Parker not done for Illini at NCAA championships

Parker not done for Illini at NCAA championships

PITTSBURGH — Emery Parker is the last man standing for Illinois wrestling.

The redshirt senior showed during last season's NCAA championships his ability to perform in must-win scenarios when he reeled off seven straight wins in wrestlebacks en route to a third-place finish.

Well, Parker has a chance to match that feat with more wins today.

The Warren Township graduate stayed alive in the consolation bracket with four wins during Friday's proceedings at the NCAA championships at PPG Paints Arena.

He won a back-and-forth 184-pound consolation second-round match against Missouri's Dylan Wisman, securing a two-point reversal 10 seconds into the third period and another late takedown in regulation.

The match reached overtime tied at 6, and Parker came through with the deciding takedown in an 8-6 sudden-victory decision.

Parker followed that up with a pin over Iowa's Cash Wilcke at the 5:23 mark, as well as a 5-2 win over Iowa State's Samuel Colbray and a 7-4 decision over Virginia Tech's Zach Zavatsky.

Parker, who clinched All-America honors on Friday, will wrestle Myles Martin of Ohio State in his first match on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Travis Piotrowski (125), Mike Carr (141), Eric Barone (157) and Joey Gunther (165) all lost in wrestlebackers on Friday, ending their season.

In men's tennis

Illini rally. Illinois battled back in singles play Friday in Orlando, Fla., after dropping the doubles point en route to a 4-2 win over Central Florida.

Sophomore Alex Brown clinched the win with a 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-4 triumph as the Illini took four of the six singles matches.

In softball

Illini fall. No. 23 Wisconsin cashed in on three Illinois errors, tagging Illini starter Sydney Sickels for 11 runs (five earned) in the Badgers' 15-6 win in both teams' Big Ten opener at Eichelberger Field in Urbana on Friday.

Illinois (18-7, 0-1) received two hits each from Carly Thomas and Kiana Sherlund against Wisconsin (22-3, 1-0).