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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...

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.
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...

Illini fall to Purdue in close meet

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

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.
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...

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.
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...

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