CHAMPAIGN — Jesse Delgado knocked off top-ranked Matt McDonough, but three other Illinois wins weren’t nearly enough as No. 2 Iowa claimed a 25-12 Big Ten wrestling victory Friday night at Huff Hall.
CHAMPAIGN — It wasn’t the setup Illinois wrestling coach Jim Heffernan hoped for against Penn State. On Friday night, the No. 1 Nittany Lions lost a close dual at Iowa.
URBANA — The No. 25 Illinois men’s tennis team handed No. 5 Duke its first loss of the season, 4-3, Friday night at Atkins Tennis Center.
The dual meet came down to No. 2 singles, with Illini freshman Jared Hiltzik outbattling Fred Saba 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.
CHAMPAIGN — Six Illini earned bonus points Sunday, leading the Illinois wrestling team to a 30-9 victory against Indiana at Huff Hall.
No. 4 Jesse Delgado opened the match with a major decision at 125 pounds. Then came No. 10 Daryl Thomas, who notched a technical fall victory at 133.
Steven Rodrigues (141) and Caleb Ervin (149) followed with major decisions, and the rout was on.
The timing couldn’t be better. For all of it.
In two months, the Illinois wrestling program hosts the Big Ten Championships at the Assembly Hall ... with a team capable of winning the big trophy.
EVANSTON — Jesse Delgado (125 pounds) and B.J. Futrell (141) each finished second in their respective weight classes, leading Illinois to the team title Sunday night at the Midlands Championships.
The Illini wrestlers finished with 99.5 points to edge Virginia Tech, which finished with 97.5 points. It was Illinois’ first Midlands team crown since the 2005-06 season.
Seated in his second-floor Bielfeldt office, Mike Thomas is generally isolated from the grumbling that has swept through Illini Nation after a 2-10 football season.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 1-2 punch of Liz McMahon and Jocelynn Birks was at it again Saturday night.
Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott was in St. Louis for the NCAA meet. His report from Saturday:
Greetings from the NCAA wrestling tournament!