Photos from Mike Poeta's championship match against Nebraska's Jordan Burroughs.
Photos by Kevin Schlosser.
Photos from Mike Poeta's title match at the 2008 NCAA Championships.
Photos from Mike Poeta's victory over Penn State's Dan Vallimont in their 2008 NCAA semifinal bout.
Illinois comes from behind and beats Penn State.
Photos from No. 16 Illinois' 21-12 victory over No. 8 Northwestern.
A two-time NCAA finalist at 157 in 2008 and 2009, Mike Poeta begins his first season as an assistant coach in 2009-10. Poeta brings a wealth of experience and success to the Illinois staff, having also won Big Ten championships at 157 in 2008 and 2009.
A three-time All-American, Poeta finished third at the 2007 NCAA Championships and won the 157-pound title at Midlands in 2007 and 2008. He ranks second in career winning percentage at .882 and his 2008 campaign is the eighth-best single-season winning percentage in school history.
His 105 career victories rank 17th and his 35 wins in 2008 are ninth-best. He is only the 10th three-time All-American in school history.
Poeta completed his bachelor's degree in community health in May 2009.