Written by John Kuhens on February 20, 2015

Mediapolis is leading the Class 2A division of the State Wrestling Tournament with 21 points, that’s not surprising. What is surprising is that the #2 ranked wrestler at 160 pounds for the Bulldogs Cole Erickson got pinned in the 1st round by a wrestler from Dubuque Wahlert while he was leading the match 16-3. Erickson tried for a takedown that would have given him a technical fall, but made a technical mistake and Andrew Turner put him on his back and pinned him. Erickson recovered and pinned his next opponent in the wrestle backs to remain in the hunt for at least a 3rd place finish. All 8 of the Mediapolis wrestlers that qualified for state made it through the 1st day, and now prepare for the quarter and semi finals today.

Avery Loyd of New London won his class 1A heavyweight 1st round match by pin and will wrestle in the quarterfinals today against a wrestler from St. Ansgar.

Class 3A saw Ft. Madison and Keokuk had all their wrestlers advance. Ft. Madison has 3 in the championship round a 2 in the consolation, Keokuk has all 3 of the wrestlers on the championship side. Burlington has 1 wrestler on the championship side and 1 in the consolations, Spencer Sherwood has been eliminated. 3A and 2A quarterfinals will be wrestled this morning, 1A quarterfinals and 3A semi finals this afternoon. The 2A and 1A semis will be tonight.


Class 1A boys district quarterfinal tournament basketball was played last night. On KILJ you heard the double header from Winfield Mt. Union High School. #2 ranked Danville beat New London for the 3rd time this season. The Bears jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to win 83-51, Hunter Peebler and Mason Speer had double-doubles. Peebler 22 points and 10 rebounds, Speer 11 points and 10 assists. Quincy Porter led the Tigers with 15 points. The undefeated Bears will play Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at Waco High School against Van Buren who beat Cardinal of Eldon 52-36 last night, Will Mertens led the Warriors to the win on their home floor with 17 points.

Winfield Mt. Union protected their home floor last night against Pekin beating the Panthers 48-41, Zach Davis scored 14 points, Garret Baker added 12 and Sam Jennings 11. The Wolves will also play at Waco Tuesday night at 8 p.m. against Holy Trinity Catholic, the Crusaders won last at Van Buren over the WACO Warriors 68-25, this was the final game for Coach Bob Hilmer to coach for WACO, he is retiring. Hilmer has coached at Fredericksburg, Forrest City as well as WACO and is the winingest boys basketball coach in Iowa History. Bob and his wife have moved to Cedar Rapids which puts them closer to their children and grandchildren and also provides an opportunity to help out with the Troy Mills North Linn boys varsity team that is coached by his son and of which his grandson will be a member.

Class 2A action last night saw Highland beat Central Lee 54-50, West Burlington downed Notre Dame 70-65, Highland and West Burlington now play in the district championship Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant High School.


Girls Class 1A Regional semifinal basketball tonight has some good matchups. The Waco Warriors will be on the road to play English Valleys at North English. Waco is 16-7 and has won 8 of their last 9 games. English Valleys is 16-5, KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry the action beginning at 7 p.m. We will keep you posted also on the score of the Holy Trinity Catholic girls against #1 ranked and defending state champion Burlington Notre Dame on the Nikes home floor.


The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team crushed Rutgers last night in Carver Hawkeye Arena by a score of 81-47. Jarrod Uthoff led the Hawks with 14 points Aaron White had 13 points, Gabe Olaseni had 12 and Peter Jok 11.