One of Illinois Valley Central’s most accomplished wrestling careers came to an end when senior Jared Lauber lost in the first round of the State tournament Friday in Champaign.


One of Illinois Valley Central’s most accomplished wrestling careers came to an end when senior Jared Lauber lost in the first round of the State tournament Friday in Champaign.

 

“It felt good to go back to Champaign and compete in the State tournament again,” Lauber said. “My goal all year was to get back to State, and I did that. I wish the match would have went different but it just didn’t work out that way.”

 

In the 160-pound opening match at State, Lauber faced Branson Cain from Port Byron.

 

“It was a good match but things didn’t go my way,” Lauber said. “He was a good opponent.”

 

Lauber wrestled hard in the match and neither side was able to gain enough of an advantage to pin the other.

 

In the end, Cain out-maneuvered Lauber enough times to come out on the winning side of a 5-2 decision.

 

Cain went on to place fourth at State in the 160-pound division.

 

Although Lauber’s career did not end on the match that he would have wanted it to, he still can hang his hat on becoming the sixth wrestler in IVC history to win 100 matches in a career.

 

Lauber did just that when he took down a foe at Illini Bluffs Dec. 2.

 

“It was a good year but every year was a great year for me,” Lauber said. “Winning my 100th match was great and something that most people don’t get to do. I wish the season had a different ending, but it was a good one overall.”

 

When looking at the long line of wrestlers that Lauber comes from, it is no surprise that he racked up 100 wins in his career.

 

“All my uncles and my dad all wrestled, as did my cousin and older brother,” Lauber said. “My little brother is going to do it too. It’s kind of a family tradition for us.”

 

This family tradition instilled in Lauber a love of wrestling that helped him put in the long days of practice.

 

Although Lauber’s days of wrestling for IVC came to an end, he still has many fond memories to look back on.

 

“My time wrestling for IVC meant a lot to me, and I love the sport of wrestling,” Lauber said. “It was great to be a part of the program every year and it gave me a chance to get 100 wins.”

 

With young wrestlers aspiring to follow in Lauber’s lofty footsteps, they could not ask for a better role model.

 

“I’d say that to achieve higher goals than the ones that you set for yourself, you have to work out all year and not just during the season,” Lauber said. “Working out two times a day really helps too.”