“The strength of Eli’s relationships with Jesus, family and friends encapsulates what meant most to him,” a remembrance on the funeral home’s website said.
On July 5, Stickley was driving a black 2004 Nissan Frontier, headed west on Interstate 74 in Henry County, Ill., according to the Illinois State Police. The Nissan left the road into a right-hand-ditch, over-corrected and rolled across the westbound lanes of traffic. Stickley and a passenger, who was not identified by police, were taken to Illini Hospital in Silvis, where Stickley was pronounced dead.
Jeff Jordan, Jim Jordan’s brother and Stickley’s Graham coach, said Stickley was with his girlfriend and they were headed to Iowa to see Stickley’s twin sister and her boyfriend, four-time Graham High School state high school champion Alex Marinelli, who wrestles for the University of Iowa.
A starter at 141 pounds in 2017-18 season for Wisconsin, Stickley finished 21-14 and qualified for the NCAA championships. Stickley was a four-time state placer at Graham with a 185-22 record.
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