Big Ten Wrestling Championships Session 3

A gallery of images from Session 3 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships held at Assembly Hall on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Futrell's injury a pain in the neck

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.

Jeff Scott: Two Illini vying for titles

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.

Asmussen: Getting a grip at Big Ten meet

Here’s what you need to know from Saturday’s action at the Big Ten meet, courtesy staff writer Bob Asmussen:

Big Ten Wrestling Championships Session 1

A gallery of images from the opening session of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Assembly Hall on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Asmussen's Big Ten wrestling storylines

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.

Introducing ... Jim Heffernan's starting lineup

The Big Ten wrestling tournament is Saturday and Sunday at the Assembly Hall. Here is the Illini lineup:

Tate: Plenty of clouds in wrestling's forecast

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.

Buford-Bailey rates award

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.”

Gay fires no-hitter

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.