Illini win nail-bitter against Northwestern 25-24

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  • Illinois' Isaiah Martinez starting off strong against Penn State's Jason Nolf during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Illini lost 19-1.

    Kara Landolt

  • Illinois' Isaiah Martinez starting off strong against Penn State's Jason Nolf during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Illini lost 19-1.

    Kara Landolt

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By Stephen Cohn

Illinois dropped the first four bouts of the day to the Wildcats before pulling out 5 of the final 6 matches on the afternoon. The victory was clinched in the heavyweight bout by Illinois’ Brooks Black. The Illini return home to face Minnesota in the regular season finale on Friday night.