Bloomington’s Haywood honored for state wrestling title

Savion Haywood is joined by his parents, Darien Haywood and Angela Anderson, during a reception to recognize his state wrestling championship. (Photo Eric Stock/WJBC)

By Greg Halbleib and Eric Stock

BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington High School has honored a state champion wrestler.

Savion Haywood won the 132-pound weight class in Class 2A in the individual wrestling championships last weekend in Champaign. The Purple Raiders honored the Old Dominion-bound senior during a Tuesday afternoon reception.

Haywood says he had to be mentally tough.

“I just had to believe in myself,” Haywood said. “I did that. I believed I was the best and I came out the best.”

Haywood is the first Bloomington High School wrestler to medal at state in all four years. This is his first state title.

Haywood hopes he left his mark at BHS.

“I’m glad I was able to kind of leave somewhat of a legacy here for other kids to follow,” Haywood said.

Haywood defeated Tyler Delaware of Washington 7-5 in overtime in Saturday’s championship bout. Haywood and Delaware will be teammates in the fall at Old Dominion.


WJBC Voices: Celebrating local workers

By Mike Matejka Labor Day is perhaps the most mis-understood holiday in the nation’s calendar.  Traditionally viewed as a summer’s end celebration, its real roots are in worker protest, trying to claim and celebrate their role in society. In Bloomington, local unions organize and march together, along with community groups and aspiring politicians, in Monday’s…

WJBC Voices: Staycations

As the days of summer wane, you might be looking for at least one more experience, perhaps even a “bucket list” item to do.