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Illini grapplers open up Big Ten Championships on Saturday

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

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

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.

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...

Huskers dominate Illini wrestling in Lincoln

By Alex Wallner

February 6, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] lose to Huskers 30-10 in LincolnThe Illinois wrestling team found itself losers of the last three duals to Nebraska coming into Friday’s contest in Lincoln, Nebraska.The result was once again not be in the Illini’s favor at the conclusion of Friday's dual &mdash...

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 25, 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...

Illini wrestling to face No. 1 Penn State for first time in two seasons

Illinois' Isaiah Martinez attempts to press Kent State's Ian Miller to the ground during the match at Huff Hall on Sunday, February 15, 2015.The Illini won 38-0.

By Alex Wallner

January 21, 2016

Illinois wrestling’s Saturday matchup will feature the teams fourth top-10 Big Ten opponent of the season.The No. 13 Illini (10-3, 1-3) are coming off a 32-10 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, Sunday, while their opponent — the No. 1 Nittany Lions (10-0, 5-0) — are com...

Winter break proved costly for Illinois wrestling team

By Alex Wallner

January 19, 2016

The No. 13-ranked Illinois wrestling team had a rigorous winter break. The team competed in two tournaments and opened up Big Ten play against tough competition.The Illini began the break in Reno, Nevada, at the Reno Tournament of Champions, where they earned first place with 152 points. Central Mic...

Illini wrestling ends skid against Michigan State in East Lansing

By Alex Wallner

January 18, 2016

Coming off a loss in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday night, the No. 13-ranked Illinois wrestling team turned around to face Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan on Sunday to conclude its three match road trip.The match marked the return of fifth-ranked Zac Brunson as well, who has been sidelined the past...

No. 13 Illinois wrestling look to bounce back in conference play at Michigan

Illinois' Zac Brunson wrestles Michigan's Brian Murphy at Huff Hall on Jan. 18, 2014, the last time the Wolverines and the Illini met on the mat. Brunson, now a senior, will not wrestle against Michigan on Friday night in Ann Arbor, and several freshmen have been called upon to take his place.

By Alex Wallner

January 15, 2016

After dropping the first two duals of its Big Ten season, the No. 13 Illinois wrestling team heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a top-15 dual against No. 10 Michigan.The Illini will also face Michigan State on Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan.Illinois began the Big Ten slate with two tough opponents – No. 11...

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 &...