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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


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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


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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


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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


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#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...

Senior Jeff Koepke wins Minnesota dual for Illini wrestling

By Alex Wallner

February 14, 2016


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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 with two takedowns in the first period to make it 4-2 after the first frame.Heading into the final ...

Illini wrestling use strong finish to beat Northwestern

Illini wrestling use strong finish to beat Northwestern

By Alex Wallner

February 10, 2016


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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 matches after losing the first four to start the afternoon.Garrison White, Dominick Malone, Jameson...

Huskers dominate Illini wrestling in Lincoln

By Alex Wallner

February 6, 2016


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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...

Illini wrestling bounces back with win over Wisconsin

Illini wrestling bounces back with win over Wisconsin

By Alex Wallner

February 1, 2016


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Coming off a sour defeat to the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, the Illinois wrestling team had one full week to prepare for another tough opponent, Wisconsin.The Illini found themselves in the hole early, trailing the Badgers 10-3 after the fourth match before finishing strong and winning five ou...

Illini wrestling look to rebound at Wisconsin on Sunday

Illini wrestling look to rebound at Wisconsin on Sunday

By Alex Wallner

January 28, 2016


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With four duals remaining before the Big Ten Championships, No. 13 Illinois wrestling currently boasts a 10-4 record on the season with a 1-4 mark in the conference.All four of the Illini’s losses come against teams currently ranked in the top-10 of the USA Today/NWCA Coaches rankings, with the latest b...

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

By Alex Wallner

November 30, 2015


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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...