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Illinois' Isaiah Martinez looks for an opportunity against Kent State's Ian Miller during the match at Huff Hall on Sunday, February 15, 2015.The Illini won 38-0.

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...

Martinez profile

By Alex Wallner March 23, 2016

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez looks for an opportunity against Kent State's Ian Miller during the match at Huff Hall on Sunday, February 15, 2015.The Illini won 38-0.

Martinez and Richards seek glory at National Championships

By Alex Wallner March 15, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] and [email protected] look to add final touches to impressive seasons.Six Illini will represent the wrestling team at the NCAA Championships Thursday in New York City, with four...

Portrait of Isaiah Martinez.

Illini of the Week March 10: Isaiah Martinez

By Alex Wallner March 9, 2016

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...

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez defeated Penn State's Jason Nolf on Sunday to win his second-straight Big Ten title. Nolf handed Martinez his only career loss earlier this season.

Martinez defeats Nolf to win second straight Big Ten title

By Alex Wallner March 7, 2016

On January 23, then-No. 1 Isaiah Martinez went into a 157-pound bout against then-No. 3 Jason Nolf of Penn State with a 54-match winning streak on the line.Four minutes, 55 seconds later, that streak was...

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez starting off strong against Penn State's Jason Nolf during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Illini lost 19-1.

Isaiah Martinez looks for second straight Big Ten title on Sunday

By Alex Wallner March 6, 2016

Tweet: #TheRematch between No. 2 Martinez and No. 1 Jason Nolf is hereThere were 23,684 fans in attendance the first day of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday.The...

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

Illini grapplers open up Big Ten Championships on Saturday

By Alex Wallner March 5, 2016

Brackets were released on Friday for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships and six Illini are seeded in the top seven in their respective weight classes.The six Illini seeded in the top seven are Zane...

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez takes a hold of Penn State's Jason Nolf during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Illini lost 19-1.

Big Ten Championships loom for Illini wrestling

By Alex Wallner March 2, 2016

The Big Ten Wrestling Championships begin Saturday, and Illinois is going into Iowa City, looking to capture its first title in 11 years.The Illini finished the regular season with a 4-5 conference record,...

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez grapples against Minnesota's Brandon Kingsley in Huff Hall on Feb. 12 2016. The Illini won 19-16.

Illini wrestling look to postseason after Minnesota win

By Alex Wallner February 16, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] look forward to postseason after Minnesota win.Senior Jeff Koepke improved to 18-5 on the season after Friday night’s victory in Illinois' match against No. 18 Minnesota...

Senior Jeff Koepke wins Minnesota dual for Illini wrestling

By Alex Wallner February 14, 2016

The Illinois wrestling team was tied at 16 with Minnesota going into the final match of the evening —  senior Jeff Koepke's last bout at Huff Hall.Koepke started off the scoring...

Illinois' Steven Rodrigues takes ahold Penn State's Shakur Rasheed during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Illini lost 15-30.

Illini wrestling hosts Minnesota on senior night

By Alex Wallner February 11, 2016

Friday marks the Illinois wrestling team’s final dual meet of the season. Illinois will take on No. 18 Minnesota at Huff Hall.Minnesota (9-7, 5-3) is coming off back-to-back road wins, winning four out...

Illinois' Steven Rodrigues takes ahold Penn State's Shakur Rasheed during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Illini lost 15-30.

Illini wrestling use strong finish to beat Northwestern

By Alex Wallner February 10, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] dominates down the stretch to pick up 12th win.The Illini escaped Sunday with a 25-24 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats at Huff Hall. Illinois won five out of the last six...

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