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Illinois Matmen Wrestling News

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    Test of the Best 3: Results

    GENEVA, IL • This past weekend’s Test of the Best 3 was nothing short of spectacular. The bouts had everything a wrestling fan could hope for: tight matches that were one takedown away in the closing seconds; the top man having to ride his opponent out for the win; high-scoring matches; comebacks; slick moves; and the […] More

  • Illinois brings back nine medals from the Women’s Ironman

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH • This past weekend, one day after hosting the prestigious Walsh Jesuit High School Men’s Ironman, Walsh Jesuit turned right around on Sunday and hosted what will become, no doubt, the toughest women’s tournament in the country, their first Women’s Ironman. And, as Illinois made the trip with several very talented and nationally […] More

  • Davino Claims Second Ironman Title; Illinois Places 12 Others

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH • The Ironman is lauded as the one of the most prestigious and competitive high school tournaments in the country, and that it attracts the best wrestlers from all over the country—and there is no arguing this. The two-day grind that is the boys’ tournament brought in the best from all over and, […] More

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    Barrington powers through “The Gassen,” but there is work to be done

    DOWNERS GROVE • Sixteen teams wrestled it out in the Downers Grove South fieldhouse this weekend, grinding through five matches in an exciting and intimate atmosphere, and each coming away with early December successes and techniques to both celebrate and work on. And, although sixteen teams came in with various understandings on who they are or […] More

  • Illinois Hopes to Inspire by Placing the “Illini for the Kids” Event Center Stage

    CHAMPAIGN • When Illinois head wrestling coach Mike Poeta remembers moments in his youth, he cannot recall any of them without the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF) being present. So, when Cassie Arner, the university’s Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Fan Engagements, approached Poeta about an event that would help benefit the IKWF while bringing […] More

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    Test of the Best Set to Open Illinois’ Wrestling Season

    BEDFORD PARK • Wrestling season is just about here, and Illinois MatMen is proud to lead into the 2023-2024 season with its annual Test of the Best event. This year’s competition will take place on Saturday night inside the Wintrust Sports Complex in Bedford Park at 6:30 p.m., and it will be packed with talent. In […] More

  • Futrell to Northwestern as Storniolo Continues to Build NU’s Program

    EVANSTON • In a press release out of Northwestern University on Wednesday morning, Illinois native and two-time All-American B.J. Futrell has been hired by NU head coach Matt Storniolo as the newest addition to his coaching staff.  “I’m thrilled to welcome BJ to our Wildcat family,” Storniolo commented in the release. “He was a fierce competitor […] More

  • 16U Conquers the Greco Field with 3 Titles and 13 All-Americans Crowned

    FARGO, ND • As Team Illinois saw its Junior division losing pace in the national team race, it watched on as it 16U-ers simply came out and conquered the field by pushing seven wrestlers into the finals—one head-to-head matchup—and crowing thirteen total All-Americans. When it was all said and done, Illinois crowned three induvial national champions […] More

  • 16U Freestyles to National Runner-Up Finish with a Champ and 14 All-Americans

    FARGO, ND • A great deal of excitement surrounds Team Illinois’ 16U team as they came to Fargo with something to prove. They proved it in Greco-Roman with a national championship, and they were in the running for a title in Freestyle, coming extremely close to coming back to the Land of Lincoln with two team […] More

  • Juniors Place Seventh with 2 Champs and 5 All-Americans

    FARGO, ND • The Team Illinois Junior Freestyle team did not exactly accomplish everything that they wanted to as a team by the time they exited the Fargodome; however, as individuals, there were several wrestlers who wrestled above themselves, learned a great deal about themselves and their wrestling, and five others who braved all the Fargo […] More

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