Illinois Holds Off Indiana to Remain Perfect
The University of Illinois wrestling team remained unbeaten on the season by knocking off 22nd-ranked Indiana, 22-9, tonight at Huff Hall. With the win, the sixth-ranked Illini improve to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten. Indiana falls to 6-2-1, 1-2. The Fighting Illini won seven of 10 matches, including the first four of the meet (125 pounds - 149), en route to the victory.
"I thought we wrestled very consistently," said UI head coach Mark Johnson. "We worked hard in every match, and even the three that we lost were winnable matches. I'm happy to gain a win in the Big Ten against a good, nationally-ranked opponent."
Perhaps the match of the night ended up being at 197 pounds. Illinois sophomore Pat Quirk, ranked 15th in the nation, and IU sophomore Brett Becks faced off with Indiana still within reach of the Illini. The score was 16-9 in Illinois' favor entering the second-to-last match of the night. The match was tied 0-0 after one period and 2-2 after two periods. In the third, Becks scored one point on an escape to go ahead 3-2. Quirk, however, recorded a takedown with 56 seconds remaining and held on for the 4-3 victory. The win guaranteed a team victory for the Illini.
"I felt pretty comfortable knowing that Karl (Roesler) was wrestling the last match, but it was great for Pat to leave no doubt going into heavyweight," said Johnson. "Pat worked hard, and he really gave the crowd something to cheer about with his pin in the last period."
Other Illinois winners included Steve Doerrer at 125 pounds, Dave Stoltz at 133, Carl Perry at 141, Adam Tirapelle at 149, Bill Zeman at 165 and Roesler at heavyweight. Tirapelle, who is ranked sixth at 149, was the only Illini to win by major decision.
No. 6 Illinois (9-0, 3-0) def. No. 22 Indiana (6-2-1, 1-2), 22-9
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