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Illini fall in title match

HAMPTON, Va. – No. 17 Illinois dropped a 21-12 decision to No. 3 Oklahoma State in the championship match of the Virginia Duals on Saturday. The Illini advanced to the title match with a win against No. 23 Old Dominion earlier in the day.

Top-ranked Mike Poeta (157 pounds) and No. 14 Patrick Bond (197) each picked up a pair of wins Saturday, capping a perfect weekend for the duo. With the wins, Poeta moved his record to 19-0 on the season.


It's your business: Subs out, gyros in at Neil Street shop

Silver Mine Subs has closed one of its two shops in Champaign, the one at 905 S. Neil St. But the space won't be vacant for long, because Niro's Gyros is moving in.

The new Niro's should be open in less than two weeks, owner Mike Naser said.


Poeta carries wrestlers into tourney semifinals

HAMPTON, Va. – Top-ranked Mike Poeta (157 pounds) posted wins against opponents from Lehigh and Kent State on Friday as the Illinois wrestling team advanced to the semifinals of the Virginia Duals.

Poeta started the day with a 7-4 decision against Lehigh's Dave Nakasone, then followed with a 12-2 major decision against Kent State's Sli Bostelman.


Clapp leads Illini to sixth place

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Marissa Clapp's 48 points helped Illinois cap off a successful fall season with a sixth-place finish Sunday at the 15-team Ohio State Invitational.


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Rowe stays alive

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois senior Ryan Rowe continued his trek toward the ITA National Indoor Championships men's singles title, winning two matches Friday.

Rowe, ranked ninth, defeated Virginia Tech's Albert Larregola 6-7 (0), 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. He bounced Miami's Daniel Vallverdu 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.


Illini Clapp breaks pool record

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Illinois junior Marissa Clapp won three events and set a pool record Saturday in a 157-141 women's swimming and diving loss to Michigan State.

The Bismarck-Henning product won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2 minutes, 18.96 seconds to break the Charles McCaffree Pool mark. Clapp also won the 100 breaststroke – edging runner-up Sarah Biasello of Michigan State by 0.44 second – and the 400 individual medley.


Masar completes home career in style

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois' seniors had a night to remember.

Urbana product Ella Masar scored two goals, leading the Illini to a 3-0 Big Ten soccer victory Friday night that snapped No. 24 Indiana's 13-match unbeaten streak.


Freshman Nelson fills voids for Illini

IOWA CITY, Iowa – A hand injury kept Vicki Brown out of the starting lineup and off the court for most of the match.

Freshman Abby Nelson made sure the Illinois middle blocker was barely missed.


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