Quality teams are all over the two Class 4A sectional groupings that include the grand majority of the Herald-News coverage area, which will likely lead to some wild postseason battles that could come as early as the first round.
After building a large lead, Bolingbrook hung on for dear life on Tuesday and eventually closed out a 65-63 win over the state's top ranked Class 4A team, Homewood-Flossmoor.
The fields are set for both the boys and girls wrestling IHSA individual state championships, and as always, the Herald-News coverage area is well-represented. Here are the area’s state qualifiers.
Lincoln-Way Central fought hard in Friday night's matchup with Bradley-Bourbonnais, but some second half lapses led to a 56-46 defeat at the hands of the Boilermakers.
Freshman Davion Thompson fueled an impressive second half rally as he finished with 30 points in Bolingbrook's 68-49 win over Lincoln-Way East on Tuesday night.
Joliet West appeared well on its way to a comfortable win against Romeoville on Friday. But things never come easily in this rivalry as a late push forced the Tigers to hang on for a 60-55 win.
A scoring run by an opponent can usually be survived. Multiple scoring runs from a high quality team cannot however and Bolingbrook found that out during an 80-64 loss to the state's No. 1 team Homewood-Flossmoor on Wednesday night.
The recruiting process is often filled with a number of unknowns, but Lincoln-Way East junior Caden O'Rourke didn't have that problem while selecting Northwestern. His older brother, Devin, was a defensive lineman at the school from 2018-2022.
Joliet West's Zion Gross didn't late a late miscue keep him down for long. After committing a key turnover with a minute to play in a tie game , Gross rebounded to score the game's final six points to secure a 53-47 win for the Tigers on Saturday.
Conditions weren't ideal for Lincoln-Way East on Friday night as it ran into a confident and talented Bradley-Bourbonnais team as the Griffins fell 56-42 to the host Boilermakers.
Joliet Central erased a double-digit fourth quarter deficit, forced overtime and then put on a free throw shooting clinic as it defeated Plainfield North 55-50 on Friday night.
Earlier in the season, a game like Wednesday's nonconference matchup with Lemont might have gotten away from Lincoln-Way Central. But the Knights enforced their will on Lemont claiming a solid 56-53 win.
Quarterback Jonas Williams, who shined at Bolingbrook during his freshman and sophomore seasons, has decided to transfer to Lincoln-Way East. Williams first day of classes at the school will be Wednesday.
It wasn't exactly a work of art but Yorkville picked up a rare win on Joliet West's floor on Friday night, grinding things out for a 43-29 victory.
Bolingbrook quickly dug itself a 12-point hole to climb out of on Wednesday night. Obviously that isn't ideal, but Bolingbrook poise and composure showed itself shortly thereafter as it rebounded to claim a 68-58 win over Romeoville.