Dec. 2, 2008
Wrestler of the Week:
Jimmy Kennedy, Illinois
Junior - Weight Class: 133
Ingleside, Ill. / Grant Community
Illinois' No. 4 Jimmy Kennedy garners his first weekly laurel after upsetting No. 2 Jayson Ness of Minnesota in a 7-5 decision, at the NWCA All-Star Classic at St. John Arena on Nov. 24. Kennedy scored a takedown seven seconds into the bout and added another in the first period for an early 4-2 lead. From there, Kennedy fended off numerous late attacks from his highly-touted opponent to claim his first win over a higher-ranked wrestler since beating Iowa's Joey Slaton on Feb. 24, 2008. His win marks the fifth straight win by Illini wrestlers at the All-Star Classic and improves his record to 4-0 this season with his three previous victories coming by major decision at the ACC/Big Ten Clash.
Last Illinois WOW: Jordan Blanton (11/18/08)