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

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez attempts to bring down Nebraska's James Green during the wrestling match vs. Nebraska at Huff Hall on Jan. 23. The Illini lost 22-9.

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 and Richards seek glory at National Championships

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.

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 of the six wrestlers earning seeds.Of all the storylines going into this weekend, two that emerge ...

Illini of the Week March 10: Isaiah Martinez

Portrait of 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 contribution to team success.On Jan. 23, Illinois wrestler Isaiah Martinez entered his match again...

Big Ten wrestling power rankings

By Alex Wallner

February 18, 2016

Big Ten regular season wrestling is nearing the end. Most of the Big Ten teams are competing against non-conference opponents this weekend, with the regular season officially ending on Sunday.As of today, Iowa and Penn State are tied atop the Big Ten conference at 9-0. Michigan is third at 8-1.Her...

Illini wrestling look to postseason after Minnesota win

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

By Alex Wallner

February 17, 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 at Huff Hall, a team Illinois had not beat since the 2007-08 season. agKoepke defeated Chris Pfarr o...

Illini wrestling’s Brooks Black pins Jennings for an Illinois win

By Alex Wallner

February 7, 2016

Tweet: “He told me that if it came down to me, I wasn’t going to lose and I kind of had that sitting in the back of my head before I went out there and wrestled.” — Brooks BlackWith the dual coming down to the final match, Illinois’ Brooks Black faced Northwestern’s Conan Jennings with the Wildcats le...

Illini wrestling takes on defending national champion Ohio State on Sunday at Huff

By Alex Wallner

January 3, 2016

The No. 11-ranked Illinois wrestling team will take on defending national champion No. 6 Ohio State on Sunday at Huff Hall.This will be the first Big Ten bout for the Illini this season and the second for the Buckeyes, as it is coming off a 26-17 road victory over Northwestern two weeks ago.Ohio St...

Martinez, Richards, Rodrigues shine as No. 12 Illini wrestling sweeps Sunday afternoon.

By Alex Wallner

November 30, 2015

By Alex WallnerStaff WriterThe No. 12-ranked Illinois wrestling team dominated a pair of matches at Madison Square Garden on Sunday and defeated Princeton at the New York Athletic Club to wrap up a successful East Coast trip.SOThe Illini defeated Big Ten foe Maryland, 34-9, to improve to 6-0 on the season.S...

No. 12-ranked Illini wrestling travel to NYC for three Sunday matches

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Illinois' head coach Jim Heffernan makes a call out to the mat during the wrestling match vs. Nebraska at Huff Hall on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The Illini lost 22-9

By Alex Wallner

November 28, 2015

After a week off from competition, the No. 12-ranked Illinois wrestling team dropped one spot to 12th in the Nov. 24 NCAA rankings. Illinois travels to New York City to take on Drexel and Big Ten foe Maryland at Madison Square Garden as a part of Madison Square Garden’s annual Grapple at the Garde...

Redshirts shine on a Sunday afternoon for Illinois wrestling

By Alex Wallner

November 17, 2015

Tweet: [email protected] earned a lot of production from various redshirts on Sunday’s Illini Duals.Redshirts reigned supreme on Sunday at the Illini Duals for the No. 11 Illinois wrestling team: Three Illini redshirt wrestlers came away with three pinfall victories in the first period.Redshir...

Illini wrestling sweeps second dual meet of the season at Illini Duals

By Alex Wallner

November 16, 2015

The No. 11-ranked Illinois wrestling team hosted its Illini Duals against Arizona State and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Sunday at Huff HallJT.The Illini came away with two winsJT, improving their record to 5-0 on the season. Illinois dropped just three matches for the entire meet &...

No. 10 Illini wrestling prepare for a competitive Sunday afternoon

By Alex Wallner

November 11, 2015

Tweet: [email protected] will host [email protected] and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Sunday at the Illini DualsBy Alex WallnerStaff writerThe No. 11 Illinois wrestling team will compete in the Illini Duals on Sunday at Huff Hall against Arizona State and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Illini will fac...

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