Coach Mark Johnson has 9 wrestlers ranked among the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the latest poll.
Jan. 12, 2000
CHAMPAGN, Ill. - Nine University of Illinois wrestlers are ranked among the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the latest Intermat NCAA Division I College Wrestling Poll. The Illini are represented in nine of the 10 weight classes and have four wrestlers ranked in the top five.
Adam Tirapelle (19-1) leads the charge with a No. 2 ranking at 149 pounds. He is joined in the top five by Nate Patrick (184, 4th, 19-2), Pat Quirk (197, 5th, 16-3) and John Lockhart (Heavyweight, 5th, 16-2). Other Illini in the rankings include Ryan Escobar (125, 8th, 15-6), David Stoltz (133, 18th, 11-6), Carl Perry (141, 7th, 8-2), Griff Powell (157, 8th, 14-3) and Bill Zeman (165, 13th, 15-6).
The Illini are ranked sixth as a team and are currently 3-0 with second-place finishes at the Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands in Evanston, Ill.
The Illini will resume action January 13 travelling to Air Force and for a dual then will travel to Fresno State January 16. 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.
Intermat's NCAA Division I Wrestling Rankings
1. Iowa 2. Iowa State 3. Minnesota 4. Oklahoma 5. Oklahoma St. 6. Illinois 7. Edinboro 8. Nebraska 9. Pennsylvania 10. Northern Iowa 11. Michigan 12. Lehigh 13. Michigan State 14. Cornell 15. Arizona State 16. Wisconsin 17. Bakersfield 18. Central Michigan 19. West Virginia 20. Oregon State 21. Boise State 22. Penn State 23. Indiana 24. Purdue 25. Bloomsburg
Others receiving votes: Brigham Young, Harvard, Hofstra, Lock Haven, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rider, Virginia Tech
Illini in the Top 20
125-Ryan Escobar, 8th
133-David Stoltz, 18th
141-Carl Perry, 7th
149-Adam Tirapelle, 2nd
157-Griff Powell, 8th
165-Bill Zeman, 13th
184-Nate Patrick, 4th
197-Pat Quirk, 5th
Hwt-John Lockhart, 5th