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.

Six Illini set for NCAA wrestling championships

Six Illini will compete today in the first round of the NCAA championships. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY caught up with them before they left Champaign for Pittsburgh:

No. 4 Emery Parker (18-3)

Weight class: 184 pounds

First-round opponent: No. 29 Will Schany (14-13), Virginia

Parker vying to leave own mark after becoming national title contender

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Heffernan made the 170-mile trip to Lake Forest and the Poeta Training Center about six years ago to watch then prospective recruit Eric Barone in a workout.

The Crystal Lake native would ultimately sign with Illinois wrestling, but that one particular trip ended up being a two-for-one recruiting stop for the Illini coach.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Wrestling's title twins

Eighteen years ago today on March 17, 2001, something happened with Illinois wrestling that has occurred only three times in its 108-year varsity history.

It was the day when two Illini were crowned NCAA champions.

'Champ' proponents make pitch to UI trustees; Chief defenders critical

URBANA — "Champ" made his official pitch to be the University of Illinois mascot Thursday, with an ROTC student showing up in full costume to greet UI trustees.

UI sophomore Mike Skibski presented the idea for a World War I soldier to represent the Fighting Illini during the public comment section of the board's meeting at the Illini Union.

Saturday's UI roundup: Leland, Illini seek series sweep

PHOENIX — Illinois handed the ball to Sean Leland with Saturday's game still in the balance.

Leland didn't disappoint, either. The redshirt senior right-hander delivered 4 1 / 3 strong innings, and the Illini tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put away a 5-2 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon.

UI unveils Hall of Fame Class of '19

The  UI Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was unveiled this morning and includes:

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2019

Our "Faces of State Farm Center" series on Feb. 3 drew a positive reaction — as well as suggestions for other notable employees we could have featured.

Like CLEDITH ROWE, who has worked the gates at the building for almost three decades. The 81-year-old Monticello resident loves his time at the place he still calls "the Assembly Hall."

Sunday's UI roundup: Women's basketball falls to Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — Senior forward Alex Wittinger netted a game-high 18 points, while junior Courtney Joens and freshman Mackenzie Blazek added 10 points each, but Illinois women’s basketball struggled to keep pace in a 70-56 loss to Michigan on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Center.

Illini top Georgetown in opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Scoring runs in six of the nine innings helped the Illinois baseball team cruise to an 11-3 season-opening win Friday over Georgetown.