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Illinois dominates in Bloomington, defeats Indiana in conference opener

Redshirt sophomore Danny Braunagel pins an opponent at a previous match. Braunagel helped secured the win against Indiana at the meet on Saturday.
January 11, 2021

The Illini wrestling team defeated the Indiana Hoosiers 39-3 on Sunday, the program's largest margin of victory in Bloomington in school history. The Illini won bouts in nine out of ten of their matches...

Illini wrestling opens 2021 campaign at Indiana

Junior Danny Braunagel sizes up his opponent during the meet against Purdue on Feb. 16, 2020. Braunagel was a NCAA qualifier in the 2019-2020 season.
January 10, 2021

The Illinois wrestling team will begin its 2021 season this Sunday as it gets set to take on the Indiana Hoosiers. The Illini will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, and will look to secure a victory in this...

Jake DiBenedetto, senior lead Illini wrestling through challenging year

Senior Jake DiBenedetto squares up with his opponent during competition.
January 1, 2021

The Illini men’s wrestling team lost six key seniors from last year's roster. With many new freshmen joining the team, seniors are taking it upon themselves to lead the team despite the COVID obstacles...

Illini’s conference-only schedule released

Sophomore Luke Luffman works to push the arm of his opponent away during the meet against Purdue on Feb. 16.
December 31, 2020

After months of COVID-19 affecting the season, wrestling will be back in Huff Hall this winter as the Illini look to build off of its 10-4 record last season with a conference only slate spanning from...

Illinois athletics receives National Letters of Intent from dozens of athletes on Signing Day

The Illinois volleyball team huddles up in a match against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019. The volleyball team was one of the many Illinois programs to have players sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
November 11, 2020

The NCAA’s national signing period for high school athletes of all sports except football began on Nov. 11. Today, dozens of athletes from across the country signed their National Letter of Intent to...

Illini wrestling team restarts practices with COVID-19 protocols

Illinois wrestlers grapple during practice on Thursday. The wrestling team has recently restarted practices with new COVID-19 precautions.
November 2, 2020

The Illini wrestling team has not suited up for practice since March. The COVID-19 pandemic forced all facilities to shut down, which caused the team to suspend all future practices and events. On Sept....

Team of the Century: Wrestling wins 2005 Big Ten Title

Team of the Century: Wrestling wins 2005 Big Ten Title
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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