Illini Wrestling: Isaiah Martinez Advances To 157lb Semifinal


The top seed of the 157lb class got a late takedown to clinch a 6-3 decision over Virginia Tech's Joey Brascetta. The win advances Martinez to the semifinals, earning him All-American honors for the second year. He'll take on 26-1 Ian Miller of Kent State for the right to go to the championship match to defend his national title. Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket, his nemesis Jason Nolf pulled away in the third period for an 11-3 major decision to advance to the semifinals. The Penn State freshman is the only wrestler to defeat Martinez in the college ranks.