James J. Wilkinson
    James J. Wilkinson

    Sport/Years/Inducted:
    Wrestling/1949-80/1983


    Wilkinson established SIU's varsity wrestling program in 1950 and served as head coach for 18 years. He guided the Salukis to five IIAC championships and three top-five finishes in NCAA College Division national meets. In 1980, Wilkinson was named to the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame.