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    Nine Illini Wrestlers Ranked In Intermat's Top 20
    Coach Mark Johnson has 9 wrestlers ranked among the top 20 of their respective weight classes in the latest poll.

    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

    Individuals

    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

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