Session 1 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.
Three-time All-American and four-time Academic All-American Wynn Michalak enters his first season as volunteer assistant coach with the Fighting Illini in 2012-13. Michalak comes to Illinois from Central Michigan University, he was a graduate assistant coach from 2008-2012 and has spent the last two years as a resident athlete at the Olympic Training Center.
Post collegiately, Michalak was the 2010 Hargobind International champion and was runner-up at the 2011 Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Open and Sunkist Kids International Open. During his time at Central Michigan, Michalak was a three-time All-American and was the fourth individual in Mid-American Conference history to win four conference titles, the first Chippewa to accomplish the feat. The standout wrestler was also a three-time MAC Wrestler of the Year and the 2005 MAC Freshman of the Year. Michalak also earned the 2007 CMU Dick Enberg Inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which is given to a junior student-athlete who has a minimum of 3.20 GPA and who has performed with distinction their sport and considered a team leader.