Tri-County Youth Sports Grant
Tri-County Youth Sports Grant Winners
Jim Querciagrossa

Jim Querciagrossa was a wrestling coach at Woodruff High School from 1968-1992.  He guided his grapplers to 36 individual conference titles and 64 individual regional championships.  151 boys qualified for sectional competition and 19 qualified for State matches, eight of whom earned a medal.  One of his wrestlers, Jeff Sutherland, was a State Champion in 1990 at 160 lbs.   His teams combined for an impressive 303-102-6 record in dual meets with five conference, 14 city championships, and four regional championships.  He coached 22 winning seasons.  In his final season the Warriors strung together 24 consecutive dual meet wins before losing in the Class AA state competition.  Jim was named Central Illinois Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1992.  He has been inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Association and Woodruff High School Halls of Fame.  “Coach Q” sparked interest in wrestling with younger boys by hosting the area’s first Kids Wrestling Tournament in 1978, and beginning in 1969, he hosted the Peoria Freshmen Tourney for 42 years.