UI freshman making up for lost time

   CHAMPAIGN  Carl Perry would have been here sooner if not for a trip to the operating table.

   When the University of Illinois wrestler finally did make his debut Saturday night at Huff Hall, the freshman proceeded to make himself right at home.

Illini feels at home on mat

   CHAMPAIGN  The matches usually started in the hallway.

   Lindsey Durlacher and his older brothers would crash into the walls before their parents came up with the solution: Basement.

Familiar rival betters Benion

   EVANSTON  University of Illinois All-American Ernest Benion wasnt supposed to bump into nemesis Joe Williams on the mat at the Midlands Wrestling Championships.

Trying to stuff Huff

   CHAMPAIGN  If University of Illinois wrestling has an identity crisis locally, it''s news to Mark Johnson.

   "Everywhere I go in this area, people follow it pretty good," said the coach of the sixth-ranked wrestling team in the nation. "They know we''re a good team. They know that good things have happened. They respect the job we''ve done."

Illini: No pain, no gain

   CHAMPAIGN -- Nobody cheered harder for University of Illinois wrestler Karl Roesler than teammate Seth Brady.

   A victory by Roesler at 190 pounds on Saturday during Illinois'' 20-15 triumph over Indiana would have meant a day off for Brady. A very welcome day off. The kind the heavyweight has taken a lot of lately since suffering a lower-back injury last weekend during the Las Vegas Invitational.