Second year Illini assistant awarded post season honor
Illinois lands No. 3 and No. 5 overall recruits
Five wrestlers qualify for senior world team trials in August
Two other Illini place third and fourth at World Trials
Illini Transfer Takes Title at 63 KG
Session 1 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.
Session 2 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.
Photos from Illinois vs. Penn State dual on Feb. 3, 2013
Mark Perry begins his second season on the Fighting Illini coaching staff after being named the associate head coach in April 2011. Perry comes to Illinois from Cal Poly, where he served as co-head coach last season and as an assistant coach in 2009-10.
Perry won a pair of NCAA titles at Iowa, taking the crown at 165 pounds in 2007 and 2008. He was a four-time All-American from 2005-08 and won a Big Ten title in 2007. He helped lead the Hawkeyes to an NCAA team national title in 2008 and was a team captain from 2005-08.
A native of Stillwater, Okla., Perry was the 17th four-time All-American and 14th two-time national champion in NCAA history. He defeated Michigan's Eric Tannenbaum in the championship match in 2008 and took down two-time defending champion Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State in the 2007 finals. Perry also defeated Tannenbaum in the 2007 Big Ten championship match. Perry also won the Gorrarian Trophy after he pinned four opponents at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
He was named the NWCA Rookie of the Year in 2005 and the Iowa Athlete of the Year in 2007. Perry also was a four-time finalist at the Midlands Championships, winning two titles.
The former Hawkeye wrestler was an assistant coach at Penn State in 2008-09 before taking the position at Cal Poly in 2009. At Penn State, Perry helped a pair of wrestlers to freshman All-America honors and he has directed Mark Perry Wrestling Camps nationwide for the past four summers.
Perry earned his B.A. in art from Iowa in 2008. He was a two-time high school national champion at Blair Academy in New Jersey and a three-time Asics High School All-American while posting a 169-7 career record.
The Perry File
Born: June 16, 1984
Education: B.S. in art (studio emphasis), University of Iowa, 2008
2010-11 Co-Head Coach - Cal Poly
2009-10 Assistant Coach - Cal Poly
2008-09 Assistant Coach - Penn State
Two-time NCAA Champion (2007, 2008) - 165 pounds
Four-time NCAA All-American (2005-08)
NCAA Gorrarian Award for most falls in NCAA Championships - 2006
Big Ten Champion (2007) - 165 pounds
Four-time Big Ten Finalist (2005-08)
Two-time Midlands Championships Champion (2005, 2008) - 165 pounds
University of Iowa Athlete of the Year - 2007