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Illinois Wrestling: No. 9 Illini at Indiana Dual Preview

Fighting Illini look for 2-0 start to open Big Ten season

Courtesy of Illinois Athletics

Illinois makes a quick turnaround as they visit Indiana in their first Big Ten road meet Sunday.

The No. 9 Fighting Illini (7-1, 1-0 Big Ten) are coming off a 24-9 win over conference newcomer Rutgers at home Friday. In the dual, the Illini won seven of the 10 bouts, including a 2-0 upset victory by No. 19 Steven Rodrigues over No. 7 Anthony Ashnault at 141 pounds.

Indiana (2-3, 0-2) fell to No. 4 Penn State 42-3 on the road Friday. Redshirt-freshman Taylor Walsh was the lone victor with a 9-6 decision at 165 pounds. Walsh defeated Illinois' No. 8 Jackson Morse in the semifinal round at the 52nd annual Midlands Championships. Walsh went on to the win Midlands.

The Hooisers' No. 19 Nate Jackson placed eighth at Midlands at 174 pounds. Walsh and Jackson are the only ranked Hooiser wrestlers.

Illinois Probable Starters

125: 1/1 Jesse Delgado, 2-0, Sr.

OR -/- Dominic Olivieri, 6-8, R-Jr.

133: 3/6 Zane Richards, 16-1, R-So.

141: 16/19 Steven Rodrigues, 8-4, R-Jr.

OR -/- Logan Arlis, 8-6, R-Sr.

149: -/- Kyle Langenderfer, 12-6, R-Jr.

157: 4/7 Isaiah Martinez, 17-0, R-Fr.

165: 8/8 Jackson Morse, 18-1, R-Sr.

174: 6/6 Zac Brunson, 17-1, R-So.

184: 14/20 Nikko Reyes, 16-5, R-So.

197: -/- Jeff Koepke, 13-6, R-Jr.

HWT: -/- Christopher Lopez, 11-4, R-Jr.

OR -/- Brooks Black, 10-7, R-Fr.

*Rankings are listed in W.I.N./InterMat

Key Match-ups

165: No. 8 Jackson Morse vs No. 4 Taylor Walsh

- In a rematch from the semifinals at the Midlands, this is easily the match of the day. Morse's loss to Walsh is his only one this season.

174: No. 6 Zac Brunson vs No. 19 Nate Jackson

- With only two match ups facing ranked opponents, this should be one of the more contested matches.

197: Jeff Koepke vs Luke Sheridan

- Koepke won his first match in three tries on Friday while Sheridan fell to Penn State's No. 4 Morgan McIntosh by a 6-3 decision in a close bout.

Meet Information

Where: University Gym

Time: Noon CT

Stream: N/A

Live ResultsTrack Wrestling


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