The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Redshirt sophomore Zac Braunagel wrestles his opponent to the mat. Illinois had a solid performance with eight Illinois wrestlers earning top-six finishes at the Michigan State Open this weekend.

Illinois wrestling makes waves at Michigan State Open, earns 10 top-six finishes

By Jonathan Alday, Staff Writer

For the first time in two years, the Michigan State...

The Illinois Wrestling Team released their schedule for the upcoming season. The team will have dual with teams that are nonconference meets.

Illinois releases 2021-2022 wrestling schedule

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor

The Illinois wrestling team released its schedule Wednesday. For...

Athletic director Josh Whitman (left) poses with new head wrestling coach Mike Poeta at a press conference Thursday. Poeta takes over for recently retired coach Jim Heffernan.

Poeta begins new chapter in wrestling program

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

When Mike Poeta was introduced to the Illinois faithful...

New head wrestling coach Mike Poeta instructs a wrestler from the sidelines during the meet against Purdue on Jan. 22. Poeta was previously the assistant coach for four years but was promoted after previous head coach Jim Heffernan retired.

Mike Poeta announced as new wrestling head coach

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

Today, the Illinois wrestling program named Mike Poeta...

Illinois head wrestling coach Jim Heffernan shakes the hand of a wrestler after a match against Purdue on Jan. 22. Heffernan has just announced his retirement after 29 years in the Illinois wrestling program.

Illinois wrestling coach Jim Heffernan announces retirement

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor

After a combined 29 years with the University of Illinois...

Lucas Byrd throws his opponent to the ground during competition. Byrd recently placed fifth at the NCAA Championships.

Byrd continues family wrestling legacy, places fifth in NCAA Championships debut

By Andre Thomas, Contributing Writer

All athletes have something that motivates them to...

Senior Dylan Duncan wrestles against a man from Rutgers at the 2021 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Missouri this weekend. Dylan Ducan and Lucas Byrd tied for fifth after competing with some of the best wrestlers in the nation.

Byrd, Duncan finish fifth at NCAA Championships

By Andre Thomas, Contributing Writer

Last year, all spring and winter NCAA championships...

Redshirt freshman Lucas Byrd lifts his opponent off the ground while competing at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday. Byrd placed 3rd in the 133-pounds weight class.

Byrd carries struggling Illini in Big Ten tournament

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

With Penn State hosting the Big Ten championship, it...

Illini wrestler Matt Wroblewski begins a match against Purdue on Jan. 24 at Huff Hall. Wroblewski has taken advantage of COVID-19 by working on his strength as the playoffs approach.

Illini look to continue success as playoffs approach

By Isaac Heppner, Staff Writer

It’s no secret that the Illini wrestling team is...

Redshirt junior Matt Wroblewski wrestles his opponent during the match against Northwestern on Sunday. Illinois won the match 31-6.

Illini split matches with Minnesota, Northwestern over weekend

By Isaac Heppner, Staff Writer

The No. 9 ranked Illini had a busy past couple of days...

Sophomore Zac Braunagel works to flip his opponent  during the meet against Purdue on Jan. 22. The Illini will face off against Minnesota tonight in Minneapolis.

No. 9 Illinois travels to Minnesota, Northwestern in weekend doubleheader

By Isaac Heppner, Staff Writer

The Illinois men’s wrestling team has a busy weekend,...

Freshman Luke Odom locks his opponents arm during the meet against Purdue on Jan. 24. Odom picked up ones of two Illinois wins during the meet against Iowa on Sunday.

Illinois’ perfect run comes to an end in loss to No. 1 Iowa

By Isaac Heppner, Staff Writer

The Illini men’s wrestling team suffered their first...

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