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.

Martinez loses in national title match

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Martinez had a chance at history on Saturday night.

But the Illinois wrestler came up short.

Martinez lost the national championship match at 165 pounds, falling 6-1 to Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State at Quicken Loans Arena.

It’s the second straight year Martinez lost to Joseph in the national championship match.

Martinez to wrestle for national title

CLEVELAND — The orange singlet is waiting.

So is a potential historic moment.

Martinez one win away from title shot

CLEVELAND — The chase for history is still on for Isaiah Martinez.

The Illinois wrestler advanced to Friday night’s semifinals at the NCAA Championships after his 10-1 winat 165 pounds against Chance Marsteller of Lock Haven on Friday morning in the quarterfinals a at Quicken Loans Arena.

Illini wrestlers ready to rock and roll in Cleveland

The Illinois wrestling team takes five qualifiers to the NCAA meet, which opens today at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Staff writer Bob Asmussen caught up with the five Illini this week:

Isaiah Martinez

Weight: 165

Record: 14-0

Class: Redshirt senior

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore | March 11

One-hundred-fifty years ago today — March 11, 1868 — the Illinois Industrial University (University of Illinois) celebrated its opening of nine days earlier with inaugural ceremonies. President John Milton Gregory, both members of his faculty, 77 students and a bevy of town folk gathered in a large hall on the third floor of University Hall, known by its moniker "The Elephant."

Asmussen: Martinez up there among the greats

Seedings were announced for the NCAA wrestling championships, scheduled next week in Cleveland.

Guess what? Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez is No. 1 at 165 pounds.

No surprise to the college wrestling community. Martinez is so dominant that he has made the incredible seem routine.