CHAMPAIGN — Bismarck-Henning junior wrestler Jarod Noel has had a lot of success this season on the mat for the Blue Devils.
From getting his 100th win in regional competition, which he eventually won at the 170-pound class, ultimately led to qualifying for sectional and state this season as well.
But the most heralded accomplishment for Noel came on Saturday at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament at the State Farm Center in Champaign, where he broke the school record for wins in a season at 41.
“I’m really excited for Jarod, and I think he’s done a really good job here this weekend,” Bismarck-Henning wrestling coach Andy Head said. “Jarod has beaten a couple of kids that he has lost to in the past, so that is always satisfying.”
Noel was the only wrestler from the area to advance into Saturday competition, as fellow Blue Devil Whalen Rockwell (182) lost his first round match on Thursday and failed to advance to the wrestle backs. Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac junior Antonio Alvarez (132) also lost in the preliminary round, but did advance to the wrestle back round, where he was defeated in a fall at 1:50 on Friday.
In Class 2A, both Javonte Crider of Danville (120) and Tyler Dicken of Westville (195) lost their opening matches, and also did not advance to the wrestleback round.
So much goes into preparing to wrestle several matches in a two or three day period, and according to Noel, it is pretty simple how he goes about it.
“Most people warm up, but I just sit there and stare at them,” Noel said. “It really goes to show who the good wrestlers are when you are wrestling two and three times in a day”.
Noel’s Saturday journey began with a win over Lucas Duckett from Shelbyville, and that victory was the single season record setter.