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2016 Illini of the Year: Isaiah Martinez

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 Jan. 23, one part of Martinez’s could no longer be accomplished. The date marked the soon-to-be tw...

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 and Richards seek glory at National Championships

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 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

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

Martinez defeats Nolf to win second straight Big Ten title

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

Isaiah Martinez looks for second straight Big Ten title on Sunday

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 host Iowa Hawkeyes sit in second place in the standings with 106 team points, six ahead of defending c...

Illini grapplers open up Big Ten Championships on Saturday

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 Richards, Isaiah Martinez, Steven Rodrigues, Zac Brunson, Jeff Koepke and Brooks Black.Illinois c...

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 Richards looks to cap off dominating season

Illini wrestler Richards looks to cap off dominating season

By Alex Wallner

February 25, 2016

#Illini wrestler Zane Richards has won many accolades, and winning a Big Ten and National title are next on the listJunior Zane Richards grew up competing in many sports, but got his trademark confidence from wrestling.“I liked baseball and soccer a lot growing up, but wrestling always h...

Big Ten wrestling power rankings

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.Here is ...

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

Illini wrestling look to postseason after Minnesota win

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...

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