CHAMPAIGN — Guy Kirby, who won the Class 1A state title at 140 pounds for Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher in 2010, knows how to make the most of his opportunities.
Sunday was no different for Illinois' redshirt freshman wrestler.
Kirby defeated UT-Chattanooga's Daniel Waddell 3-1 in their 157-pound match at Huff Hall, leading the seventh-ranked Illini to a 30-6 victory.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois’ Jesse Delgado defeated top-ranked Matt McDonough in their 125-pound match, but top-ranked Iowa rallied to defeat the seventh-ranked Illini 20-13 on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Delgado won an 11-7 decision in overtime.
Off to its first 6-0 start in three years, the seventh-ranked Illinois wrestling team will open the Big Ten portion of the schedule tonight with one of its tougher tests of the season, traveling to Iowa City for a dual against top-ranked Iowa (3-0).
BERKELEY, Calif. — Six turnovers and a pair of missed layups in the final six minutes turned a close game into a rout as California beat the Illinois women's basketball team 80-54.
Trailing 60-52, the Bears finished the game on a 20-4 rush.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Shawn Sheldon should have known what was coming next.
Shortly after Lindsey Durlacher clinched a spot in the Greco-Roman World Championships, the former Illinois All-America wrestler waved to his club coach to join him on the elevated mat at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
Former Illini wrestling All-American Lindsey Durlacher, 36, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep early on Saturday morning in Denver.
Durlacher was at home recovering from a surgery on Wednesday. He had suffered a broken sternum in a snowmobile accident in February. No details are available on the cause of his death.
Forty-three years ago, Jack Robinson was named head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at the University of Illinois. In wrestling, he coached the Illini from 1968-69 through 1972-73. Among the wrestlers who competed for Robinson at Illinois were Bruce Kirkpatrick, Mike Levanti, Bob Mayer, John Oaks, Andy Passaglia, Randy Sulaver, Jeff Vandersteeg and Greg Zuidema. Robinson was an assistant on Jim Valek's football staff from 1968 through 1970. The star football players during those three seasons included Doug Dieken, Larry McCarren and Tab Bennett. A 1949 Illinois graduate, Robinson participated in wrestling and football for the Illini. He was Tom Porter's high school coach at Harvey Thornton and later served as head wrestling and football coach at Thornridge High in Dolton from 1960 to '67. Porter replaced Robinson as the Illini head coach. A month ago, the 87-year-old Robinson won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. He currently resides in Utah.
CHAMPAIGN — They won't even have to change the last name on the office door.
Illinois wrestling coach Jim Heffernan replaced one national champion named Perry with another national champion named Perry.
Illinois' two All-Americans, B.J. Futrell and Jimmy Kennedy, were in action Saturday – the third day of the NCAA Championships – and finished the season on the podium.
The tournament has been very intense, and there has been some wonderful competition. I have been fortunate to sit on the corner of mat No. 2 for the entire tournament. It has been neat to hear the sights and sounds of the nation's best coaches and athletes from just a few feet away.