CHAMPAIGN – In the midst of summer's hottest weather, John Lockhart was rounding up some sweaters and picking out a jacket.
It's wintertime in Australia, you know.
CHAMPAIGN – Tom Porter first arrived at the University of Illinois 40 years ago.
Then a teen-ager, he came to town to attend school and wrestle. He earned a varsity letter as a sophomore in 1961.
Porter returned more than a decade later, as the head coach in wrestling and an assistant in football. He was recommended by Carl Meyer, then a UI football assistant.
Former Illinois wrestler Steve Marianetti beat Sean Bormet 2-1 in the 1671/2-pound division Friday night at the U.S. World Team Freestyle Wrestling Trials in Seattle in a match that lasted 10 minutes, 50 seconds.
CHAMPAIGN – When his father-in-law offered to take Steve Marianetti to the Indianapolis 500 last month, the former Illinois wrestler drew a deep breath, then declined the to-die-for invitation.
"I couldn't," he said. "I had to train."
The first thing you notice about Karl Roesler is that unruly hair, sprouting like a giant red weed, each strand fighting for space to grow.
Then there's his size: modest for a heavyweight wrestler. Heavys can go 285 pounds in college, and the Illini senior weighs 220. Most wrestlers would fuss over a five-pound disadvantage. Roesler sometimes gave up 60.
Illinois freshman John Lockhart, a Mahomet-Seymour product, beat Boe Rushton of Boise, Idaho, 6-2 Sunday to claim the heavyweight title in the 1999 Junior Freestyle Wrestling National Championships and World Team trials at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Karl Roesler and Adam Tirapelle weren't in the best of moods late Friday night. Both Illinois wrestlers had lost semifinal matches, in the process losing out on any chance of winning an NCAA championship.
But by Saturday night, smiles had returned to their faces. Instead of pouting, the Illini produced third-place victories over higher-ranked opponents.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Wrestlers Adam Tirapelle and Karl Roesler won't win national titles after losing their semifinal matches Friday night at the NCAA Championships, but the Illini All-Americans still can finish as high as third today.
Tirapelle, seeded seventh at 149 pounds, lost 7-3 to sixth-seeded Tony Davis of Northern Iowa in the semifinals after stunning second-seeded Reggie Wright of Oklahoma State 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Illinois' Carl Perry, Adam Tirapelle and Karl Roesler each went undefeated Thursday at the NCAA Wrestling Championships and remain in contention for titles.
"Really, it was a good day for us," Illini coach Mark Johnson said. "We have three guys in the quarters and all but one guy still wrestling. Two of our losses today were against higher-seeded guys in overtime, but you really need to win those close ones to take a step forward in the tournament."