Wrestling
Novachkov to Train in Champaign

 
Boris Novachkov will train locally and assist the Illini wrestling team during the upcoming season.
Boris Novachkov will train locally and assist the Illini wrestling team during the upcoming season.
 

June 14, 2012

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan announced that three-time All-American Boris Novachkov will train locally and assist the Illini wrestling team during the upcoming season. Novachkov comes to Illinois from Cal-Poly, where he wrestled for the Mustangs from 2007-2012.

"Boris (Novachkov) will be a great asset to the program and community," Heffernan said. "Having someone with realistic goals of being an Olympian is a very positive thing for our program. In addition to his training, Boris will assist the program administratively in our daily operations."

Novachkov was Cal Poly's first three-time NCAA Division I All-American with his third-place finish in this year's national championships (141 pounds), placing runner-up last year at 141 pounds and seventh at 133 pounds in 2010. During his four-years as a Mustang, Novachkov posted a 121-33 record and was a two-time Pac-12 champion in 2010 and 2011 and was conference runner-up this year and third in 2008. He was also named Cal-Poly's Male Athlete of the Year and shared the Mustang's Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.

"I'm excited to become a part of the Illini wrestling program," Novachkov said. "It's a great opportunity for me to grow as a wrestler and continue to do what I love to do. I'm looking forward to training for the world and Olympic teams as well as help the team reach their goals."

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