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Illinois earns Big Ten home win over Michigan

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- No. 15 Illinois wrestling started strong and pulled away during the second half of its dual against No. 23 Michigan, defeating the Wolverines by a final score of, 20-13, at Huff Hall on Sunday. Redshirt freshman Justin Cardani (125), senior Travis Piotrowski (133) and redshirt junior Dylan Duncan (141) won the first three bouts of the match by decision to give Illinois an initial, 9-0, lead. Redshirt freshman Danny Braunagel (165) and redshirt senior Joey Gunther (174) each won by major decision, giving the Illini crucial bonus points at the weight-classes to go up 17-7. Redshirt freshman Zac Braunagel sealed the Illini victory with his comeback, 5-4, decision victory over Jelani Embree at 184-pounds, which put the dual score out of Michigan's reach. No. 15 Illinois is now 5-3 on the season and 2-2 in Big Ten duals.

Results:
125: No. 24 Justin Cardani (ILL) dec. Jack Medley (MICH), 3-2 | ILL 3, MICH 0
133: No. 8 Travis Piotrowski (ILL) dec. Austin Assad (MICH), 9-7 | ILL 6, MICH 0
141: No. 12 Dylan Duncan (ILL) dec. Cole Mattin (MICH), 6-0 | ILL 9, MICH 0
149: No. 12 Kanen Storr (MICH) major dec. Mousa Jodeh (ILL), 14-4 | ILL 9, MICH 4
157: No. 8 Will Lewan (MICH) dec. Eric Barone (ILL), 3-1 | ILL 9, MICH 7
165: No. 14 Danny Braunagel (ILL) major dec. Reece Hughes (MICH), 10-2 | ILL 13, MICH 7
174: No. 22 Joey Gunther (ILL) major dec. Max Marylo (MICH), 15-3 | ILL 17, MICH 7
184: No. 14 Zac Braunagel (ILL) dec. No. 13 Kelani Embree (MICH), 5-4 | ILL 20, MICH 7
197: Jackson Striggow (MICH) dec. Matt Wroblewski (ILL), 5-2 | ILL 20, MICH 10
285: No. 2 Mason Parris (MICH) dec. Luke Luffman (ILL), 12-5 | ILL 20 MICH 13

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