PHILADELPHIA – Illinois 141-pounder Jimmy Kennedy defeated Missouri's Todd Schavrien 11-1 to take fifth place Saturday at the NCAA wrestling championships.
Teammate B.J. Futrell took eighth place at 133 pounds.
Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott is in Philadelphia for the NCAA meet. His report Thursday:
Greetings, wrestling fans! This week I am in Philadelphia to cover the NCAA Championships. The event is at the Wells Fargo Center, where the NBA's 76ers and the NHL's Flyers play their home games.
Five members of the Illinois wrestling team are competing in the NCAA meet, which starts today at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Arena. Here are five things to look for, courtesy beat writer Bob Asmussen:
EVANSTON – Jimmy Kennedy beat second-seeded Montell Marion of Iowa 9-6 at 141 pounds to claim third place at the Big Ten meet Sunday. The Illini finished sixth as a team.
"I was pleased with some of our performances and disappointed with a few others, but that's how this tournament always is," Illinois coach Jim Heffernan said.
Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott was at the Big Ten meet Saturday. His report:
Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott was at the Big Ten meet Saturday. Here's his report
EVANSTON – Jimmy Kennedy and B.J. Futrell were among four Illinois wrestlers who dropped their semifinal matches Saturday night at the Big Ten meet.
"We wrestled pretty well in all of our matches tonight; we just got beat," UI coach Jim Heffernan said. "Jimmy and B.J. both had chances to win their matches; they just couldn't score in key situations."
CHAMPAIGN – The pain was overwhelming, like none he had ever experienced. It almost brought him to tears. Almost.
B.J. Futrell didn't let the pain get in the way of his goal: returning to the Illinois wrestling team. As he recovered from a surgically repaired left shoulder, Futrell might have also found his future.
CHAMPAIGN – Sure, he liked the finish. Who wouldn't? In the final home match of his college career, Illinois 141-pounder Jimmy Kennedy scored a technical fall against Indiana's Mitchell Richey on Thursday night.
There was a big crowd for senior night (2,560). He had family members at Huff Hall. His team won the dual 23-12.