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.

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.