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Illini of the week March 8: Isaiah Martinez

Illini of the week March 8: Isaiah Martinez

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

March 9, 2017

Whenever Isaiah Martinez talks about wrestling, one word always seems to come up: legacy. Once again, Martinez added to his already impressive legacy on Sunday, defeating No. 2 Logan Massa for his third Big Ten title in three years and his first in the 165-pound weight class. “Legacy is everything to...

Martinez wins his third Big Ten title

Isaiah Martinez wins his third Big Ten title 10-4, and will likely be the No. 1 seed going into the NCAA tournament.

By Brina Binz, Staff writer

March 6, 2017

New weight, same result for Illinois wrestler Isaiah Martinez. It didn’t take long for the now three-time Big Ten champion to assert himself against Michigan’s Logan Massa, jumping out to a 6-0 lead after the end of the first period, following a takedown and four-point near fall. Martinez cruis...

Illinois wrestling begins postseason journey

Illinois’ Kyle Langenderfer celebrates after defeating Michigan’s Brian Murphy in the 157 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Jan. 20. Langenderfer and eight of his roommates are preparing for the Big Ten tournament.

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

March 2, 2017

It’s been almost a month since the Illinois wrestling team's last dual meet. Despite the time off, the Illini are confident that there will be no rust this weekend in the Big Ten tournament. “With what we did the last six weeks of the season, I think not having competition for two weekends in a row is a great ...

Brunson gets win No. 100 in Illinois wrestling senior night victory

Illinois' Zac Brunson wrestles with Michigan's Myles Amine in the 174 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Friday, Jan. 20. Brunson celebrated his 100th win against Indiana from his final home match Sunday. The Illini ended the regular season 9-3, 6-3.

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

February 13, 2017

Like he has done 100 times in his career at Illinois, Zac Brunson shook hands with his opponent, then had his left hand raised by the official. The Illini crowd stood and applauded, just as it has all this year at home. However, unlike the past, there won’t be a next time. Brunson claim...

Illinois wrestling win streak up to six after derailing Purdue

Illinois' Zane Richards wrestles with 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 Brian Binz, Staff writer

February 6, 2017

Standing 5-foot-3 and weighing 133 pounds, Zane Richards may not give the same impression as an offensive lineman from the football team, but there are few athletes on campus who have accomplished more than Richards has. The senior moved into the Illinois wrestling all time top-ten for wins last weeken...

Illini win streak up to four after weekend victories

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez grapples against Minnesota's Brandon Kingsley in Huff Hall on Feb. 12 2016.

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

January 30, 2017

The Illinois wrestling team continued its winning streak, defeating Michigan State 30-9 on Friday at Huff Hall and then Arizona State 26-9 on Sunday in Tempe, Arizona. On Friday, the Illini never trailed in the dual, and won eight of the nine contested matches, most by five points or more. It wasn’t un...

Illinois wrestling look to continue streak

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 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

Illinois' Zane Richards wrestles with Michigan's Stevan Micic in the 133 pound weight class during the match at Huff Hall on Jan. 20. Richards won by decision, and the Illini defeated the Wolverines 34-6. The Illini’s victory moved their record to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

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' Isaiah Martinez starting off strong against Penn State's Jason Nolf during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on January 23, 2016.

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' Isaiah Martinez getting a hold over Penn State's Jason Nolf during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday January 23, 2016.

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

Illinois' Brooks Black wrestlings with Minnesota's Michael Kroells during the match on February 12 in Huff Hall.

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...

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