The talent-rich Northern Illinois Big 12 East Division will be well represented as DeKalb, Kaneland and Sycamore combined to advance 24 wrestlers out of last week’s DeKalb Regional.
While the talent level in the East has its wrestlers trending, its merely a microcosm of the wrestling talent present in Illinois.
“Getting to state in Illinois is so tough,” said DeKalb coach Mike Pater, whose Barbs as regional hosts last week advanced a tournament-high nine wrestlers to Sterling. “Illinois does very well at the national tournaments. It’s great because the competition makes everyone better.”