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Illinois wrestling Martinez falls short of third consecutive title

Illinois wrestling Martinez falls short of third consecutive title

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

March 28, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

The match started like any other one for Isaiah Martinez. However, it quickly shifted to unfamiliar territory. Martinez began by taking down Penn State's Vincenzo Joseph on Saturday, March 18, and gaining a 2-0 advantage. However, the Penn State freshman rallied with an escape and a takedown and enter...

Illinois spring break sports briefs

Illinois spring break sports briefs

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

March 27, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling

Although the Illinois men's and women's basketball teams made news over spring break, other Illini sports competed during the break. Here is a rundown of some of the headlines Illini athletes made last week. Martinez loses title to Penn State in NCAA championship Junior Isaiah Martinez fell to...

Illini of the week March 8: Isaiah Martinez

Illini of the week March 8: Isaiah Martinez

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

March 9, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wrestling

Whenever Isaiah Martinez talks about wrestling, one word always seems to come up: legacy. Once again, Martinez added to his already impressive legacy on Sunday, defeating No. 2 Logan Massa for his third Big Ten title in three years and his first in the 165-pound weight class. “Legacy is everything to...

Martinez wins his third Big Ten title

Martinez wins his third Big Ten title

By Brina Binz, Staff writer

March 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

New weight, same result for Illinois wrestler Isaiah Martinez. It didn’t take long for the now three-time Big Ten champion to assert himself against Michigan’s Logan Massa, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after the end of the first period, following a takedown and four-point near fall. Martinez cruis...

Illinois wrestling begins postseason journey

Illinois wrestling begins postseason journey

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

March 2, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

It’s been almost a month since the Illinois wrestling team's last dual meet. Despite the time off, the Illini are confident that there will be no rust this weekend in the Big Ten tournament. “With what we did the last six weeks of the season, I think not having competition for two weekends in a row is a great ...

Brunson gets win No. 100 in Illinois wrestling senior night victory

Brunson gets win No. 100 in Illinois wrestling senior night victory

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Like he has done 100 times in his career at Illinois, Zac Brunson shook hands with his opponent, then had his left hand raised by the official. The Illini crowd stood and applauded, just as it has all this year at home. However, unlike the past, there won’t be a next time. Brunson claim...

Illinois wrestling win streak up to six after derailing Purdue

Illinois wrestling win streak up to six after derailing Purdue

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

February 6, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Standing 5-foot-3 and weighing 133 pounds, Zane Richards may not give the same impression as an offensive lineman from the football team, but there are few athletes on campus who have accomplished more than Richards has. The senior moved into the Illinois wrestling all time top-ten for wins last weeken...

Illini win streak up to four after weekend victories

Illini win streak up to four after weekend victories

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

January 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

The Illinois wrestling team continued its winning streak, defeating Michigan State 30-9 on Friday at Huff Hall and then Arizona State 26-9 on Sunday in Tempe, Arizona. On Friday, the Illini never trailed in the dual, and won eight of the nine contested matches, most by five points or more. It wasn’t un...

Illinois wrestling look to continue streak

Illinois wrestling look to continue streak

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

January 27, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

The Illinois wrestling team will look to continue its recent roll this Friday at home against Michigan State on 7 p.m. Illinois is riding a two-game win streak, defeating Michigan and Northern Illinois by double digits in Champaign last weekend. The Illini have bounced back from a difficult st...

Illini of the Week Jan. 25: Isaiah Martinez

Illini of the Week Jan. 25: Isaiah Martinez

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

January 25, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wrestling

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. The average observer might not be able to tell, but Isaiah Martinez di...

Illini defeat Wolverines in top-15 Big Ten clash

Illini defeat Wolverines in top-15 Big Ten clash

By 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...

Illinois wrestling drops match against No. 4 Ohio State

Illinois wrestling drops match against No. 4 Ohio State

By 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...

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