Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that United States Representative Jim Jordan’s 21-year-old Eli Stickley was killed this past Thursday evening in a car crash in Illinois. Stickley was a top wrestler on the University of Wisconsin’s wrestling team. In 2014, he was a high school state champion in wrestling in Ohio.
The University of Wisconsin’s wrestling team took to Facebook to release a few words about their former teammate. They wrote, “Our hearts are heavy today. The entire Badger Athletics family extends its most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of junior Eli Stickley, a student-athlete with our wrestling team, who passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eli’s family, friends, teammates and coaches.”
During the 2017-2018 year, Stickley was wrestling at the 141 pound weigh class. He boasted a record of 21-14 and qualified of the NCAA championships.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the Indiana State Police explained that the 21-year-old was traveling on Interstate 74 in Henry County inside a black 2004 Nissan Frontier. The vehicle became airborne and hit a ditch on the right side of the road before rolling into the westbound lanes of the highway.
Both Stickley and another passenger, who remains anonymous, were brought to Illini Hospital in Silvis. Stickley was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote, “Stickley’s uncle, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, won two national championships at Wisconsin and was a three-time All-American — and remains the school’s all-time wins leader. Jordan’s son, Isaac, wrapped up his own All-American career in 2017 wrestling alongside cousin Stickley.”
According to Illinois State Police, Stickley died after his Nissan pickup left the roadway on Interstate 74 in Henry County.
Stickley and a passenger were taken to Illini Hospital, where Stickley was pronounced dead, according to a police statement. The passenger’s identity and injuries were not immediately disclosed. Police did not have an update on the passenger’s condition Saturday.
Stickley joined the Badgers in 2015 and had a 21-14 record last season. He was an Ohio Division II state champion at 120 pounds in 2014 with a 50-3 record.
“The world lost a really good kid,” Badgers coach Chris Bono, who took over the program in March, told the Wisconsin State Journal.
The team is on break and wasn’t due to return to Madison until next week, Bono said.
“I think that’s when it’ll really hit home, when everybody’s together,” he said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased.