Martinez pinned, falls in NCAA title match

ST. LOUIS — Isaiah Martinez wrestled the 100th match of his career Saturday night at Scottrade Center, donning his orange singlet reserved solely for national championships against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph in the 165-pound title match.

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UI roundup: Yalowitz's 5 RBI pace Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Jack Yalowitz struck a three-run homer and drove in the first of four sixth-inning runs for Illinois baseball Friday, lifting the host team to an 11-5 win over Toledo.

The Illini (5-9) led 5-4 when Yalowitz notched an RBI double in the sixth inning, the first of three run-scoring hits in the frame for Illinois.

Martinez one victory from record third national title

ST. LOUIS — Bust out the orange singlet again. Isaiah Martinez is back in a national championship match.

Four Illini wrestlers into NCAA quarterfinals

ST. LOUIS — Isaiah Martinez kept his chase for a third straight national title intact during the first day of the NCAA championships at Scottrade Center.

And three of his other Illinois teammates still have a chance to win a national championship after getting through Thursday unscathed.

Meet seven UI wrestlers heading to NCAA Championships

Seven wrestlers will compete for Illinois at the NCAA Championships, which open Thursday in St. Louis. Here’s a grappler-by-grappler look:

Travis Piotrowski
125 pounds

Hometown: Crystal Lake

Season record: 18-13

Martinez sets sights on third NCAA wrestling title

CHAMPAIGN — Locally, we know Isaiah Martinez as the two-time NCAA wrestling champion with a near-perfect college record of 94-1. He’s a big deal.

Visit any wrestling venue and you will find out just how big.

March 17 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 1:00pm

Who is the next Illinois basketball coach? Will Isaiah Martinez win another national championship this weekend? What's next for Lovie Smith's program? When will Mark Smith decide on a college? Sports editor Matt Daniels will take any and all questions on a variety of topics at 1 p.m. on Friday. Feel free to submit plenty of questions ahead of time.

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Martinez wins third Big Ten wrestling championship

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — “I thought he was pinned, but it didn’t really matter.”

That was among the tidbits uttered by Illinois 165-pound wrestler Isaiah Martinez on Sunday after he captured his third Big Ten title in as many tries.