Under the tutleage of then head coach Mark Johnson, the University of Illinois Wrestling Team became one of the nation's top wrestling programs. Since 1990 there have been seven individual NCAA champions. There have also been thirty nine all-Americans. As a team the University of Illinois Wrestling Team has finished in the top twelve at the NCAA Championships for the last 12 seasons. They also won the Big Ten Championship in 2005 for the first time in fifty three years.
For the year 2007 the Illinois Wrestling Team saw a dramatic turn of events. They finished the season 19th at the NCAA Championships and turned in one All-American performance in a third-place finish by Mike Poeta. And is second only to California.