UI roundup: Martinez wins home finale at Huff Hall in Illini's loss

UI roundup: Martinez wins home finale at Huff Hall in Illini's loss

CHAMPAIGN — Isaiah Martinez's final match inside Huff Hall on Sunday was bittersweet.

Martinez did what he almost always does: He defeated the opponent in front of him. Illinois' 165-pounder dominated in fact, as Martinez won by major decision, claiming a 14-6 triumph over Wisconsin's Evan Wick.

But, the Badgers still spoiled the party.

For the first time in 369 days, Illinois finished on the losing side in a home dual.

No. 20 Wisconsin knocked off the 14th-ranked Illini by a score of 19-16 and snapped Illinois' 11-match winning streak at Huff Hall.

The result: The Illini finished the regular season with a 7-4 overall record and 6-3 mark in the Big Ten.

"It's always bittersweet. Every year with this (Senior Day) match, I can't believe they're seniors," Illini coach Jim Heffernan said afterward. "Isaiah looks pretty good, Kyle (Langenderfer) kind of gave his match away, and 125 (pounds) and 149 (pounds) was where the meet was decided."

Langenderfer, who wrestled at 157 pounds, dropped an 8-2 decision against the Badgers' Andrew Crone in first sudden victory overtime.

The Illini's Travis Piotrowski lost 1-0 at 125 pounds, while Wisconsin's Cole Martin picked up six points for his team when he pinned Illinois 149-pounder Eric Barone in five minutes, 15 seconds.

By the time Martinez stepped onto the mat, the Badgers led 12-6. Martinez pulled the Illini back within two points but Wisconsin won two of the final four bouts to seal the win.

In softball

UI drops finale. Alexis Carrillo gave Illinois a chance to salvage what had been a tough weekend on the diamond.

Carrillo lashed a two-run single into right field to tie the game in the sixth inning.

But, Louisville answered with a two-run seventh, and the Illini suffered a 9-7 defeat to the Cardinals in the final game of the Friends of Jaclyn Invitational on Sunday morning.

"This weekend was not what we expected," coach Tyra Perry said after Illinois finished its season-opening tournament in Florida with a 1-4 record. "We have a ton of newcomers in the lineup that are evolving with every play. We are still waiting on the returners to settle down and exhibit a more consistent level of play."

Stephanie Abello posted two hits in three at-bats for the Illini and added a pair of RBI while Carrillo notched two hits of her own and drove in three runs in the loss.