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Team of the Century: Wrestling wins 2005 Big Ten Title

Team of the Century: Wrestling wins 2005 Big Ten Title

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant On-Air Editor

May 4, 2020

When Illini fans reminisce about the 2004-2005 Illinois athletic year, they often talk about the great basketball team that won the Big Ten title and finished runner-ups in the NCAA tournament. But that basketball team wasn’t the only team that brought back a Big Ten championship that season. Th...

Wrestlers reflect on careers, look toward future

Senior Travis Piotrowski grabs at a Purdue opponent's shoulder during the Illinois' dual against Purdue at Huff Hall on Feb. 16.

By Brendyn Jones, On-Air Editor

March 25, 2020

Senior Travis Piotrowski was in class on a Thursday when he got a text from head coach Jim Heffernan calling the team in for a meeting. After he got the text, he could not sit still; he knew what was going to happen. At that point, because of COVID-19, the NCAA had already taken multiple steps to reduce ...

Seven Illini see season end with championships on the horizon

Senior Travis Piotrowski wrestles a Purdue opponent during the Illinois' dual against Purdue at Huff Hall on Feb. 16.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

The Big Ten Conference has canceled all remaining competitions for winter and spring sports. As a result, the remaining wrestling season has been canceled. The Big Ten Conference is taking precautions against the COVID-19 virus and encourages safety first. The University of Illinois stands by the Bi...

Wrestling finishes 11 in Big Ten

Senior Travis Piotrowski grabs the leg of a Purdue opponent during a meet on Feb. 16 at Huff Hall. Last weekend, Piotrowski qualified for the NCAA Championships after a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Tournament.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

The Illinois wrestling team competed in the Big Ten Championships last weekend, finishing 11th overall and scoring a total of 49 points in the tournament.  Redshirt freshman Justin Cardani didn't give up a single point against Maryland's Brandon Cray in his first match of the tournament, scoring a 4-0 ...

Six Illini earn bids to NCAA Championships following Big Ten tourney

Senior Travis Piotrowski wrestles Austin Assad during the Illinois’ dual against Michigan on Jan. 26 at Huff Hall. Six Illini wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant Sports Editor

March 9, 2020

Six Illini qualified for the NCAA Tournament following victories during Session II and Session III of the Big Ten Tournament in Piscataway, New Jersey this weekend. The cast of redshirt seniors Erin Barone, Joey Gunther, senior Travis Piotrowski, redshirt junior Dylan Duncan, and redshirt freshmen...

Illini wrestling to attend Big Ten Wrestling Championship

Freshman Justin Cardani looks at his opponent during the meet against Purdue on Feb. 16 at Huff Hall. Cardani has earned the No. 4 seed spot and holds a No. 19 national ranking.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

The 106th Big Ten Wrestling Championships kicks off this weekend on Saturday and runs through Sunday in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Big Ten released preliminary seeds, ranking the 14 starting wrestlers in each weight class from every school competing in the conference. The rankings were...

Illinois caps season with 23-9 win over Fresno State

Senior Travis Piotrowski wrestles Michigan opponent Garrett Pepple during Illinois’ dual meet against Michigan at Huff Hall on Jan. 26. Illinois dominated Fresno State, winning 23-9.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

February 24, 2020

The Illinois wrestling team had its final dual meet in Huff Hall against Fresno State and won with a decisive 23-9 team score. Redshirt freshman Justin Cardani, senior Travis Piotrowski, redshirt senior Eric Barone, redshirt freshman Danny Braunagel, redshirt senior Joey Gunther, redshirt freshman Zac...

Illini fall to Purdue in close meet

Justin Cardani wrestles against a Purdue opponent at Huff Hall on Sunday.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

The No. 15 Illini wrestling team faced No. 8 Purdue on Sunday at Huff Hall, losing a close meet with a score of 18-14. Illinois victories came from seniors Travis Piotrowski and Eric Barone, redshirt-freshman Danny Braunagel and redshirt-sophomore Matt Wroblewski.  Piotrowski wrest...

Illinois edges past Northwestern at Huff Hall

Dylan Duncan takes down Michigan opponent Cole Mattin during the Illinois dual against Michigan at Huff Hall on Jan. 26.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Illinois defeated Northwestern, 19-18, on Sunday at Huff Hall. Redshirt freshman Justin Cardani, senior Travis Piotrowski, redshirt junior Dylan Duncan, redshirt freshman Zac Braunagel and freshman Luke Luffman all won individual matches Sunday.  Cardani began his first period scrambling fo...

Illinois takes down Michigan State 18-12

Senior Travis Piotrowski takes down Michigan opponent Garrett Pepple during Illinois’ dual meet against Michigan at Huff Hall on Jan. 26. The Illini are 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten conference play.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

Illinois wrestling scored another conference victory over Michigan State on Friday, and Northwestern Sunday Senior Travis Piotrowski, redshirt junior Dylan Duncan, redshirt freshman Danny Braunagel, redshirt senior Joey Gunther, redshirt sophomore Matt Wroblewski and freshman Luke Luffman all won matches f...

Illini defeat Wolverines at Huff Hall Sunday

The Illinois Wrestling team cheer for Justin Cardani before his match during the Illinois vs. Michigan dual on Sunday.

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

The Illini wrestling team defeated the Michigan Wolverines at Huff Hall, 20-13, on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Justin Cardani, senior Travis Piotrowski, redshirt junior Dylan Duncan, redshirt freshman Danny Braunagel, redshirt senior Joey Gunther, and redshirt freshman Zac Braunagel all won their matches...

Luffman sets pace for freshman season

Freshman Luke Luffman points out to the crowd after defeating Missouri’s Rodrigo Diaz  at Francis Howell High School in St. Louis on Nov. 14.

By Andrew Medina, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2019

Luke Luffman’s freshman campaign has taken off this season. Luffman began wrestling at seven-years-old when a wrestling coach spotted him at his brother’s football practice. The coach encouraged Luffman to take up wrestling. And, soon after joining, Luffman dominated the wrestling mat, eventually...

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