Wrestling

Wrestling

Asmussen | Let's get ready to rumble

Sports I prefer outdoors: Baseball (though rain delays are a pain), football (no Ice Bowl in a dome), hockey (Winter Classic a genius move by the NHL).

So, why not wrestling? Au naturel.

Illinois plans to give it a try Saturday afternoon, weather permitting. And the forecast looks very permissible. Highs in the low 50s at 12:30 p.m. with a light breeze.

And no rain.

Heffernan rates extension

Illinois wrestling has enjoyed success under Jim Heffernan.

And Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman wants to keep that intact.

Illinois announced on Thursday morning a five-year extension for the Illinois wrestling coach, keeping him with the Illini through the 2023 season.

Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

The Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame honored 21 new members during an induction ceremony at State Farm Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Sept. 2, 2018

Happy 24th Birthday to legend Isaiah Martinez, one of only four Illinois varsity wrestling alumni to win two NCAA titles.

Recruited by coach Jim Heffernan, Martinez traveled more than 2,100 miles to attend the University of Illinois from his home in Lemoore, Calif.

He was redshirted as a true freshman, then began a dominating run of his Big Ten competition in the 2014-15 season.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: July 29, 2018

During every stage of his life, former Illini wrestler Eric Siebert has made an impact.

As a prep at LaSalle-Peru High School under his dad, Mark Siebert, Eric won the first state title in Cavaliers wrestling history (145 pounds).

Top of the Morning, July 20, 2018

DAVE REVSINE, the Voice of Big Ten Network, is hosting Tuesday's Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Revsine, a former ESPN announcer, has been with BTN since its inception in 2007. He was the first one to speak on the channel:

UI athletics gets $1 million donation

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics announced another seven-figure donation Tuesday, as the Bielfeldt Foundation has committed $1 million to provide updates to the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building and to help fund construction of the Football Performance Center.

Illini Year in Review: Grading the programs

Men's gymnastics: A

Why an A: The Illini won what had been an elusive Big Ten title then followed it up with an individual NCAA champ (Alex Diab on rings) and a third-place national finish as a team.

Illini Year in Review: Moments by the month

A look at the biggest moment of each month from the last year of Illini athletics:

July

Brad Underwood's first July as Illinois basketball coach was almost as busy as his first April with more than a half-dozen new offers for prospective recruits, of which zero picked the Illini.

August

Illini Year in Review: The Lists

Top male athletes

1. Bren Spillane, baseball. The third-round MLB draft pick was one of three position players nationally to earn consensus (all six) All-American honors.

2. Alex Diab, gymnastics. A national championship on rings for the Glen Ellyn native was Illinois' third on the event and 58th total.

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