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Illinois wrestling look to continue streak

Illinois wrestling look to continue streak

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

January 27, 2017

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

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

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

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...

Illinois wrestling wins big in season opener

Illinois wrestling wins big in season opener

By Masaki Sugimoto, Editor in chief

December 5, 2016

The Illinois wrestling team did not go home empty-handed at the Northern Iowa Open. The highlight was Isaiah Martinez who made his debut at 165 pounds. Martinez had won two consecutive titles at 157 pounds — only losing one match in the last two two years. Martinez showed that he deserved to be ranked as the top wrestler ...

Breakdowns of each weight class for Illinois wrestling

Breakdowns of each weight class for Illinois wrestling

By Masaki Sugimoto, Editor in chief

September 1, 2016

Here are the 10 weight classes to watch for this upcoming season. 125 pounds This weight class certainly is not the one that other squads feared during the reign of Jesse Delgado. Francis Edelen held the spot last year. He goes into the season with the most experience, along with freshmen David R...

Four weight classes to watch with Illinois wrestling

Four weight classes to watch with Illinois wrestling

By Masaki Sugimoto, Editor-in-chief

August 30, 2016

Here are the four weight classes to watch for this upcoming season. 125 pounds This weight class certainly was not the one that other squads feared during the reign of Jesse Delgado. Franci Edelin held the spot last year. He goes into the season with the most experience, along with freshmen David...

Dike Eddleman Athlete of the Year Award recipients announced

By Will Gerard, Staff Writer

June 17, 2016

Isaiah Martinez and Jocelynn Birks were today selected for the Dike Eddleman Award, which is annual awarded to the top male and female athlete at the University as voted on by Illinois head coaches and the DIA athletics awards committee. Martinez had continued success over the past season following...

Two wrestlers to join Team USA in Turkey

Two wrestlers to join Team USA in Turkey

By Daily Illini Sports Staff Report

June 8, 2016

Instead of “I-L-L,” Isiah Martinez and Zane Richards will hear “U-S-A” in October. The Illini wrestlers will join a team of seven for the World Championships in Corum, Turkey, on Oct. 25-30. Martinez and Richards qualified for the national team after winning titles at the University Nationals. Martinez,...

2016 Illini of the Year: Isaiah Martinez

2016 Illini of the Year: Isaiah Martinez

May 8, 2016

Entering his sophomore campaign, Illinois wrestler Isaiah Martinez was one-fourth of the way done with the goal he set coming into college: go undefeated and win four national championships. But on Jan. 23, one part of Martinez’s could no longer be accomplished. The date marked the soon-to-be tw...

Meet your new Illinois athletic director: Josh Whitman

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

February 18, 2016

Now that the University of Illinois has announced that Josh Whitman will be the school’s next athletic director, it’s a good time to learn who the new leader of Illinois athletics is. Whitman’s ties to Illinois started in 1997 when he first lined up at tight end for Ron Turner. He finish...

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