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Emotions linger for former Illinois State wrestler

Former college and Olympic wrestler Kevin Bracken still mourns loss of program

Updated: April 26, 2012, 8:16 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill

They came from places such as Urbana, Ill., home of the Sweetcorn Festival, and spots all over the state of Illinois. No, this was not a wrestling juggernaut. The Illinois State wrestling team occasionally knocked off a few top-20 teams in duals but was never going to hoist a national championship trophy. The team operated on a shoestring budget. Three to four guys to a room on road trips, one bus rolling through stops all over the barren Midwestern landscape.

Kevin Bracken's ...

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