I was shocked when I was informed that, "No, they don't have wrestling" but remember clearly the, "but they did" that followed.
Even more distinct, "Lots of good wrestlers around these parts. Guess they'll have to go elsewhere if they want to wrestle in college."
At one time they didn't though. As mentioned, at one time the Leathernecks of Western Illinois had a wrestling program. One that was good enough to finish in 10th place twice at the NAIA championships in 1962 & 1963. One that was good enough to finish in 10th place twice at the NCAA Division II tournament in 1972 & 1973. Today we take a look at some of their best wrestlers.
If you ever wonder as to how tough the Midlands was back in those days, consider this; Woods the NCAA DII & DI champ that year, placed fifth.