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Martinez wins fourth Big Ten championship

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Maryland's Brendan Burnham in the 165 pound weight class during the meet at Huff Hall on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The Illini won 25-18.

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 

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Maryland's Brendan Burnham in the 165 pound weight class during the meet at Huff Hall on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The Illini won 25-18.

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...

Olympic Training Begins for Zane Richards

Illinois' Zane Richards celebrates after defeating Michigan's Stevan Micic in the 133 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Friday, January 20. Richards won by decision and the Illini defeated the Wolverines 34-6.

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

February 5, 2018

For most college athletes, graduation means the end of competitive play in their respective sport and the beginning of new adventures. But not for Illini alumnus Zane Richards. Richards remains dedicated to his wrestling career, which most recently saw him spending this past January training in Vlad...

Illinois wrestling dominates Maryland to win tenth-straight at home

Illinois' Travis Piotrowski wrestles with Maryland's Brandon Cray in the 125 pound weight class during the meet at Huff Hall on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The Illini won 25-18.

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

January 30, 2018

Maryland entered Sunday's dual match looking for its first ever win against Illinois. The Terrapins didn't find it. After scoring bonus points in each of its six victories, the Illinois Men’s Wrestling team defeated Maryland 25-18. The Illini now have won 10 straight at home and improve to 5-3 on...

Duncan shines as Illinois wrestling defeats Purdue

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Michigan's Logan Massa in the 165 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Friday, January 20. Martinez won by decision and the Illini defeated the Wolverines 34-6.

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

January 23, 2018

With bonus points coming from freshman Dylan Duncan and senior Isaiah Martinez, the No. 14-ranked Illinois wrestling team defeated Purdue 21-12 on Sunday afternoon at Holloway Gym. This victory improves the Illini's record to 4-3 (3-2 in the Big Ten conference). Illinois started the dual well, wi...

Nepomnyaschiy provides insight on life, wrestling in Russia

Nepomnyaschiy provides insight on life, wrestling in Russia

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

December 14, 2017

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' Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Michigan's Logan Massa in the 165 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Friday, January 20. Martinez won by decision and the Illini defeated the Wolverines 34-6.

By Rishab Sikri, Contributing writer

December 4, 2017

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

Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Michigan’s Logan Massa in the 165-pound weight class during the match on Jan. 20. Martinez won by decision and the Illini beat the Wolverines.

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

November 30, 2017

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' 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 Rishab Sikri, Contributing writer

November 17, 2017

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

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

November 8, 2017

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' Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Michigan's Logan Massa in the 165 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Friday, January 20.

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

March 28, 2017

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' Isaiah Martinez wrestles with Michigan's Logan Massa in the 165 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Friday, January 20. Martinez won by decision and the Illini defeated the Wolverines 34-6.

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

March 27, 2017

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...

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