Wrestling
Illini Wrestlers Set To Compete At 87th Annual Big Ten Championships

 
Head coach Mark Johnson is in his ninth season as head coach of the Fighting Illini, with a record of 104-26-1 (.798) at Illinois.
Head coach Mark Johnson is in his ninth season as head coach of the Fighting Illini, with a record of 104-26-1 (.798) at Illinois.
 

Feb. 28, 2001

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The seventh-ranked University of Illinois wrestling team will travel to Evanston, Ill., for the 87th annual Big Ten Wrestling Championships. The championships will be held March 3-4 at Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University.

The Fighting Illini enter this year's championship after compiling a 12-2 dual record (6-2 in the Big Ten), a first-place finish in the 52-team field at the Las Vegas Invitational and a sixth-place finish at Midlands. The Illini rank second in the Big Ten in team championships with 16. The last Illinois team to win the title was in 1952. Iowa leads the Big Ten with 29 team championships. Illinois has also crowned 56 individual Big Ten champions which ranks fifth. The last Illinois individual champion was 149-pounder Adam Tirapelle last season.

The Lineup

                         Overall    Dual
Wt.    Wrestler          Record    Record
125    Ryan Escobar       22-10    11-3
133    Kelly Madden       16-9      4-2
141    Mike Castillo      20-7     13-1
149    Adam Tirapelle     23-1     13-1
157    Griff Powell       21-9     10-3
165    Matt Lackey        23-7     12-2
174    Ben King           14-5      7-3
184    Nate Patrick       28-2     14-0
197    Pat Quirk          23-7     10-4
Hwt    John Lockhart      24-6     12-2
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
The following is a breakdown of the daily sessions at this year's Big Ten Wrestling Championships.

Saturday, March 3
Noon CST Session I begins
7 p.m. CST Session II begins

Sunday, March 4
Noon CST Session III begins
3 p.m. CST Finals begin

NCAA Qualifying Tournament:
The Big Ten championship is also a national qualifying tournament with 72 wrestlers advancing to the NCAA championship in Iowa City, Iowa, on March 15-17. The top seven placewinners in each of the 10 weight classes along with two wild card selections will advance. Illinois was the only Big Ten school to have all 10 of its wrestlers qualify for the NCAA tournament last season.

Quick Shots:
Adam Tirapelle, the nation's second-ranked 149 pounder, tied the school record for career pins with his 31st career fall on Jan. 21 against Gabe Cook of Indiana. With his next fall he will become the Illini's career pins leader.

Tirapelle is also moving up the career victories list and currently has 119 wins. With his next win his will tie Illini assistant coach of former national champion Steve Marianetti for second on the list with 120 wins. With two wins he ties Ernest Benion's career mark of 121. With three victories he becomes the Illini's all-time career leader in wins.

The Illinois lineup features six senior starters who will be vying for their last shots at Big Ten and national titles. The seniors are Ryan Escobar (125 pounds), Mike Castillo (141), Adam Tirapelle (149), Ben King (174), Nate Patrick (184) and Pat Quirk (197).

Nate Patrick, one of the Illini seniors, may be back next season. Patrick tore his ACL prior to the 1997-98 season and has only been in the starting lineup for two complete seasons. He completed his redshirt season during the 1996-97 season and will seek a medical redshirt year from the NCAA. He finished second at 184 pounds at last year's Big Ten Championships, injury defaulting in the finals.

UP NEXT:
Illinois will travel to Evanston, Ill., for the Big Ten Wrestling Championships set for March 3-4. Any Illini qualifiers will participate in the NCAA championships on March 15-17 in Iowa City, Iowa.

LAST TIME OUT:
The Illini improved to 12-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten with a 25-6 win over No. 8 Ohio State. John Lockhart of Illinois dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to No. 1 Tommy Rowlands in the dual's opening match but win the next eight decisions for the decisive victory.

CASTILLO EARNS WEEKLY HONOR
Illini wrestler Mike Castillo was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week by the conference office following his performance in duals at Purdue and Wisconsin. Castillo, a senior from Western Springs, Ill., went 2-0 during the week with a 15-5 major decision win over Paul Sacquitne of Purdue and an 8-3 upset win over No. 13 Grant Hoerr of Wisconsin. Castillo, ranked No. 20 at the time, has moved up to No. 12 in the Intermat individual rankings at 141 pounds.

THE RATING GAME:
The Fighting Illini are ranked seventh in the latest InterMat NCAA Division I wrestling rankings. Nine Illini individuals are also ranked, they are: Ryan Escobar, 17th (125), Mike Castillo, 12th (141), Adam Tirapelle, 2nd (149), Griff Powell, 17th (157), Matt Lackey, 6th (165), Ben King, 14th (174), Nate Patrick, 2nd (184), Pat Quirk, 12th (197) and John Lockhart, 5th (Heavyweight).

FALL GUYS:
Adam Tirapelle has tied Keith Healy as the Illini's all-time career pins leader. He has eight falls this season and his next pin will place him alone atop the list. Nate Patrick is also making a push up the chart. The senior is currently 28-2 with a team-leading nine falls and has moved into a tie for fifth with Karl Roesler on the list with 21 career pins.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS:
Several Illini are climbing the career wins and pins charts. Adam Tirapelle is 23-1 on the season and has amassed 119 career wins. He currently needs only two more wins to tie Ernest Benion as the Illini career wins leader and three to take possession. At his current pace he will gain the record at the Big Ten tournament in Evanston on March 3-4. Pat Quirk has also cracked the top 10 in career wins. He has 23 wins this season giving him 100 for his career which ranks eighth all-time, just ahead of 2000 NCAA 141-pound national champion Carl Perry.

ANOTHER MARK IN THE BOOK:
The Illini's success on the mat this season has moved head coach Mark Johnson atop the Illini recordbook for career coaching wins. Johnson moved past B.R. Patterson with a 32-3 win over Penn State, moving Johnson's record to 101-25-1 in under nine complete seasons. Patterson ammased a record of 100-113-12 from 1951-68, a span of 18 years. Johnson's current record is 103-26-1.

THE COACH:
Head coach Mark Johnson is in his ninth season as head coach of the Fighting Illini, with a record of 104-26-1 (.798) at Illinois

Has a career record of 124-31-3 (.794) in 11 years

Became the Illini all-time career leader in coaching victories with a 32-3 win over Penn State. He surpassed B.R. Patterson's total of 100 wins. It took Patterson 18 seasons to accumulate 100 wins while Johnson did it in less than nine years.

1977 Michigan graduate and two-time All-American at 177 pounds

1980 U.S. Olympic team member

1995 NCAA Division I Coach of the Year

Has coached four national champions (Ernest Benion, Steve Marianetti, Eric Siebert and Carl Perry), seven NCAA finalitst, 19 All-Americans and 62 Big Ten placewinners at Illinois

Intermat's Top 25 (2/27/01)
1. Minnesota 2. Oklahoma State 3. Iowa 4. Iowa State 5. Michigan 6. Oklahoma 7. Illinois 8. Lehigh 9. Ohio State 10. Edinboro 11. Lock Haven 12. Nebraska 13. Arizona State 14. Michigan State 15. Northern Iowa 16. Fresno State 17. Oregon State 18. Boise State 19. Hofstra 20. Indiana 21. Purdue 22. Central Michigan 23. Oregon 24. Wisconsin 25. Penn State

NWCA (as of 2/21/01)
1. Minnesota (13)    20-1     325
2. Oklahoma State    17-1     312
3. Michigan          17-3-1   293
4. Iowa              19-4     290
5. Iowa State        20-4     275
6. Oklahoma          18-5-1   256
7. Illinois          12-2     251
8. Ohio State        15-6     226
9. (tie) Lehigh      18-5     212
   (tie) Nebraska    11-6     212
11. Arizona State    10-5     196
12. Edinboro         11-3-1   183
13. Michigan State    8-7     172
14. Lock Haven       21-2     151
15. Fresno State     13-5     142
16. Boise State       6-4     131
17. Oregon State     13-6     117
18. Northern Iowa    12-8     107
19. Hofstra           8-7      71
20. Oregon            6-8      65
21. Indiana          15-6      64
22. Central Michigan 15-4      46
23. Wisconsin         9-11-1   43
24. Penn State        8-12     35
25. Purdue           10-6      34

Career Wins Wrestler (Wt.) Wins 1. Ernest Benion (158) 121 2. Steve Marianetti (134/150) 120 3. Adam Tirapelle (149) 119 4. Eric Siebert (150) 112 5. Jevon Herman (177) 110 6. Kevin Puebla (126) 110 7. Jon Llewellyn (Hwt) 106 8. Pat Quirk (197) 100 9. Carl Perry (126/141) 98 10. Kirk Azinger (142/150) 91 Seth Brady (Hwt) 91 Nate Patrick (184) 91

Current Illini 18. John Lockhart (Hwt) 81

Career Pins Wrestler (Wt.) Pins 1. Keith Healy (134) 31 Adam Tirapelle (149) 31 3. Larry TenPas (157) 26 4. Bob Norman (Hwt) 22 5. Karl Roesler (Hwt) 21 Nate Patrick (184) 21 7. Eric Seibert (150) 19 8. Mike O'Brien (126) 18 9. Bill Zeman (165) 17 10. John Lockhart (Hwt) 15

Current Illini Ryan Escobar (125) 10

Career Coaching Wins Coach Years Record 1. Mark Johnson 1993- 104-26-1 2. B.R. Patterson 1951-68 100-113-12 3. H.E. Kenney 1929-43, 47 95-30-3 4. Ron Clinton 1984-92 47-83-0 5. Paul Prehn 1920-28 42-5-0 6. Tom Porter 1974-78 39-50-1 7. Greg Johnson 1979-83 37-52-2 8. Glenn Law 1944-50 30-15-2 9. Jack Robinson 1969-73 27-50-1 10. Walter Evans 1915-17 7-2-2 11. A. Elston 1912-13 2-1-0 12. T. Paulsen 1914 1-0-0 13. R.N. Fargo 1911 0-1-0 89 year total 531-428-24 (.552)

2000 Big Ten Results 1. Iowa 140.50 2. Minnesota 132.50 3. Illinois 97.50 4. Michigan State 87.50 5. Michigan 73.00 6. Northwestern 52.00 7. Ohio State 49.50 8. Penn State 48.50 9. Wisconsin 48.00 10. Indiana 47.00 11. Purdue 24.00

125 1. Jody Strittmatter, Iowa 2. Jeremy Hunter, Penn State 3. Leroy Vega, Minnesota 4. Pat Cassidy, Indiana 5. A.J. Grant, Michigan 6. Kore Sharpley, Ohio State 7. Jason Silverstein, Purdue 8. Ryan Escobar, Illinois

133 1. Eric Juergens, Iowa 2. Pat McNamara, Michigan State 3. Joe Warren, Michigan 4. Evan Robinson, Purdue 5. Dave Stoltz, Illinois 6. Brett Lawrence, Minnesota 7. Scott Moore, Penn State 8. John Giacche, Northwestern

141 1. Doug Schwab, Iowa 2. Scott Schatzman, Northwestern 3. Damion Logan, Michigan 4. Carl Perry, Illinois 5. James Torres, Indiana 6. Grant Hoerr, Wisconsin 7. Mike Castillo, Michigan State 8. Luis Blanco, Purdue

149 1. Adam Tirapelle, Illinois 2. Jared Lawrence, Minnesota 3. Mike Kulczycki, Michigan 4. Karl Nadolsky, Michigan State 5. Mike Zadick, Iowa 6. Tim Myers, Indiana 7. Brian Roskovich, Ohio State 8. Jimmy Hawthorne, Purdue

157 1. T.J. Williams, Iowa 2. Luke Becker, Minnesota 3. Gray Maynard, Michigan State 4. Corey Wallman, Wisconsin 5. Kevin Stanley, Indiana 6. Griff Powell, Illinois 7. Nate Wachter, Penn State 8. Josh Janson, Ohio State 165 1. Don Pritzlaff, Wisconsin 2. Brad Pike, Minnesota 3. Peter Rogers, Ohio State 4. Matt Anderson, Iowa 5. Bill Zeman, Illinois 6. Greg DeGrand, Michigan St. 7. Kirk Moore, Purdue 8. Butch Hildebrand, Indiana

174 1. Mark Bybee, Northwestern 2. Gabe McMahan, Iowa 3. Kole Clauson, Wisconsin 4. Ben King, Illinois 5. Delaney Berger, Minnesota 6. Charles Martelli, Michigan 7. Will Hill, Michigan State 8. Joel Walker, Ohio State

184 1. Brandon Eggum, Minnesota 2. Nate Patrick, Illinois 3. Andy Hrovat, Michigan 4. Jeff Knupp, Penn State 5. Tom Ciezki, Northwestern 6. Donovan True, Ohio State 7. Jessman Smith, Iowa 8. Ty Matthews, Indiana

197 1. Nick Muzashvili, Michigan St. 2. Nick Preston, Ohio State 3. Viktor Sveda, Indiana 4. Ross Thatcher, Penn State 5. Owen Elzen, Minnesota 6. Pat Quirk, Illinois 7. Matt Huebner, Northwestern 8. Lee Weber, Iowa

Heavyweight 1. Brock Lesnar, Minnesota 2. Wes Hand, Iowa 3. John Lockhart, Illinois 4. Matt Lamb, Michigan State 5. Matt Brink, Michigan 6. Mark Janus, Penn State 7. Jake Vercelli, Purdue 8. Josh Saul, Northwestern

2001 Individual Rankings 125 2. Jody Strittmatter Iowa 3. Leroy Vega Minnesota 7. Greg Schaefer Indiana 9. A.J. Grant Michigan 12. Chris Williams Michigan St. 16. Jason Silverstein Purdue 17. Ryan Escobar Illinois 19. Tony Black Wisconsin 20. Kore Sharpley Ohio State

133 1. Eric Juergens Iowa 4. Pat McNamara Michigan St. 5. Brett Lawrence Minnesota 8. Evan Robinson Purude 9. Foley Dowd Michigan 10. Kevin Black Wisconsin 20. Jeff Ratliff Ohio State

141 1. Doug Schwab Iowa 7. Chad Erikson Minnesota 12. Mike Castillo Illinois 13. Robert Sessley Ohio State 14. Mike Castillo Michigan St. 15. Grant Hoerr Wisconsin 16. Clark Forward Michigan

149 2. Adam Tirapelle Illinois 3. Jared Lawrence Minnesota 8. Mike Zadick Iowa 12. Keaton Anderson Ohio State 15. Mike Kulczycki Michigan 17. Karl Nadolsky Michigan St.

157 1. T.J. Williams Iowa 7. Luke Becker Minnesota 15. Gray Maynard Michigan St. 17. Griff Powell Illinois

165 1. Don Pritzlaff Wisconsin 6. Matt Lackey Illinois 7. Brad Pike Minnesota 9. Kevin Stanley Indiana 10. Charles Martelli Michigan 11. Ben Shirk Iowa

174 2. Otto Olson Michigan 5. Gabe McMahan Iowa 12. Jacob Volkmann Minnesota 14. Ben King Illinois 15. Ryan Lange Purdue

184 2. Nate Patrick Illinois 4. Victor Sveda Indiana 5. Damion Hahn Minnesota 6. Andy Hrovat Michigan 8. Jessman Smith Iowa 18. Ralph DeNisco Wisconsin 20. Anton Talamantes Ohio State

197 5. Owen Elzen Minnesota 8. Nick Preston Ohio State 10. Joe DeGain Michigan 11. Nik Fekete Michigan State 12. Pat Quirk Illinois 18. Ty Matthews Indiana

Heavyweight 1. Tommy Rowlands Ohio State 2. Garrett Lowney Minnesota 3. Matt Brink Michigan 5. John Lockhart Illinois 17. Jacob Vercelli Purdue

Intermat individual rankings as of Feb. 27, 2001.

Illinois Big Ten Champions Lightwt. 1913 G.W. Schroeder

115 lbs. 1929 Joe Sapora 1930 Joe Sapora

118 lbs. 1932 J.L. Puerta 1933 Glen Orth 1934 Pete Pakutinsky

121 lbs. 1939 Dave Helsman 1945 Robert Burwell

125 lbs. 1927 Theodore Hesmer

126 lbs. 1931 Wilbur Dooley 1932 Bob Emmons 1933 Bob Emmons 1934 Bill Adams 1935 Pete Pakutinsky 1937 Allen Sapora

128 lbs. 1946 Lou Kachiroubas 1947 Lou Kachiroubas

135 lbs. 1928 Allie Morrison 1929 G.O. Minot 1930 L.M. Bauerle 1931 Bob Emmons 1938 Archie Deutschman

136 lbs. 1939 Archie Deutschman

137 lbs. 1952 Norton Compton 1953 Norton Compton

142 lbs. 1988 Kirk Azinger

145 lbs. 1917 E.V. Kurtzrock 1935 Jack McIlvoy 1937 Jack McIlvoy

147 lbs. 1957 Werner Holzer

149 lbs. 2000 Adam Tirapelle

155 lbs. 1942 Ted Seabrooke 1948 Kenneth Marlin

157 lbs. 1958 Werner Holzer 1961 Mike O'Laughlin

158 lbs. 1917 L.V. Cope 1997 Ernest Benion

165 lbs. 1932 Barney Cosneck 1937 John Ginay 1938 John Ginay 1942 Norm Anthonisen 1943 Tom Smerdel 1947 Dave Shapiro

167 lbs. 1955 Larry TenPas

175 lbs. 1920 H.L. Hoffman 1927 J.H. Ritz 1935 Ralph Silverstein 1946 Norm Anthonisen

HWT 1930 L.S. Burdick 1934 Barney Cosneck 1935 A.W. Dahl 1936 Ralph Silverstein 1941 John Sikish 1948 Charles Gottfreid 1957 Bob Norman 1958 Bob Norman 1989 Jon Llewellyn 1990 Jon Llewellyn 1991 Jon Llewellyn

Big Ten Individual Champions 1. Iowa 172 2. Michigan 108 3. Minnesota 63 4. Michigan State 60 Wisconsin 60 6. ILLINOIS 59 7. Indiana 51 8. Purdue 32 9. Northwestern 30 10. Ohio State 27 11. Penn State 14

Big Ten Team Champions 1. Iowa 30 2. ILLINOIS 16 3. Indiana 13 4. Michigan 11 5. Michigan State 8 6. Purdue 6 7. Minnesota 5 8. Ohio State 2 9. Wisconsin 0 Northwestern 0 Penn State 0

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