Orange and Blue travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the championships
Friday's dual is live on the Big Ten Network
Illini compete in final open tournament of the regular season
Illini pair win titles on Saturday
Illini compete in fourth open meet of the season.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Iowa match on Feb. 8, 2013
2012-13: Notched a 12-1 record before suffering a season ending ankle injury ... Won the Northern Iowa Open ... Placed second at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open ... Was ranked a career-high No. 14 by W.I.N. Magazine ... Won five matches by pins, a new career-best.
2011-12:Went 12-19 during the season, including defeating No. 10 Mike McClure (Michigan State) in sudden victory ... Posted a 2-6 record in Big Ten duals ... Defeated Cole Tobin (Wisconsin), 6-1 ... Went 0-3 at the Big Ten Championships ... Went 0-2 at Midlands ... Placed fifth at the Loras Open ... Set a career-high in pins, with four this season.
2010-11: Full-time starter at heavyweight, going 10-14 ... Placed second at the Lindenwood Open ... Went 1-2 at both the Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands ... Went 0-2 at the Big Ten Championships.
2009-10: Split starting duties at heavyweight with Martin Smith ... Went 10-14 on the season, including a 2-6 dual record and an 0-3 Big Ten dual mark ... Went 4-2 at the Lindenwood Open to start the season ... Went 3-2 at the Eastern Michigan Open ... Was 1-2 at the Sprawl and Brawl duals ... Went 0-2 at the Las Vegas Invitational ... Went 1-2 at Midlands.
2008-09: Redshirt season ... Went 11-6, finishing second at the Dan Gable Open, third at the Duhawk Open and fourth at the Missouri Open ... Started the season 4-2 at the Missouri Open ... Went 2-1 at the Dan Gable Open and 4-1 at the Duhawk Open ... Went 1-2 at the UNI Open.
HIGH SCHOOL: Placed second at the 2008 IHSA Class AA state championships at 215 pounds ... Placed fifth at the 2007 IHSA Class AA state championships and sixth in 2006, both at 215 pounds ... Three-time All-DuPage Valley Conference selection ... Two-time All-State football selection ... Three-time All-DuPage Valley Conference football selection.
PERSONAL: Born on April 11, 1990 ... Parents are James and Laura Walker ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Has an older sister, Erin, and an older brother, Tim ... Father, James, wrestled at Illinois State ... Sister, Erin, played volleyball at Western Illinois ... Brother, Tim, played football at Western Illinois ... Credits his mother for being his biggest inspiration ... Lists Brian Urlacher as his favorite athlete because of his leadership, work ethic and intensity.