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No. 17 Illinois Fall to No. 15 Northwestern via Tiebreakers

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All rankings according to InterMat
EVANSTON, Ill.— the no 17 Illinois wrestling squad lost to in-state rival No. 15 Northwestern 17-17 via tiebreakers on Friday, Jan 20. Northwestern had the edge in the third tie breaking criteria of total match points scored outside of pins, 52-46.

The meet started with a couple ranked on ranked wins for the Illini. First at 133 lbs., red shirt sophomore no. 10 Lucas Byrd decided no. 13 Chris Cannon 5-2 and clocked in 1:41 of riding time. Next at 141 lbs. redshirt sophomore Danny Pucino upset no. 10 Frankie Tal-Shahar 8-6. This put the Illini up 6-0 early.

Illinois next win wouldn’t come until the 174-pound bout. Red shirt sophomore no. 10 Edmond Ruth got the technical fall over Ankhaa Enkhmandakh, 16-0 at the 5:28 mark. This is Ruth’s 19th straight win and put the Illini back on top 11-10.

No. 26 Dylan Connell (184 lbs.) thrives in the last 15 seconds of the match as this is his third win with a takedown in the last 15 seconds give him the edge. He defeated Jon Halvorsen by decision 3-1. Red shirt junior no. 11 Zac ​​Braunagel built his win streak to seven with a 3-2 decision over No. 29AndrewDavidson. The Illini led 17-10 at this point.


The Orange and Blue wrestling team is back home Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 pm CT from the State Farm Center. It will be Military Appreciation Day in the SFC, the first 200 fans will be rewarded with a special free Illinois Military Appreciation t-shirt.

full results

weight matchup Score
133: #10 Lucas Byrd dec. #13 Chris Cannon, 5-2 ILL 3 I NW 0
141: #14 Danny Pucino dec. #10 Frankie Tal-shahar, 8-6 ILL 6 I NW 0
149 #4 Yahya Thomas dec. Jake Harrier, 7-3 ILL 6 I NW 3
157: #14 Trevor Chumbley major dec. Anthony Federico, 10-2 ILL 6 I NW 7
165: #23 Maxx Mayfield dec. #11 Danny Braunagel, 8-3 ILL 6 I NW 10
174: #10 Edmond Ruth Tech. case Ankhaa Enkhmandakh, 16-0 5:28 ILL 11 I NW 10
184: #26 Dylan Connell dec. Jon Halvorsen, 3-1 ILL 14 I NW 10
197: #11 Zac ​​Braunagel dec. #29 Andrew Davison, 3-2 ILL 17 | NW 10
HWT: #4 Lucas Davison dec. Matt Wroblewski, 6-2 ILL 17 I NW 13
125: #4 Michael DeAugustino major dec. Maximo Renteria ILL 17 I NW 17

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