Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott is in St. Louis for the NCAA meet. His report from Friday:
ST. LOUIS — With three pins in his first three matches at the NCAA wrestling championships, Illinois' B.J. Futrell was as hot as anyone in the country heading into Friday's semifinal. Problem is, the 133-pounder ran into an opponent who might have been a little bit hotter.
ST. LOUIS — On a day when three Illini earned berths into the quarterfinals, 133-pounder B.J. Futrell stood out.
Futrell won both his matches by pinfall, defeating Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Nick Soto and Wyoming’s Zach Zehner during the first day at the NCAA Championships.
Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott is in St. Louis for the NCAA meet. His report from Thursday:
Welcome to St. Louis and the Scottrade Center. The NCAA wrestling championships are being held in the same arena where the St. Louis Blues play, and the venue is a perfect place for the NCAA Championships.
Illinois sends seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, which open Thursday in St. Louis. Here are five things to look for at Scottrade Center, courtesy beat writer Bob Asmussen:
An Illini All-American ... or two ... or three
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — When asked which was bigger, his September wedding or run to the 197-pound Big Ten wrestling championship on Sunday, Mario Gonzalez hesitated. But only for a second.
"For my wife's sake I'll have to say getting married," Gonzalez said.
Illinois has secured seven automatic qualifiers for the NCAA tournament that will be held in St. Louis in two weeks. There are two wrestlers, sophomore Jackson Morse and junior Darryl Thomas, that hope to receive an at-large bid from the NCAA selection committee. It is much like the selection committee in college basketball.