WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Illinois' Mario Gonzalez is wrestling free and easy, and it has paid off as the redshirt sophomore will be competing for the Big Ten championship today at 197 pounds.
Gonzalez pinned two opponents — including Purdue's A.J. Kissel in the semifinals — and also earned a decision.
Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott is in West Lafayette, Ind., for the Big Ten meet. His report from Saturday:
After a solid regular season that saw it ranked in the Top 10, Illinois enters the Big Ten meet Saturday at West Lafayette, Ind. Here are three storylines for the championship event, courtesy BOB ASMUSSEN:
How many Illini move on?
PEORIA, Ariz. — Champion Nora Lucas and fourth-place finisher Hailey Koschmann carded the lowest 54-hole individual scores in program history, leading Illinois to the team title Monday at the Westbrook Spring Invitational.
STILLWATER, Okla. — When 184-pounder Tony Dallago pinned Oklahoma State's Chris McNeil to give Illinois a 15-13 lead against the top-ranked Cowboys with two matches remaining in Sunday's national semifinal, it looked like the fifth-ranked Illini might be headed toward a banner day.
PARK RIDGE — Defending Big Ten baseball champion Illinois is ranked sixth in a preseason poll of league coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Michigan State, which shared the 2011 regular season title with the Illini, was voted No. 1. Only the top six teams were revealed.
Illinois 125-pounder Jesse Delgado has been named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after his performance at the NWCA National Duals.
The freshman from California scored a pair of wins against Top 10-ranked opponents, helping the Illini to the Cornell Regional title and a spot in the tournament semifinals.
ITHACA, N.Y. — An unlikely strategy helped the No. 6 Illinois wrestling team advance to the Final Four of the NWCA National Dual Meet Championship on Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN — It was Senior Night for the Illinois wrestling team and the lone senior regular in the Illini lineup never took the mat.
Eric Terrazas won by forfeit at 149 pounds in Illinois' 38-3 pounding of Wisconsin.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Illinois wrestling team cruised to a victory Sunday against Indiana, winning seven of 10 matches en route to a 29-10 win.
Tony Dallago (184 pounds) won by pinfall to lead the Illini charge. No. 5 B.J. Futrell (133) won by technical fall, and No. 5 Jesse Delgado (125), Jackson Morse (157) and No. 10 Conrad Polz (165) earned major decisions.