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Illini set to fight Hawkeyes

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

January 24, 2019

The No. 20-ranked Illinois wrestling team (2-3) is set to host No. 4-ranked Iowa (8-0) this Friday at Huff Hall. The Illini are looking to even both their overall and conference records with a win against the Hawkeyes. The Illini are coming off of a loss to the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers last week...

Illinois wrestling to host Golden Gophers

Illinois wrestling to host Golden Gophers

By Brendyn Jones

January 17, 2019

The No. 14 Illini wrestling team is coming off of a 1-1 weekend in Michigan where they picked up a win against Michigan State but dropped a meet against No. 5 Michigan. The program is in the midst of conference competition and will be wrestling against Big Ten teams until nationals in March. Next up o...

Parker strong as Illini take down Spartans but fall to Wolverines

Parker strong as Illini take down Spartans but fall to Wolverines

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

January 14, 2019

The No. 14-ranked Illinois wrestling team is in the thick of Big Ten play. The Illini started conference competition on Friday with an 18-15 win against the Michigan State Spartans. The Illini picked up six wins and four losses against the Spartans, ending with an overtime victory to win in the last...

Illini prepare for second dual meet

Illini prepare for second dual meet

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018

The Illini are fresh off a trip to Las Vegas where three wrestlers placed in the top 10. Taking down two ranked opponents, 157-pound redshirt-junior Eric Barone placed seventh in his weight class. Mike Carr, a 141-pound redshirt-sophomore,  and Travis Piotrowski, a 125-pound junior, both placed sixth. Il...

Illini compete in Las Vegas

Illini compete in Las Vegas

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018

The Illini wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend to compete in the Cliff Keen Invitational. The last time Illinois competed, the team had a strong showing, with nine wrestlers placing at the Lindenwood Open. Illinois sent eight wrestlers to the tournament with a wrestler in every weight c...

Star wrestler Rachal offers guidance to younger twin brothers

Star wrestler Rachal offers guidance to younger twin brothers

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018

Deuce Rachal has made a name for himself in his time wrestling for  Illinois.  In a recent tournament appearance in St. Louis, the redshirt senior recorded three pins in four matches on his way to winning his weight division. The heavyweight wrestler has turned his reputation into a player who’s ha...

Illini bounce back in St. Louis match

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

November 12, 2018

After a team loss to Missouri in its first action of the season last weekend, the Illinois wrestling team headed to St. Louis to try to get back in the win column.  Illinois dominated throughout the tournament, earning three titles from Andre Lee, Johnny Mologousis and Deuce Rachal. Mologousis, competi...

Martinez and fellow Illini finish strong at NCAA tournament

Martinez and fellow Illini finish strong at NCAA tournament

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

March 23, 2018

Isaiah Martinez finished his collegiate career as runner-up at the NCAA Championships, being defeated in the 165-pound title bout by Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph. Martinez finishes his career with two national championships, four Big Ten championships and the highest percentage of career wins (.97...

Car accident takes life of Fighting Illini wrestler Francis Edelen

Car accident takes life of Fighting Illini wrestler Francis Edelen

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

March 22, 2018

Redshirt-sophomore wrestler Francis Edelen was killed in a hit-and-run on Interstate 57 in Champaign County on March 21. Edelen, 21, was from Oak Forest, Illinois. After being behind the wheel for a two-car accident, Edelen got out of his vehicle and was struck by a hit-and-run driver while he was...

Illini of the Week | A rematch one year in the making

Illini of the Week | A rematch one year in the making

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

March 8, 2018

Isaiah Martinez’ matchup against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph was a battle 351 days in the making. This was the fourth time these two would meet. Going in, Martinez was 2-1 against Joseph. Their previous matchup was in last year’s NCAA Championships, where the then-freshman Joseph pinned the two-time cham...

Martinez wins fourth Big Ten championship

Martinez wins fourth Big Ten championship

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

March 5, 2018

Isaiah Martinez made history on Sunday. Wrestling Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph in an NCAA Finals rematch, Martinez pulled through and secured his fourth Big Ten title -- the first time anybody has done that in school history. But he doesn't seem to think that much of the accomplishment. "It do...

Martinez begins preparing for his final postseason 

Martinez begins preparing for his final postseason 

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018

Throughout the entire season, senior Isaiah Martinez has zeroed in on one objective: getting back to the NCAA Championships and winning the national title. With the regular season officially coming to a close and the postseason under way, the NCAA Championships continue to inch closer. While the imm...

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