BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Hononegah High School state champion Fernie Silva will head into the Big Ten Tournament this weekend in Minnesota as the University of Indiana's top 149-pounder.
Silva is a junior transfer who was a 2018 NCAA Division II All-American and a former IHSA state champ. He wrestled for two seasons at Notre Dame College.
With the Hoosiers, Silva has been the starting 149-pounder for the past eight meets. He has posted an overall record of 4-9 and a dual-meet mark of 3-7. In just Big Ten duals, he is 2-4. He has posted three pins and one technical fall.
Silva isn't seeded heading into Saturday's action at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota. The top eight wrestlers received seeds, led by No. 1 Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers, No. 2 Micah Jordan of Ohio State and No. 3 Pat Lugo of Iowa.
The Hoosiers were 6-12 overall during the dual-match season and 1-8 in the Big Ten.
• Last season in Des Moines, Silva earned third place in the 157-pound national championship with a 4-1 record and one fall. He sealed his All-American status with a 7-5 decision over Ryan Strople of McKendree and earned third place on the podium with a 12-7 decision over Matt Malcom of Nebraska-Kearney.
As a freshman, Silva was an alternate selection at the 2-17 National Championship after taking fifth at the D-II Super Regional.
At Hononegah, Silva earned Beloit Daily News Wrestler of the Year honors as he captured the 2016 IHSA title at 152 pounds. He also reached the finals in 2014 at 145. His 2016 title run included a major decision and two pins, clinching the top spot with a 3:32 fall in his final match. He also qualified for the 2015 IHSA Championships, going 1-2 with a major decision.