Weldon youth wins mixed martial arts gold medal

Submitted photos — Bilie “The Beast” Merreighn, 15, received a welcome home parade in Weldon, on Thursday, Aug. 8, after winning the gold medal at the world championship of the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) in the 158-pound weight class.  Merreighn is a sophomore at DeLand-Weldon High School and was presented a certificate of honor from the State of Illinois presented by Rep. Dan Caulkins. 

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