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Nepomnyaschiy provides insight on life, wrestling in Russia

Nepomnyaschiy provides insight on life, wrestling in Russia

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

December 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

About 300 miles south of Moscow, Russia, and 200 miles to the east of Ukraine is the city Voronezh. It’s a large city, sporting about 1 million residents, and is the westernmost city in the entire country. It contains a large number of museums, libraries, theaters and many other amenities that accom...

Illinois wrestling drops heartbreaker at Iowa

Illinois wrestling drops heartbreaker at Iowa

By Rishab Sikri, Contributing writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

It all came down to a pin in the final match. In a matchup that featured multiple ranked wrestlers on each side, No. 15 Illinois narrowly dropped a heartbreaker against No. 7 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Illinois was determined to make a statement by pulling off the upset against a top Big Ten oppon...

Illini Wrestling prepares for dual meet against Iowa on Friday

Illini Wrestling prepares for dual meet against Iowa on Friday

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

When the No. 15-ranked Illinois wrestling team travels to Iowa City on Friday, it will be looking to knock off No. 7 Iowa and hand the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season. These two teams have not competed against one another since January 2016 of the 2015-2016 season, in which the then-No. 14 Illini...

Illinois wrestling prepares for big weekend in California

Illinois wrestling prepares for big weekend in California

By Rishab Sikri, Contributing writer

November 17, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

After a disappointing loss against Missouri in the season opener, the Illinois wrestling team is looking to turn things around as it travels to California for a weekend of competition. On Friday, No. 16 Illinois will be at Fresno State for a dual meet against the Bulldogs. After a one-day break, the...

Illinois wrestling falls to Missouri 20-17 in season opener

Illinois wrestling falls to Missouri 20-17 in season opener

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

November 8, 2017


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

The Illinois wrestling team was excited and eager to wrestle for the first action of the season going into its season opener. The Illini had their work cut out for them, competing with No. 5 Missouri on its home softball field. Although the Illini took the lead early on and had four individual victories...

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...

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