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  • Preview of the ILLINI versus Stupid Northwestern Dual

    The remainder of the Preview can be found at this link. It is FREE like AMERICA! And it is proudly MADE IN AMERICA like ethanol, giant packages of only Turkey necks and pornography!

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    FUN FACTS

    In this century, the ILLINI have won seventeen of the eighteen duals against Northwestern. There was a fifteen-match win streak during that time frame. The largest margin of victory occurred in 2001 as the team from ILLINOIS won 40-3.

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    Including his redshirt season, ILLINI Legend Isaiah Martinez had a total of nineteen pinfalls wrestling for the Orange and Blue. Yet, four of those falls came in his four duals against Northwestern. If you count only his varsity years, IMAR had 17 pins. That means that 23.52% of his pins came against Northwestern during duals. Almost a quarter of all his pins! Was that a coincidence? Is IMAR the ultimate team-first wrestler? Or, does he just hate Northwestern like the rest of America hates Northwestern?

    TIME CAPSULE

    Bazooka Joe bubble gum no longer includes comics with their product, causing dad joke fans around the world to weep. The soap opera One Life to Live dies at the age of forty-four. Surprisingly, Van Halen is still alive and releases their twelfth studio album.

    It is 2012.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II earns over a billion dollars in revenue. World of Warcraft earns nearly a billion dollars. Iconic American company Kodak files for bankruptcy. The ILLINI enjoy a number of "Kodak Moments" on January 27, 2012 as seven wrestlers wearing the Orange and Blue are victorious in the dual with Northwestern. Here's that box score:

    #8 Illinois 26, #18 Northwestern 10

    174 - No. 12 Jordan Blanton (ILL) dec. No. 13 Lee Munster (NU), 14-8
    184 - Tony Dallago (ILL) maj. dec. Robert Kellogg (NU), 13-3
    197 - No. 16 Mario Gonzalez (ILL) dec. John Schoen (NU), 4-2
    HWT - No. 15 Mike McMullan (NU) dec. Pat Walker (ILL), 4-2
    125 - No. 9 Levi Mele (NU) dec. No. 5 Jesse Delgado (ILL), 13-7
    133 - No. 5 B.J. Futrell (ILL) pinned Jameson Oster (NU), 2:32
    141 - Daryl Thomas (ILL) maj. dec. Colin Shober (NU), 17-6
    149 - No. 16 Eric Terrazas (ILL) dec. Kaleb Friedley (NU), 9-7
    157 - No. 2 Jason Welch (NU) maj. dec. Jackson Morse (ILL), 13-3
    165 - No. 10 Conrad Polz (ILL) dec. Pierce Harger (NU), 5-2


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    Reposted from the ILLINI Wrestling Blog & Forum & Beyond.



    The ILLINI start things off in Champaign on Saturday with a dual against Stupid Northwestern. The promo for the event is free t-shirts for the first four hundred through the gates. These are white shirts because it is going to be a "White Out."

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    You probably noticed it right away, but it took me a minute to figure it out. The shirts look awfully like the new white singlets the ILLINI unveiled earlier this year. I'm going to guess that the ILLINI wrestle in these:

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    The next day, Sunday, you can head up I-74 to Chicago for the IRTC/Beat the Streets party and fundraiser:

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    • #3
      Tough outcome today for the Illini, but there were definitely bright spots/things to build on, the new singlets are fire, and it was nice seeing Duncan back!

      One item that stuck-out that I didn’t understand— at 157 Illini was down 14 - 0 after the first period, being dominated by Deakin (no shame in that), but fighting really hard to avoid the pin for his team while having his arms ripped off (nothing dirty, but those arm bars hurt my shoulders to watch!)

      At start of second period, it was Illini’s choice, he looked at his coaches and they had him defer. Deakin chose top and gets to continue the domination and continue working arm bars. Why not instead choose neutral, fight hard, and hopefully worst case give up a td which leads to a tech fall? (It ended up being a tech because Illini was able to turtle up on bottom, but still…). I know these are D1athletes and this is the Big10, and Illini guy needs to practice getting off the bottom, but after he had fought so hard that first period really disagree with the call.

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      • #4
        Unfortunately the few bright spots ( Byrd, Duncan and little Brawny) were out numbered by the rest of the team and coaches. Typical Cardani match where he can’t finish a takedown, Kantzler, Roberts, Shannon. and the 197 lber should not be Big 10 starters Big Brawny gassed and should have earned bonus points and Luffman got ridden badly in the 3rd period when an escape wins the match. Still too early to judge Poeta and Ruth but so far it’s not looking real promising. It’s the first time since I think they said 1989 that Northwestern won in Champaign. Currently they are in dead last in the conference. Sorry to sound like a downer but things have to get better. Illinois is a proud wrestling state and it’s hard to watch this team right now, but I will and hope they get it fixed soon

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        • #5
          Cardani has perfected the face plant single leg attempt. Byrd looked great, and so did Duncan. Wonder what kept him off the mat for so long. We have huge holes at 149, 157 and 174. Glad to see little Brawny get a win along with his brother. Luffman started off well and then he seemed to forget how to wrestle on bottom. I believe we are now tied for last in the Big 10 with Maryland. I guess this is a rebuilding year for Poeta.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dadudaman4 View Post
            Cardani has perfected the face plant single leg attempt. Byrd looked great, and so did Duncan. Wonder what kept him off the mat for so long. We have huge holes at 149, 157 and 174. Glad to see little Brawny get a win along with his brother. Luffman started off well and then he seemed to forget how to wrestle on bottom. I believe we are now tied for last in the Big 10 with Maryland. I guess this is a rebuilding year for Poeta.
            Yes after watching the Northwestern match I would agree it is definitely a rebuilding time ( not sure it will only be a year tho). Not sure who they have currently to improve 149, 157, 174, or even 197

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            • #7
              The complete ILLINI Wrestling Blog and Forum and Beyond dual recap can be found here and here.



              PRELIMINARIES

              The meet started out at 133, which is good and bad for the ILLINI. I think that Chris Cannon is quite a bit bigger than Lucas Byrd, so that might be advantage ILLINI. However, I think that Michael DeAugustino is way bigger than Justin Cardani, so that might be advantage Mildcats. He will have plenty of time to rehydrate. The ILLINI are without their usual starting 197, so the team goes with super-sub Nikita Nepomnyashchiy.

              The dual took place at the Assembly Hall (State Farm Center) covered by BTN. Because I don't get BTN in South Carolina--that service is not offered underneath the overpass where I live--I had to wait until BTN+ carried the rebroadcast. Of course, the best news for the ILLINI was the return of All American Dylan Duncan to the lineup.

              Northwestern's lineup included a backup, but that was at a weight where the ILLINI, Zac Braunagel, was predicted to win by major anyway. Starting out at 133 also could be good to get the momentum for the ILLINI: Beat their All American right off the bat, and then let your second AA do damage.


              LUCAS BYRD vs. CHRIS CANNON. The ILLINI went to his offense early with a slick shrug-by that led to this position:


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              That's a good position to be in.

              Cannon tried to fight off the takedown, but the ILLINI uses a wily trick to secure it. He gets his leg over the Wildcat's and uses his knee to pin his opponent's leg to the ground, allowing him to scoot around for two!


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              ... and so on.


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              • #8
                Cardani has not improved his single leg technique one iota since he got to Illinois. Hard to believe he continues to lose matches because he cannot finish.

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                • #9
                  Mind boggling really, how can he not be getting better with Byrd in the room, also why is it he still only has 1 move. Where are the throw by's, duck unders, ankle picks anything really. Its just a single and a prayer

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