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.
Delgado, ranked third at 125 pounds, scored a 9-4 victory against the Hawkeyes’ two-time defending NCAA champion to highlight the No. 8 Illini’s Senior Night in front of a season-high home crowd of 1,485 fans.
Caleb Ervin (149), Conrad Polz (165) and Mario Gonzalez (197) also won by decision for Illinois.
“I thought we showed a lot more fight and were more ready to go,” said UI coach Jim Heffernan, whose team was coming off a 37-0 loss to No. 1 Penn State. “Iowa’s a great program, and we will get better from this dual. We will have to beat a lot of those guys in the postseason. It was good preparation.”
Hambly adds commit. Brandi Donnelly, a junior from Williamsville, orally committed to the Illinois volleyball team Thursday night.
The 5-foot-8 outside hitter is projected as a libero/defensive specialist for the Illini. She led the Springfield area in kills last season with 412 — 5.97 per set — and totaled 437 digs. Williamsville (26-7) advanced to the Class 2A sectional finals before losing to eventual state champion Deer Creek-Mackinaw.
A member of the Bloomington-based Illini Elite Volleyball Club, Donnelly is a two-time News-Gazette All-State honorable mention selection.
Donnelly is the second player this week to commit to UI coach Kevin Hambly’s program. On Monday night, sophomore outside hitter Beth Prince of Avon, Ind., announced she would attend Illinois.
Ex-Illini Richmond due in court. A judge could decide next week to either revoke former Illinois basketball player Jereme Richmond’s probation or allow him to join a semi-pro basketball team.
Lake County Judge John Phillips set the Feb. 14 hearing after prosecutors Thursday in Waukegan asked him to revoke Richmond’s probation for missing substance-abuse and domestic-violence classes. Richmond’s attorney asked that Richmond be allowed to travel.
Prosecutor James Newman said Richmond missed classes for three weeks, a Chicago newspaper reported.
Richmond attorney Lawrence Wade said his client couldn’t pay for them. Wade said Richmond will join the Sauk Valley Predators if Phillips modifies his probation.
Richmond pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon. Police said he threatened to shoot a girlfriend.
In men’s golf:
Illini cruise in Match Play. The Illini opened the Big Ten Match Play Championship at Bradenton, Fla., with a quarterfinal win against Michigan.
Top-seeded Illinois won four of its five individual matches and halved the other.
Defending NCAA champion Thomas Pieters won his match 4-up with two holes to play.
Illinois will face Ohio State in the semifinals today, with the winner advancing later today for the championship.
In women’s track & field:
Relay finishes second. The Illini placed second in the distance medley relay during the first day of the Spire Invitational at Geneva, Ohio. The foursome of Samantha Murphy, Ashley Spencer, Ahlivia Spencer and Katie Porada finished in 11 minutes, 14.65 seconds.
In men’s track & field:
Viney captures 400. Cam Viney of Illinois won the unseeded 400 meters during the opening day of the Spire Invitational at Geneva, Ohio. The freshman was clocked in 48.65. Unity product Zebo Zebe of the Illini placed fourth in the 600 in 1:19.79.
In women’s swimming:
Williams wins 200 IM. Illini junior Emma Williams held off two teammates to place first in the 200-yard individual medley at the Minnesota Challenge in Minneapolis. Williams won in 2:09.06. Marin Thompson (2:11.40) and Kathleen Roeing (2:11.68) of the UI took the next two spots.