Mark Johnson looks to record the 100th victory of his coaching career.
Dec. 10, 1999
Number 100 for Johnson:
With a win today against either Marquette or Southern Illinois, head coach Mark Johnson will record the 100th victory of his coaching career. Johnson had a two-year record of 20-5-2 from 1990-92 at Oregon State and is 79-23-1 as head coach of the Illini. Overall, Johnson is in his tenth year as a division one head coach, and he has a record of 99-28-3 (.771).
THE JOHNSON LEDGER:
About Today's Matches:
Today's dual between Marquette and Illinois will mark the third meeting all-time between the two schools. Illinois holds a 2-0 record in the series. Marquette enters the dual with an 0-1 record while the Illini are 1-0. Following the Marquette dual, the Illini will tangle with a more familiar foe in Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Illini and Cougars have met 17 times with UI holding a 10-6-1 advantage. This will be the first dual of the season for Southern Illinois.
In the Rankings:
Eight Illini are ranked in the Dec. 8 InterMat national rankings. They are: Ryan Escobar, 14th at 125 pounds, Carl Perry, 8th at 141, Adam Tirapelle, 2nd at 149, Griff Powell, 7th at 157, Bill Zeman, 10th at 165, Nate Patrick, 9th at 184, Pat Quirk, 5th at 197 and John Lockhart, 4th at heavyweight.