Illini Wrestling Pulls Out of App State Meet

On Tuesday, the Illinois wrestling team announced via Twitter that they were withdrawing from this weekend’s Mountaineer Invitational at Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina due to COVID-19 issues within the Illinois team. This marks the first time since the return of college sports in the fall of 2020 that any Illinois team has needed to cancel a competition because of COVID-19 concerns, according to a release from the Fighting Illini website. This ends a streak of more than 400 consecutive Fighting Illini athletic events without self-imposed COVID-19 disruption.

According to the University of Illinois’s shield testing data, there have been 188 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days. The current positivity rate is a 1.05% with a 0.61% rate over 30 days.

The Illinois wrestling team is set to compete next on November 20th at the Lindenwood Open at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.