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Illinois bests Northern Illinois in first home meet of the season

An official holds up redshirt freshman Justin Cardani’s arm following his victory. The team defeated Northern Illinois in its first home meet of the season.

By Andrew Medina, Contributing Writer

December 9, 2019

The Illinois wrestling team defeated Northern Illinois in a 22-15 victory at Huff Hall Friday in the team’s first home meet of the season. Freshman Justin Cardani won the first match of the night at 125-pounds, 5-2. He took his opponent down twice and successfully controlled the match all six minute...

Illini face Huskies at home in dual-meet this Friday

Freshman Luke Luffman after winning a match against a Missouri opponent on Nov. 14.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Friday, the Illinois wrestling team will square off against Northern Illinois University in a dual meet at Huff Hall. The dual marks the first home match for the Illini this season. Illinois currently has an overall record of 2-1, while Northern Illinois sits at 4-2. The Illini are coming off of an over thr...

Luffman leads Illini to victory

Luffman leads Illini to victory

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

November 16, 2019

The Illini wrestling team traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday to face the No. 13-ranked Missouri Tigers at Francis Howell High School. In a hard-fought and dramatic battle, the Illini were able to pull off the upset in come-from-behind fashion to defeat the Tigers 19-14. Once again the Illini w...

Illinois splits weekend at Chattanooga Duels

Illinois’ Travis Piotrowski wrestles with Maryland’s Brandon Cray in the 125-pound weight class during the meet at Huff Hall on Jan. 28. The Illini won 25-18.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

The Illini traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee this weekend to compete in the Chattanooga Duels, where they split the match 1-1 Sunday. Illinois was defeated by Army West Point to start the day but earned its first dual-match win of the season by defeating the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to end the w...

Illinois opens season at Michigan State Open with two first-place victories

Illinois’ Mike Carr wrestles with Iowa’s Max Murin in the 141-pound match at Huff Hall on Jan. 25. The Illini lost 31-8.

By Andrew Medina, Contributing writer

November 5, 2019

The Illinois wrestling team had a successful start to their season Saturday at the Michigan State Open. Eight of the wrestlers placed within the top six in their weight classes at the tournament, and two of them secured first place. Illinois arrived at 6:30 a.m. to exercise before weigh-i...

Martinez drives Illini toward upcoming season

Martinez drives Illini toward upcoming season

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

October 7, 2019

Having just competed for a spot in the United States’ World Championships team this past summer, former Illinois wrestler and current volunteer assistant coach Isaiah Martinez will assist the 2019 Illinois wrestling team in getting a competitive edge with less than a month to go before the season c...

Former Illini Isaiah Martinez Wins Second U.S. Open Title

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez celebrates after defeating Michigan's Logan Massa in the 165-pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Jan. 20. Martinez won by decision and the Illini defeated the Wolverines 34-6.

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

April 30, 2019

Former Illini wrestler and current volunteer coach Isaiah Martinez collected back-to-back U.S. Open Freestyle titles in Las Vegas this past weekend. After his victory at South Point Arena, the 74-kilogram wrestler qualified for the 2019 World Team Trials Challenge Tournament Wrestle-Off. If he con...

Senior earns All-American honors at championship

Senior earns All-American honors at championship

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

March 25, 2019

Six Illinois wrestlers competed in this year’s NCAA Championships at PPG Paint Arena in Pittsburgh. Out of the six wrestlers, redshirt senior Emery Parker was the only one to earn All-American honors by placing fifth in the tournament. This year marked the 28th year in a row Illinois had at least on...

Illinois bound for Big Ten Championships

Illinois’ Mike Carr wrestles with Iowa’s Max Murin in the 141-pound match at Huff Hall on Jan. 25. The Illini lost 31-8.

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

March 7, 2019

The Illini wrestling team (2-9) will head to Minneapolis to compete in the Big Ten Championships this weekend. This will be Illinois’ first action in almost three weeks after dropping its last dual meet to No. 1 Penn State and it will be its first tournament action since the Midlands Championship...

Double trouble: Brothers share first-year experience

The Braunagel twins talk during a break in practice at the Wrestling practice space at Huff Hall. The two brothers decided to attend the University after each having a successful high school campaign.

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 28, 2019

For the Braunagel twins, freshmen Danny and Zac, wrestling is the one true thing they’ve shared throughout their lives. The twins started wrestling at 5 years old as a way to keep in shape for their other athletic interests: baseball and football. In those early years, they weren’t as serious, but ...

Parker gets last win at Huff Hall; Illini drop both weekend meets

Illinois' Emery Parker is declared the winner against Maryland's Niko Capello in the 184 pound weight class during the meet at Huff Hall on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The Illini won 25-18.

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 19, 2019

The No. 20-ranked Illinois wrestling team competed in its last two dual meets of the season this weekend when they traveled to No. 11 Northwestern on Friday and hosted No.1 Penn State on Sunday. The Illini dropped both matchups over the weekend, losing 25-12 against Northwestern and 39-9 against Penn State. ...

Seniors strive to leave legacy

Illinois’ Deuce Rachal wrestles with Maryland’s Youssif Hemida in the 285-pound weight class during the meet at Huff Hall on Jan. 28. The Illini won 25-18.

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 18, 2019

In the Illini wrestling practice room in Huff Hall, there is a wall overlooking the mats. It is decorated with images of Illini All-Americans like Isaiah Martinez, Jesse Delgado and Matt Lackey. The wall serves as a celebration of Illini wrestling history but also as motivation for the current wrest...

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