Mark Johnson Set To Be Inducted Into Quad City Sports Hall Of Fame


May 24, 2000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head wrestling coach Mark Johnson will be inducted into the Quad City Sports Hall of Fame tonight during the Quad City Salute to Sports honoring Quad City area high school athletes and hall of fame inductees. The event is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa.

Johnson, a native a Rock Island, Ill., was a three-time USA National Champion, a member of the 1980 Olympic team and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Olympic trials. As coach of the Fighting Illini, he has turned a dormant program into one of the top teams in the nation, leading the Illini to its top NCAA finish in the past 42 years this past season when UI finished sixth. Johnson, who will begin his ninth year at Illinois next season with a career record of 92-24-1, needs 11 dual victories to become the Illini's all-time winningest coach. B.R. Patterson won 103 duals from 1951-68, a span of 18 seasons.

The Quad City Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1987 and, after tonight's three inductions, includes 47 inductees including basketball's Don Nelson and football's Roger Craig and Kenny Anderson. A 60-member panel of media and hall of fame members vote on a ballot which includes 100 names and the top three vote getters are inducted. Joining Johnson in the 2000 class is Jaime Williams, who had a 12-year NFL career as a tight end, and Sharm Scheurman, who led Iowa to two Final Fours in basketball and, at the age of 24, became the youngest-ever Big Ten basketball coach.