Former Illini national champion wrestler faces DUI charges

CHAMPAIGN — A former two-time national champion wrestler at the University of Illinois is facing DUI charges after police said he was found passed-out drunk in a vehicle last week.

Top of the Morning, May 15, 2018

Our podcast lineup continues to grow at news-gazette.com, with basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY the latest to offer his expertise for our listening audience.

He's one of four newsroom veterans who regularly weigh in with unique content at our website.

Pop quiz: How well do you know Illini athletics?

The 2017-18 school year is winding to its conclusion — although multiple Illinois spring sports will extend past graduation. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY proctors the final exam on a year in Illini athletics:

*Scroll to the bottom for the answers*

Rece Davis to host Hall of Fame gala

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois dipped into the national sports media well for its Hall of Fame Gala host for a second straight year, with ESPN personality Rece Davis set to host the June 15 event at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

Prep pulse: April 23, 2018

The University of Illinois can claim influence over most state high schools. The News-Gazette's coverage area includes many of these options.

Among those is Danville, which seems to be a particular hot spot for Class of 2018 athletes seeking next-level competition.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, April 15, 2018

With college sports' late national signing day in the books and decision day for non-jocks coming up on May 1, we asked this week's panel of former Illini: What do you remember most about the time you said 'I do' to the orange and blue?

Police: UI wrestler killed on I-57 may have been hit by 3 vehicles

RANTOUL — State police say a University of Illinois wrestler who was killed on Interstate 57 last week after an accident may have been hit by three vehicles.

Search on for 3 vehicles in connection to death of Illini wrestler

PESOTUM — State police are looking for three vehicles that were pulled off the road near the body of a University of Illinois wrestling team member, who was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run accident on southbound Interstate 57.

Coach: 'I still can't believe he's gone'

3 p.m. update

Francis Edelen, killed in a Wednesday night hit-and-run accident, saw his most action as an Illini as a true freshman in 2015-16. He was the starter at 125 pounds, winning two matches. He competed at the Big Ten meet, but did not place.

Saturday's Roundup | Parker takes third place at NCAA wrestling championships

CLEVELAND — Emery Parker felt that his nerves got the better of him in a first-round defeat to an unseeded wrestler.

His national championship hopes were dashed following a 4-3 preliminary loss to North Carolina's Chip Ness.

But, then, Parker said the pressure was off his shoulders.

Maybe it was.