34 years and counting! The week that was…every week. Once again, in 13 riveting issues, The Illinois Best
Weekly will bring you a complete recap of the previous week’s highlights…a schedule of the top events upcoming in
the following week...and much more about Illinois high school wrestling that you may not have known. Your issue
will arrive every TUESDAY…fresh and timely!
Since its origins in the late 1920s in the working-class neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois high school
wrestling has produced countless memorable moments. They’re all chronicled here in Tales From the Mat. Read all
about the state’s greats from 1937, when the Illinois High School Association hosted the first state tournament
underneath Memorial Stadium in Champaign…where University of Illinois football greats such as Red Grange also
became legends…through 2012, when the 75th official state tournament convened at the historic Assembly Hall.
The publication of Tales From the Mat in 2012 showcased the first 75 years of Illinois high school wrestling
history. Now, with these annual updates encompassing the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons, our state’s
history is up to date with the release of Beyond Tales From the Mat.