Wrestling

Wrestling

Tirapelle lands top spot at Penn

PHILADELPHIA — Two-time All-America wrestler Alex Tirapelle, a former Illini, was named the head wrestling coach Monday at the University of Pennsylvania.

FINE DINING: All UI athletes benefit from NCAA rule

CHAMPAIGN — The swanky Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium hosts 1,000-plus Illinois football fans on Saturdays in the fall.

In the offseason, the calendar is crammed with wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties.

Illinois Year in Review: Jesse Delgado, Top Male Athlete

Best part of my junior year ... Getting to travel with my team and overcoming the obstacles and having them help me throughout the way.

I always remember Jim Heffernan telling me ... get on Irwin (Academic Center) hours and stay on top of class. Every day after practice. I think he got pretty good grades (at Iowa).

Illinois Year in Review: Memorable moments

July 2013
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase marries high school sweetheart Morgan in Kansas City, Mo., and has three Illini teammates serve as groomsmen.

August 2013

Illinois Year in Review: Part I

Top Male Athletes
1. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Back-to-back national champion at 125 pounds first to do so in Illini history at that weight class. Best news? He still has a year of eligibility left.

Illinois Year in Review: Part II

Best Moments
1. National champions don’t happen every year, but with Jesse Delgado winning one in wrestling and Jordan Valdez doing the same in men’s gymnastics, Illini could brag about those two accomplishments.

Illinois Year in Review: Part III

Best Events
1. Kevin Hambly’s intense speech to his Illini volleyball team after it lost the first two sets to visiting Michigan on Nov. 6. With its postseason hopes seemingly evaporating, Illinois responded and dug deep to pull out a 3-2 win in the season-turning match.

Illinois Year in Review: Making the grade

Baseball
Why a B: No repeat trip to NCAA tournament, but a solid Big Ten showing.
High point: Beating Indiana 2-1 April 26 at home to end Hoosiers’ 10-game conference winning streak.
Low point: Losing twice to Michigan State in three-day span at the Big Ten tournament, costing them an NCAA berth.
 Big Ten finish: Third

Delgado, Flaws honored

CHAMPAIGN — Wrestler Jesse Delgado and soccer player Jannelle Flaws received the 2013-14 Dike Eddleman Awards on Thursday, a recognition of the top male and female University of Illinois athletes.

By winning the Eddleman Awards, the two are also eligible for Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors.

Bob Asmussen: I hope IHSA fields my call

The biggest school in the state hosts a baseball super-sectional today.

Softball, too.

“I think any time you have young people on your field and they are exposed to your university that’s a positive,” Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb said, “not only for your university, but for the community.”

But is that enough? Not even close.