CHAMPAIGN — He looks as healthy as anyone on the mats. There is no pain. No reason, from outside appearance, that B.J. Futrell shouldn’t be competing in the Big Ten wrestling championships.
Greetings once again from the Big Ten wrestling tournament!
Local wrestling fans are very lucky this year as it’s being held in our very own Assembly Hall. No doubt this is the second-best wrestling tournament in the United States, second only to the NCAA tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks.
Here’s what you need to know from Saturday’s action at the Big Ten meet, courtesy staff writer Bob Asmussen:
The Big Ten wrestling meet starts Saturday in Champaign. Here’s what you need to know:
WHERE: The Assembly Hall
WHEN: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (finals) Sunday.
TV: Sunday’s finals will be shown live on BTN.
The Big Ten wrestling tournament is Saturday and Sunday at the Assembly Hall. Here is the Illini lineup:
Mark Johnson is always waging an uphill struggle in supporting his sport of preference.
Wrestling has been repeatedly tossed on its back, the big blow coming from Switzerland last month when a 15-member executive group for the International Olympic Committee voted to drop it in 2020.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Tonja Buford-Bailey was named the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches’ Association’s Midwest Region Head Women’s Coach of the Year on Monday.
“It’s great to receive this honor,” Buford-Bailey said. “It makes me feel even better knowing that I received this award because my peers voted for me. I’m really honored.”
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Pepper Gay threw the 10th no-hitter in Illinois history as the Illini knocked off Northern Iowa (8-0 in six innings) and Green Bay (6-3) to end the UNI Dome Tournament with a 3-2 mark.
Gay had two strikeouts and allowed only one base runner (on an error) in her no-hitter. Kylie Johnson and Jess Perkins drove in two runs apiece.