bulldogs and Kyle Dixon lost by pin to Austin Nagel of the Vittum Cats. Both were eliminated from the tournament by virtue of their losses, but their second consecutive state appearance completed a successful season for both. Hughes finished with a season record of 26-14 and Kyle Dixon finished 41-6.