Wisconsin wrestler Eli Stickley dies in car crash


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Wisconsin wrestler Eli Stickley dies in car crash

The Wisconsin Badgers community lost a friend, a student-athlete and much more when wrestler Eli Stickley died on Thursday night after a car crash.
Stickley—an Urbana, Ohio, native who would have been a redshirt junior this upcoming season—wrestled at Wisconsin for three years, including an “unattached” year during the 2015-16 season. As a “starter” at 141 pounds during the 2017-18 campaign, he recorded a 21-14 mark and qualified for his first NCAA championships. Last season, he defeated three top-15 opponents.
The Rock Island Dispatch-Argus reported the details of the crash, which resulted in Stickley and a passenger being taken to Illini Hospital where the former “was pronounced dead”:
Illinois State Police report that, at 8:19 p.m. Thursday, a 2004 black Nissan Frontier left westbound I-74 near mile marker 24, just south of the Andover exit in Henry County.
State police said the vehicle left the roadway, travelled into the right hand ditch, over-corrected and rolled across both westbound lanes of traffic. It came to rest on its passenger’s side in the passing lane of I-74.
Our condolences to his family and the Wisconsin wrestling family. RIP