Mark Johnson's two new
recruits will give the Fighting
Illini a powerful 2000-01 lineup.
Nov. 11, 1999
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- University of Illinois head wrestling coach Mark Johnson announced today the signing of two top recruits. Mark Jayne (Elyria, Ohio, St. Edward High School) and Paul Collum (Romeoville High School) have signed national letters of intent and will join Johnson's third-ranked Fighting Illini in the fall of 2000.
Both wrestlers bring impressive credentials to what could potentially be Johnson's most powerful Illini lineup in the 2000-01 season. Jayne and Collum were both members of the Cadet World team with wins in their respective weight classes at the Cadet world team trials for 15 and 16-year olds.
Jayne, who enters his senior season as a three-time Ohio state placewinner, is the two-time defending state champion at 119 pounds. He has compiled a record of 109-10 while his team has won the last three state championships. Jayne is the 1999 Junior National greco champion while placing third at the Junior National freestyle championships. He also placed second at the 1997 junior world team trials. He is projected to compete at 133 pounds.
Collum has posted a record of 111-6 at Romeoville High School and is a two-time Illinois state high school champion. He was a Cadet national champion in 1998 and is projected to compete at 141 pounds for the Fighting Illini.
"Mark and Paul are as good as any recruits we have signed since I arrived at Illinois," Johnson said. "I think these two young men choose Illinois because they want to compete individually to win a national championship and also have the opportunity to be on a national championship contending team."