CHAMPAIGN – No. 5 Minnesota got off to a fast start, winning the first five matches en route to a 27-13 wrestling win against No. 21 Illinois on Friday at Huff Hall.
No. 2 John Dergo (184 pounds) won his match by major decision and No. 14 Patrick Bond (197) beat 10th-ranked Sonny Yohn. They were the only two Illini to win matches. John Deneen (125) picked up a win by forfeit.
"Dergo and Bond both wrestled with a good spark and intensity," Illinois coach Jim Heffernan said. "We needed to get a spark in the first five matches to get something going and get the crowd into it, but we weren't able to."
In men's tennis:
Illini cruise past Duke. Marek Czerwinski, Stephen Hoh, Abe Souza and Connor Roth all notched singles wins for visiting Illinois in a 5-2 win against Duke in Durham, N.C.
Roth and Souza teamed to win in doubles, as did Czerwinski and Hoh.
In women's tennis:
Seminoles edge Illini. Illinois got singles wins from Megan Fudge, Marisa Lambropoulos and Breanne Smutko, but the Illini dropped their home opener 4-3 to No. 21 Florida State on Friday at the Atkins Tennis Center.
"We're playing the top teams in the country and that's only going to prepare us for our conference schedule," Illinois coach Michelle Dasso said. "It's disappointing to lose, but there's so many positive things about this team."
Lambropoulos and Chelcie Abajian won in doubles.
In swimming & diving:
Record day for Illini. Lauren Frendreis and Courtney Spivak each set personal bests for Illinois on the first day of the Minnesota Challenge.
Frendreis finished the 50-meter freestyle in 24.39 seconds, and Spivak clocked a time of 5 minutes, 15.71 seconds in the 500 free.
The 200 free relay team of Frendreis, Paige Wachholz, Morgan Gilman and Sara Stoneburg finished second.