Throwback Thursday – 1989

Between 1987 – 1991, Chicago-area sports broadcasting brought us the IHSA State Individual and Dual Team Wrestling Championships. Many wrestling fans, like our own Rob Sherrill, recorded these broadcasts on VHS tape and stored them away … for days like today!

The conversion from VHS to YouTube is never perfect.
The quality is poor, but the memories are golden!

In 1989, Chicago SportsVision became SportsChannel. Perhaps in an effort to cut back from the 10-hour 1988 marathon, SportsChannel chose to only feature one of the two championship Individual and Dual Team contests. Most of the featured matches were of Class AA competitors. This protocol would continue for the next two years.

1989 Individual State Championships

Class AA Brackets : Class A Brackets

** Feature Match
1036:50Class AAJoe Esparza (Joliet Central) vs. Bill Walsh (Mt. Carmel) **
Class AMike Mena (Sterling Newman) vs. Parr Schoolman (Clifton Central)
11217:00Class AAJeff Mirabella (Elgin) vs. Andy Gardner (Springfield-Lanphier)**
Class AJason Gonski (Kankakee-McNamara) vs. ThaDavidson (Litchfield)
11930:52Class AAShannyn Gillespie (Evanston) vs. Abby Myers (Cahokia)**
Class ADaryl Grennan (Sterling Newman) vs. Todd VanLue (Harvard)
12543:05Class AAKen Gerdes (Providence) vs. Chuck Wagner (Oak Lawn)
Class ABrett Camden (Mahomet-Seymour) vs. Jeff McCombs (Sandwich)**
13056:43Class AAShelly Resendez (Homewood-Flossmoor) vs. Terrell Sandifer (Thornton)**
Class AJason Heinold (Mahomet-Seymour) vs. Mike Putts (Peotone)
1351:11:38Class AAStan Valle (Notre Dame) vs. Joey Gilbert (Andrew)**
Class AJames Heinold (Mahomet-Seymour) vs. Mark Edwards (Kaneland)
Joey Gilbert becomes first Class AA 4X State Champ
1401:24:05Class AAMike Palazzo (Glenbard North) vs. George Hoffman (Joliet Central)**
Class ADan Barclay (Clinton) vs. Steve Wood (Harvard)
1451:36:15Class AASean Bormet (Providence) vs. Jim Czajkowski (St. Laurence)**
Class ASteve Kelly (Sterling Newman) vs. Pat O’Connor (Glasford Illini Bluffs)
1521:47:55Class AAPaul Andreotti (Marist) vs. Mike Frecking (Warren)**
Class AAaron Fancher (Mahomet-Seymour) vs. Sean McKeon (Tolono-Unity)
1602:00:02Class AADarnell Thomas (Cahokia) vs. Bill Guide (Mt. Carmel)**
Class ATerry Bagwell (Tolono-Unity) vs. Eric Bloch (Argenta-Oreana)
1712:14:03Class AAKip Hennelly (Downers Grove South) vs. Tuhan Waller (Thornwood)
Class ASteve Rusk (Orion) vs. Roy VanDeVeer (Mahomet-Seymour)**
1892:25:26Class AASherif Zegar (Oak Lawn) vs. Mike McClarence (Providence)**
Class APat O’Neal (Port Byron-Riverdale) vs. Chris Steadman (Richmond-Burton)
2752:47:10Class AAKevin Nolan (Marist) vs. Jim Remsey (Rockford East)**
Class ASteve Weekly (Sandwich) vs. Sean Hickerson (Orion)

1989 Dual Team State Championships

0:00 – Class A Summary Only – Mahomet-Seymour vs. Tolono (Unity)
9:58 – Class AA – Providence Catholic vs. DeKalb

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