Jan. 11, 2001
Greensboro, N.C. - The fifth-ranked University of Illinois wrestling team defeated the University of North Carolina-Greensboro 47-0 Thursday night at Fleming Gym in Greensboro, N.C. The Illini dominated the dual recording four consecutive pins and five overall in the 10 matches.
The Illini are back to full strength after battling injury and the flu bug since the Christmas break and it was the first competition since Dec. 10 for No. 1 Adam Tirapelle and No. 7 Ben King. The dual started at 157 pounds where Griff Powell won by technical fall at 6:24 and the Illini never looked back. Matt Lackey then picked up a 19-8 major decision at 165, followed by King's 16-5 win at 174.
Illinois then reeled off four consecutive pins with Nate Patrick earning a fall over Josh Bocks at 1:19, followed by Pat Quirk's second collegiate fall at 2:54. John Lockhart followed with a fall over John Kimble at 5:30 and Ryan Escobar finished the string earning his fall over Tony Stewart at 4:38.
Chad Hay earned a start at 133 after a successful Midlands 2000 run and earned a 4-0 decision, followed by Mike Castillo winning 8-3 over Corey Williams. Tirapelle, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 149 pounds, then wrapped up the match with his team-leading fifth pin of the year at 4:24 over Anthony Warren. Tirapelle now has 28 career falls and is only three shy of the Illinois career mark held by Keith Healy who recorded 31 falls from 1984-88.
The next action for the Illini will be Saturday, Jan. 13, at the N.C. State Duals in Raleigh, N.C.
No. 5 Illinois 47, vs. UNC-Greensboro 0
January 11, 2001
Dual started at 157 pounds
125 No. 16 Ryan Escobar (ILL) pinned Tony Stewart (UNC-G), 4:38
133 Chad Hay (ILL) defeated Wade Cecil (UNC-G), 4-0
141 Mike Castillo (ILL) defeated Corey Williams (UNC-G), 8-3
149 No. 1 Adam Tirapelle (ILL) pinned Anthony Warren (UNC-G), 4:24
157 Griff Powell (ILL) tech fall Joe Scolaro (UNC-G), 6:24
165 No. 8 Matt Lackey (ILL) defeated Nate Parmenter (UNC-G), 19-8
174 No. 7 Ben King (ILL) defeated Luke Bialy (UNC-G), 16-5
184 No. 2 Nate Patrick (ILL) pinned Josh Bocks (UNC-G), 1:19
197 No. 7 Pat Quirk (ILL) pinned Jeremy Edwards (UNC-G), 2:54
Hwt No. 5 John Lockhart (ILL) pinned John Kimble (UNC-G), 5:30