Jan. 6, 2000
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Illinois wrestling team is ranked sixth in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I College Wrestling Poll. The Illini are currently 3-0 with second-place finishes at the Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands which were held this past weekend in Evanston, Ill.
The Illini had a school record of 10 placewinners at the Midlands in finishing second to top-ranked Iowa, the defending national champions. Eight Big Ten schools are ranked in the top 25 with five appearing in the top 10. Iowa heads the poll with all 13 first-place votes. The Hawkeyes are followed by Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Minnesota and Oklahoma which rounds out the top five. Illinois leads the second five checking in a number six, followed by Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Michigan State.
The Illini will be off this weekend before travelling to Air Force (January 13) and Fresno State (January 16) to resume dual competition. The Big Ten dual season will open on the road at Indiana on January 21 and Ohio State January 23. The next home action for the Fighting Illini will be January 28 against No. 7 Michigan and the following weekend against No. 20 Wisconsin February 4 and No. 10 Michigan State February 6.
National Wrestling Coaches Association Division I College Wrestling Poll
|2. Iowa State||7-1||302||2|
|3. Oklahoma State||3-0-1||300||3|
|10. Michigan State||1-1||194||11t|
|15. West Virginia||1-0||129||15|
|16. Northern Iowa||1-2-1||128||16|
|17. Central Michigan||0-0-1||124||18|
|18. Arizona State||2-2||113||17|
|19. Boise State||1-0||98||19|
|21. Penn State||1-3||51||22|
|22. Oregon State||1-1||48||20|
|24. Lock Haven||6-1||24||24|
Others receiving votes: Bloomburg 19, Northwestern 15, Harvard 11, Purdue 8, Hofstra 6, Clarion 5, Brigham Young 2, Ohio State 1