#15 Illini Head to NWCA National Duals

Zane Richards holds a 12-3 dual record and has scored the fourth-most dual points on the team this season.
Zane Richards holds a 12-3 dual record and has scored the fourth-most dual points on the team this season.

Feb. 14, 2014

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#15 Illinois at NWCA National Duals
Feb. 16-17 // St. John Arena // 2 PM // Columbus, Ohio

Sunday, Feb. 16
12 p.m. CT - Preliminary Round 1
2 p.m. CT - Preliminary Round 2
4 p.m. CT - Consolation Round
6 p.m. CT - Quarterfinals

Monday, Feb. 17
10 a.m. CT - Consolation Round 2
12 p.m. CT - Semifinals & Consolation 3
3 p.m. CT - Final & 3rd-place matches

Live Streaming
All matches on Sunday and Monday's consolation and third-place matches will be streamed live through Flowrestling.org here: http://goo.gl/T9ipKP

Live TV
The Big Ten Network will air one semifinal round live at 12 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 and will come back to air the championship finals at 3 p.m. later the same day.

Live Results
Live results will be available via trackwrestling.com here: http://bit.ly/1eXkHX1

Illinois Probable Starters
125 3/3 Jesse Delgado, 18-2, Jr.
133 11/13 Zane Richards, 19-3, r-Fr.
141 12/13 Steven Rodrigues, 8-3, r-So.
OR -/- Logan Arlis, 2-2, r-Jr.
149 17/- Caleb Ervin, 7-5, r-So.
OR -/- John Fahy, 10-10, r-Fr.
157 15/13 Zac Brunson, 19-6, r-Fr.
165 10/13 Jackson Morse, 18-4, r-Jr.
174 -/- Tony Dallago, 16-6, r-Sr.
184 -/- Nikko Reyes, 15-8, r-Fr.
197 10/7 Mario Gonzalez, 8-0, r-Sr.
OR -/- Jeff Koepke, 7-10, r-So.
HWT -/- Christopher Lopez, 10-14, r-So.

Rankings are listed in W.I.N., Intermat

• The Fighting Illini wrapped up the conference season with back-to-back wins last weekend, defeating Purdue 18-16 and #9 Northwestern 24-12. Illinois received an automatic bid to the 2014 NWCA National Duals based on their finish last year. The Orange and Blue will square off against Central Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m., with the winner moving on to face either #4 Oklahoma State or #6 Cornell in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m.
• Illinois and Central Michigan have only met one other time in program history, when Central Michigan defeated the Illini 34-10 on Jan. 18, 1992.
• Injuries have plagued the Illini all season as they have yet to field their full starting lineup. Mario Gonzalez has wrestled once since suffering a rib injury at the Midlands Championships on Dec. 30, while Steven Rodrigues missed over a month of action with a hand injury.

This will be the third consecutive year the Illini have competed at the National Duals, and the fourth overall. Last season, the Illini lost to top-seeded Oklahoma State in the first round. At the 2012 National Duals, Illinois won its first two matches to advance to the Final Four before falling to top-ranked Oklahoma State to place fourth.