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Illinois wrestling’s Martinez wins back-to-back NCAA titles

Illinois wrestling’s Martinez wins back-to-back NCAA titles

By Masaki Sugimoto

March 19, 2016

New York – Boos erupted from the crowd at Madison Square Garden as Illinois wrestling’s Isaiah Martinez was tied with Penn State's Jason Nolf with 1:43 left in the National Championship match. But with 12 seconds to go, Martinez saw an opening and got the takedown to claim his second-strai...

Martinez defeats Nolf to win second straight Big Ten title

Martinez defeats Nolf to win second straight Big Ten title

By Alex Wallner

March 6, 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 snapped by a Nolf pin of Martinez.Fast forward to Sunday and the two grapplers were facing ea...

Big Ten Championships loom for Illini wrestling

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, good for eighth place in the Big Ten.The last time the Big Ten Championship took place in Iowa City was i...

Illini wrestler Isaiah Martinez lost his lunch, not his confidence

Illini wrestler Isaiah Martinez lost his lunch, not his confidence

By Kevin McCarthy

January 31, 2016

Tweet: “Look out Big Ten, Isaiah Martinez is hungry,” says #Illini columnist @KevOMcCarthyA wise man once told me that there’s a first time for everything.Those words rang true at Huff Hall two Saturdays ago. In front of a raucous crowd of 1,407 fans, Penn State’s Jason Nolf did what no wrestl...

Isaiah Martinez suffers first career loss, Illini fall to Penn State, 30-15

Isaiah Martinez suffers first career loss, Illini fall to Penn State, 30-15

By Alex Wallner

January 24, 2016

At 19-0 on the season and 54-0 dating back to last year, sophomore Isaiah Martinez was atop the wrestling polls at No. 1 in his weight class.On Saturday, the 1,407 in attendance at Huff Hall saw him lose.Penn State’s Jason Nolf — No. 3 in the country — pinned Martinez in the second period.Nolf, who c...