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Ten Years of: Illinois Wrestling (2013-22)

2x NCAA Champion Jesse Delgado (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)


Welcome to a new, regular feature for InterMat! Every day, for the next few months, we'll look into the recent history of a DI wrestling program with our "Ten Years of…" feature. Even if you're a die-hard supporter of a particular school, there will be good information you may have forgotten. For others, it's a quick way to learn about a program you may not be familiar with. We're going in alphabetical order for this one, so next up is...Illinois!

For past teams:

Air Force

American

Appalachian State

Arizona State

Army West Point

Binghamton

Bloomsburg

Brown

Bucknell

Buffalo

Cal Poly

Campbell

Central Michigan

Chattanooga

Clarion

Cleveland State

Columbia

Cornell

CSU Bakersfield

Davidson

Drexel

Duke

Edinboro

Franklin & Marshall

Gardner-Webb

George Mason

Harvard

Hofstra

NCAA Qualifiers (66)

2022


125 - Justin Cardani (#27); 133 - Lucas Byrd (#7); 184 - Zac Braunagel (#9); 285 - Luke Luffman (#14)


2021

133 - Lucas Byrd (#7); 141 - Dylan Duncan (#14); 165 - Danny Braunagel (#15); 184 - Zac Braunagel (#19); 285 - Luke Luffman (#16)


2020

125 - Justin Cardani (#21); 133 - Travis Piotrowski (#7); 141 - Dylan Duncan (#19); 157 - Eric Barone (#26); 165 - Danny Braunagel (#15); 174 - Joey Gunther (#17); 184 - Zac Braunagel (#15); 285 - Luke Luffman


2019

125 - Travis Piotrowski (#11); 133 - Dylan Duncan (#30); 141 - Mike Carr (#6); 157 - Eric Barone (#15); 165 - Joey Gunther (#26); 184 - Emery Parker (#4)


2018

125 - Travis Piotrowski; 133 - Dylan Duncan; 141 - Mike Carr (#11); 165 - Isaiah Martinez (#1); 184 - Emery Parker (#10)


2017

125 - Travis Piotrowski; 133 - Zane Richards (#8); 149 - Eric Barone; 157 - Kyle Langendefer; 165 - Isaiah Martinez (#1); 174 - Zac Brunson (#10); 184 - Emery Parker (#11)


2016

133 - Zane Richards (#3); 157 - Isaiah Martinez (#1); 165 - Steven Rodrigues (#6); 174 - Zac Brunson (#5); 184 - Jeff Koepke; 285 - Brooks Black


2015

125 - Jesse Delgado; 133 - Zane Richards (#5); 141 - Steven Rodrigues; 149 - Kyle Langenderfer; 157 - Isaiah Martinez (#1); 165 - Jackson Morse (#9); 174 - Zac Brunson (#11); 184 - Nikko Reyes; 197 - Jeff Koepke; 285 - Brooks Black

2014

125 - Jesse Delgado (#1); 133 - Zane Richards (#14); 141 - Steven Rodrigues; 157 - Zac Brunson (#16); 165 - Jackson Morse (#12); 174 - Tony Dallago; 184 - Nikko Reyes; 197 - Mario Gonzalez


2013

125 - Jesse Delgado (#2); 133 - Daryl Thomas; 149 - Caleb Ervin; 165 - Conrad Polz (#7); 174 - Jordan Blanton (#7); 184 - Tony Dallago; 197 - Mario Gonzalez


NCAA Champions

Isaiah Martinez: 2015 (157); 2016 (157)

Jesse Delgado: 2013 (125); 2014 (125)


NCAA All-Americans

Lucas Byrd (2022 - 5th; 2021 - 5th)

Dylan Duncan (2021 - 5th)

Emery Parker (2019 - 5th; 2018 - 3rd)

Isaiah Martinez (2018 - 2nd; 2017 - 2nd; 2016 - 1st; 2015 - 1st)

Zane Richards (2017 - 7th; 2016 - 4th)

Zac Brunson (2017 - 6th)

Steven Rodrigues (2016 - 5th)

Jackson Morse (2015 - 4th)

Conrad Polz (2013 - 5th)

Jordan Blanton (2013 - 7th)


NWCA All-Americans

Travis Piotrowski (133 - 1st Team)


NCAA Round of 12 Finishers

Zac Braunagel - 184 (2022)

Mike Carr - 141 (2018)

Emery Parker - 184 (2017)

Brooks Black - 285 (2016)

Zac Brunson - 174 (2015)

Tony Dallago - 174 (2014)

Mario Gonzalez - 197 (2013, 2014)


Big Ten Champions

2018: Isaiah Martinez (165)

2017: Isaiah Martinez (165)

2016: Isaiah Martinez (157)

2015: Isaiah Martinez (157)

2014: Jesse Delgado (125)

2013: Jesse Delgado (125)


Big Ten Runner's-Up

2018: Mike Carr (141)

2016: Zane Richards (133); Zac Brunson (174)

2013: Conrad Polz (165)


Dual Record

2021-22: 3-7

2021: 5-3

2019-20: 10-4

2018-19: 2-9

2017-18: 7-4

2016-17: 9-3

2015-16: 13-5

2014-15: 13-5

2013-14: 11-8

2012-13: 7-6-1


Big Ten Tournament Placement

2021-22: 11th

2021: 11th

2019-20: 11th

2018-19: 11th

2017-18: 8th

2016-17: 6th

2015-16: 7th

2014-15: 6th

2013-14: 6th

2012-13: 5th


NCAA Tournament Team Placement

2021-22: 25th

2021: 18th

2019-20: No Tournament

2018-19: 26th

2017-18: 13th-tie

2016-17: 11th

2015-16: 10th-tie

2014-15: 12th

2013-14: 13th

2012-13: 9th


Head Coaching History

Mike Poeta (2021-Present)

Jim Heffernan (2009-2021)


Best Lineup (Comprised of wrestlers from 2013-22)

125 - Jesse Delgado: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#1, #2, and #4 seeds); 2x NCAA Champion; 3x All-American (1st, 1st, 7th); 2x Big Ten Champion

133 - Lucas Byrd: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#7 seed x2); 2x All-American (5th x2); 2021 Big Ten Third Place

141 - Steven Rodrigues: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#6 seed); 2016 All-American (5th); 2016 Big Ten Third Place

149 - Kyle Langenderfer: 2x NCAA Qualifier; 2015 Big Ten Third Place

157 - Isaiah Martinez: 4x NCAA Finalist (1st 2x; 2nd 2x); 4x Big Ten Champion; 4x NCAA #1 seed

165 - Conrad Polz: 2x NCAA Qualifier (#7 and #9 seeds); 2x All-American (5th, 8th); 2013 Big Ten Runner-Up

174 - Jordan Blanton: 4x NCAA Qualifier (#7 x2 and #10 seeds); 3x All-American (4th, 5th, 7th); 2010 Big Ten Third Place

184 - Emery Parker: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#4, #10, and #11 seeds); 2x All-American (3rd, 5th); 2019 Big Ten Third Place

197 - Mario Gonzalez: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#7 seed); 2x NCAA Round of 12 finisher; 2013 Big Ten Third Place

285 - Luke Luffman: 3x NCAA Qualifier (#14 and #16 seeds)


Recruiting

Big Boarder's Per Year


2022: #235 Kole Brower (IL)

2021: #29 Maximo Renteria (CA); #129 Dylan Connell (IL); #293 Caden Ernd (IL); #299 Joey Braunagel (IL)

2020: #70 Luke Odom (IL); #88 Danny Pucino (IL); #134 E'Lan Heard (IL)

2019: #25 Lucas Byrd (OH); #41 Luke Luffman (IL)

2017: #42 Justin Mejia (CA)

2016: #40 Dylan Duncan (IL); #55 Mike Carr (PA); #59 Travis Piotrowski (IL)

2015: #19 Xavier Montalvo (IL); #90 Eric Barone (IL); #124 Carver James (IL)

2014: #12 Jered Cortez (IL); #79 Brock Ervin (KY)

2013: #5 Isaiah Martinez (CA); #9 Brooks Black (PA); #62 Kyle Langenderfer (IL)


International Accolades (Active Team Members and Alumni)

Isaiah Martinez - 2017 U23 Freestyle World Team Member (5th Place)

Luke Luffman - 2021 Junior Greco-Roman World Team Member (14th Place)

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