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    No. 16 Illinois Wrestling Hosts No. 13 Indiana
    #10 Gabe Flores has a big match against Indiana.

    #10 Gabe Flores has a big match against Indiana.

    Jan. 20, 2007

    Illinois-Indiana Notes

    Big Ten supremacy is on the line as No. 16 Illinois wrestling team hosts No. 13 Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m. at Huff Hall. Both currently undefeated squads will battle it out to keep their perfect seasons intact. On Friday night, both teams each posted Big Ten victories. Illinois (5-0, 1-0) upset #8 Northwestern 21-13, while Indiana (10-0, 1-0) upended Purdue, 25-12. The Illini still have a pair of undefeated wrestlers in #10 Gabe Flores and #1 Mike Poeta.

    Last season, the Illini were victorious in Bloomington, Ind., 26-6. They have won nine-straight duals against the Hoosiers and are 11-2 in head coach Mark Johnson's 15-year career.

    Matchups to Watch
    125 pounds: #10 Gabe Flores vs. #9 Angel Escobedo: Currently undefeated Flores will be looking to keep that record intact against the up and coming Escobedo - who is undefeated in dual action.

    157 pounds: #1 Mike Poeta vs. #7 Brandon Becker: Poeta will have his first big test since taking over the no. 1 ranking against the two-time All-American Becker - also undefeated in dual meets.

    Probable Starting Lineups (Illinois vs. Indiana)
    125: #10 Gabe Flores (15-0) vs. #9 Angel Escobedo (24-2)
    133: #9 Jimmy Kennedy (19-2) vs. #19 Andrae Hernandez (19-8)
    141: #12 Cassio Pero (15-3) vs. Nick Walpole (16-7)
    149: #12 Troy Tirapelle (19-4) vs. #7 Matt Coughlin (23-5)
    157: #1 Mike Poeta (14-0) vs. #7 Brandon Becker (19-3)
    165: #14 Roger Smith-Bergsrud (19-4) vs. #11 Max Dean (22-7)
    174: Matt Winterhalter (4-5) OR Nick Guida (15-7) vs. Trevor Perry (12-6)
    184: #15 John Dergo (16-4) vs. #12 Marc Bennett (26-4)
    197: Patrick Bond (6-2) vs. Nathan Everhart (17-8)
    Hwt: John Wise (10-6) vs. Josh Buuck (7-2)

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