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January 25, 2015

Illinois 31, Northwestern 9

Illinois travelled to Evanston and dispatched host Northwestern. The Fighting Illini were aided by forfeit wins for Zac Brunson at 174 and heavyweight Brooks Black.

Photos by Akayna Calkins

Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan makes a point to one of his wrestlers against Big Ten rival Northwestern.


Northwestern head coach Drew Pariano is focused on the action.



125 pounds

Garrison White (11-11), of Northwestern, takes on Dominic Olivieri (9-10), of Illinois. Olivieri won a 5-2 decision.


133 pounds

Fourth-ranked Zane Richards (20-2), of Illinois, battles Northwestern's Dominick Malone (16-12). Richards won with a 14-5 major decision.



141 pounds

Twelfth-ranked Steven Rodrigues (10-7), of Illinois, topped Northwestern's Jameson Oster (15-8) with an 8-6 decision.




149 pounds

National champion and top-ranked Jason Tsirtsis (25-1), of Northwestern, was challenged by Illinois freshman Kyle Langenderfer (14-9). Tsirtsis (top) hung on for a 4-2 decision.


157 pounds

Unbeaten and fourth-ranked Isaiah Martinez (22-0), of Illinois, continued his winning ways with a fall over Northwestern's Ben Sullivan (bottom) at 157.


165 pounds

Nationally ranked wrestlers battled it out at 165. Sixth-ranked Pierce Harger (20-4, top), of Northwestern, won a 3-1 decision over eighth-ranked Jackson Morse (21-3), of Illinois.


184 pounds

Illini Nikko Reyes (18-7, top) silenced Northwestern's Mitch Sliga (9-13) 4-1.


194 pounds

Northwestern's 13th-ranked Alex Polizzi (21-6, right) added another win to his season total after dispatching Illini Jeff Koepke (14-10).

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