Dedmond brings home Freeport's first state wrestling title in 36 years

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) There is no better feeling in sports than winning a championship. For one Stateline wrestler, that top spot has eluded him the past two seasons, that was until Saturday.

Freeport's Major Dedmond walked off the bus as the IHSA Class 2A state champion in the 170 pound division. He finished his senior season 35-1. He became just the second Freeport grappler to win an individual title and first since 1983.

Dedmond defeated previously unbeaten Alex Cramer of Grayslake Central in the final seconds of the third period with an escape for the only point of the match. He said it's the perfect way to complete his high school wrestling career.

"The whole season I've just been confident in myself, knowing that this is my last season, I have nothing to lose," said Dedmond. "I might as well just let it fly, don't want to regret nothing in my final year. I just had a fun time, a fun year and just grateful for this moment."

It was Dedmond's first trip in the Grand March at the University of Illinois. His best finish was in 2017 when he took third at 160 pounds.

"I wanted that type of competition. To be able to win that match was a big moment for me. To be able to have my dad in my corner was a big moment and to just have all my family there to support me in my final match was a big moment for me, so I'm very thankful for that."