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Illini defeat Wolverines in top-15 Big Ten clash

Illini defeat Wolverines in top-15 Big Ten clash

Brian Binz, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Illinois wrestling emerged looking like a top team after taking down No. 15 Michigan Friday, 34-6. The No. 12 Illini got key wins from seniors Zane Richards and Zac Brunson and junior Kyle Langendefer over higher ranked Wolverines' opponents. Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan complimented Richards... Read more »

Illinois wrestling drops match against No. 4 Ohio State

Illinois wrestling drops match against No. 4 Ohio State

Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor
January 17, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Despite a strong effort, the No. 14 Illinois wrestling team was not able to take down No. 4 Ohio State. Illinois wins came from freshman Travis Piotrowski, Kyle Langenderfer, No. 1 Isaiaah Martinez and Zac Brunson. However, that would not be nearly enough, as the Illini fell 29-18. Head coach... Read more »

Illinois wrestling wins big in season opener

Illinois wrestling wins big in season opener

Masaki Sugimoto, Editor in chief
December 5, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

The Illinois wrestling team did not go home empty-handed at the Northern Iowa Open. The highlight was Isaiah Martinez who made his debut at 165 pounds. Martinez had won two consecutive titles at 157 pounds — only losing one match in the last two two years. Martinez showed that he deserved to be ranked as the top wrestler ... Read more »

Breakdowns of each weight class for Illinois wrestling

Breakdowns of each weight class for Illinois wrestling

Masaki Sugimoto, Editor in chief
September 1, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Here are the 10 weight classes to watch for this upcoming season. 125 pounds This weight class certainly is not the one that other squads feared during the reign of Jesse Delgado. Francis Edelen held the spot last year. He goes into the season with the most experience, along with freshmen David R... Read more »

Four weight classes to watch with Illinois wrestling

Four weight classes to watch with Illinois wrestling

Masaki Sugimoto, Editor-in-chief
August 30, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Here are the four weight classes to watch for this upcoming season. 125 pounds This weight class certainly was not the one that other squads feared during the reign of Jesse Delgado. Franci Edelin held the spot last year. He goes into the season with the most experience, along with freshmen David... Read more »

Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year Award recipients announced

Will Gerard, Staff Writer
June 17, 2016
Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Wrestling

Isaiah Martinez and Jocelynn Birks were today selected for the Dike Eddleman Award, which is annual awarded to the top male and female athlete at the University as voted on by Illinois head coaches and the DIA athletics awards committee. Martinez had continued success over the past season following... Read more »

Two wrestlers to join Team USA in Turkey

Two wrestlers to join Team USA in Turkey

Daily Illini Sports Staff Report
June 8, 2016
Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Wrestling

Instead of “I-L-L,” Isiah Martinez and Zane Richards will hear “U-S-A” in October. The Illini wrestlers will join a team of seven for the World Championships in Corum, Turkey, on Oct. 25-30. Martinez and Richards qualified for the national team after winning titles at the University Nationals. Martinez,... Read more »

2016 Illini of the Year: Isaiah Martinez

2016 Illini of the Year: Isaiah Martinez

May 8, 2016
Filed under Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wrestling

Entering his sophomore campaign, Illinois wrestler Isaiah Martinez was one-fourth of the way done with the goal he set coming into college: go undefeated and win four national championships. But on Jan. 23, one part of Martinez’s could no longer be accomplished. The date marked the soon-to-be tw... Read more »

Meet your new Illinois athletic director: Josh Whitman

Michal Dwojak, Staff writer
February 18, 2016
Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Golf, Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Swim & Dive, Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Now that the University of Illinois has announced that Josh Whitman will be the school’s next athletic director, it’s a good time to learn who the new leader of Illinois athletics is. Whitman’s ties to Illinois started in 1997 when he first lined up at tight end for Ron Turner. He finish... Read more »