WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Illinois wrestling crew discovered itself inside hanging distance of Purdue after the primary 4 matches of Friday evening’s Big Ten twin.

Then the host Boilermakers acquired on a roll, successful 4 of the ultimate six matches handy the visiting Illini a 25-13 defeat at Holloway Gymnasium.

Purdue led 8-6 by 4 matches after Illinois acquired wins from Lucas Byrd at 133 (5-0 determination in opposition to Matt Ramos) and Christian Kanzler at 149 (3-1 determination over Alec White). It was Byrd’s team-leading 13 victory of the season.

Centennial graduate Justin Cardani dropped a low-scoring match at 125, because the Boilermakers’ Devin Schroder held on for a 1-0 victory, whereas Parker Filius additionally gained — this time by technical fall — to present Purdue 5 factors after beating We Rachal 16-0 at 141 in 4 minutes, 52 seconds.

The Illini dropped matches at 157 (Joe Roberts), 165 (Danny Braunagel), 174 (DJ Shannon) and 197 (Nikita Nepomnyashchiy), with Gerrit Nijenhuis’ pinfall victory in opposition to Shannon in two minutes turning out to be probably the most consequential consequence.

Zac Braunagel at 184 and Luke Luffman at heavyweight accounted for Illinois’ two wins within the higher weight courses, with Braunagel claiming a 5-2 determination and Luffman — an Urbana graduate — closing out at 10-2 win by main determination.

Illinois (2-3) will subsequent be in motion on Jan. 29 when the Illini host Northwestern at State Farm Center.

In monitor and area

Nettles shines. Kenli Nettles’ debut was properly well worth the wait.

The space standout — who gained three IHSA state titles as a junior at Arthur-Lovington/ Atwood-Hammond — transferred to Illinois after one semester at Iowa in 2020 and battled by an damage earlier than making her school debut at Friday’s Illini Invitational contested on the UI Armory in Champaign.

Friday noticed Nettles gather a ladies’s pentathlon title with 3,126 factors after successful three of the 5 occasions, together with the 60-meter hurdles (9.20 seconds), excessive soar (1.62m meters) and lengthy soar (5.13 meters).

“It was a big day for Kenli,” Illinois coach Mike Turk stated. “Not so much for the performances but the fact she was even able to compete is a testament to her determination. I am so happy for her return to competition. She can help us.”

In the boys’s heptathlon, junior Alexander Babbington leads the Illini by 4 occasions, sitting in third place with 3,004 factors.

In ladies’s basketball

Illini hit street. Illinois will play on Sunday. Just not at State Farm Center.

The Illini (6-10, 1-4 Big Ten) have been scheduled to host Nebraska (13-4, 2-4) at 2 p.m. in Champaign, however the sport is postponed due to COVID-19 points inside the Cornhuskers’ program.

But Illinois will nonetheless get a sport in on Sunday, albeit in a unique state. The Illini, who’ve misplaced two video games in a row, will now journey to play at No. 25 Iowa (11-4, 5-1) in a 5 p.m. tip at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

The Illini and Hawkeyes have been initially scheduled to play Jan. 2 earlier than the sport was rescheduled due to COVID-19 points inside the Illini program.

In ladies’s tennis

Schedule shuffle. Illinois remains to be slated to play twice on Sunday at Atkins Tennis Center, simply not in opposition to the identical two in-state foes it was scheduled to face.

The Illini (2-1) will host Eastern Illinois at midday and Chicago State at 4 p.m.

The match with EIU is totally different as Illinois was imagined to play Northern Illinois, however COVID-19 points inside the Huskies’ program induced the rescheduling.