Vandalia Jr. club wrestler Anthony Enlow won the midget 130-pound division at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Foundation's Midget State Tournament this past weekend. Enlow (42-6) pinned his opponent in 44 seconds to win the state title. The 8-year-old also won a 9- and 10-year-old division at the Bantam State Tournament earlier this year. Because of his stellar performances, Enlow has been invited to join the King Select Wrestling Club from Belleville. That club is ranked No. 3 in the nation, and will be wrestling at nationals in Tennessee in April.
Three Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers advanced to this weekend's Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation novice and senior state tournament at the Rockford MetroCentre in Rockford.
Bobby Bradley (novice 130), and Dalton Blankenship (senior 130) both placed third, and Blake Cripe (senior 156) placed first at the Vandalia sectional on Saturday to advance.
Fourteen other Jr. Club wrestlers participated at the sectional.
St. Elmo Hero wins 24th, then scratched
St. Elmo Hero, the harness racing horse named after a late St. Elmo man, earned his 24th straight win at Balmoral Park near Chicago to tie the record for most consecutive wins to start a career.
The horse was scheduled to race at the Cam Fella Stakes in Canada last weekend, but he was scratched because he is sick.
The stakes would have been the richest prize of his career had he won.
NWTF holding banquet on Saturday
The Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers participated in three different events this past weekend.
Saturday, Feb. 5
at O'Fallon, Mo.
•Markus Isaiah got first place in the 65-pound division
•Anthony Enlow got first place in the midget heavyweight division
•Garret Stewart got sixth place in the 95-pound division
•Jake Stewart got second place in the 125-pound division.
The Vandalia Jr. Club wrestlers competed at the IKWF Jon Davis Memorial Open Tournament in Springfield on Sunday.
Approximately 1,400 wrestlers competed during the tournament.
The following individuals participated for Vandalia: