IOWA CITY — Iowa used some late heroics from Cash Wilcke and Sam Stoll to snatch an 18-17 Big Ten wrestling victory from Illinois Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The 15th-ranked Illini (1-2 overall, 0-1 Big Ten) won five of the first eight matches and built a 17-9 lead heading into the 197-pound bout. Wilcke delivered a 3-1 sudden victory decision to keep the seventh-ranked Hawkeyes alive, and Stoll finished it with a first-period pin as Iowa avoided its first loss to Illinois since 2006.

Brandon Sorensen, Michael Kemerer and Joseph Gunther all won by decision and remained unbeaten for the Hawkeyes, who improved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Wilcke and Stoll are also unbeaten.

Iowa 18, Illinois 17

125 — Travis Piotrowski (Ill.) dec. Justin Stickley, 7-4, 133 — Dylan Duncan (Ill.) dec. Phillip Laux, 6-1, 141 — Michael Carr (Ill.) dec. Vincent Turk, 7-5, 149 — Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) dec. Eric Barone, 4-1, 157 — Michael Kemerer (Iowa) dec. Kyle Langenderfer, 4-1, 165 — Isaiah Martinez (Ill.) tech. fall over Kaleb Young, 23-8, 6:37, 174 — Joseph Gunther (Iowa) dec. David Riojas, 6-1, 184 — Emory Parker (Ill.) dec. Mitchell Bowman, 5-3, 197 — Cash Wilcke (Iowa) dec. Andre Lee, 3-1, SV1, 285 — Sam Stoll (Iowa) pinned Deuce Rachal, 2:02.

Iowa 18, Illinois 17

125 — Travis Piotrowski (Ill.) dec. Justin Stickley, 7-4, 133 — Dylan Duncan (Ill.) dec. Phillip Laux, 6-1, 141 — Michael Carr (Ill.) dec. Vincent Turk, 7-5, 149 — Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) dec. Eric Barone, 4-1, 157 — Michael Kemerer (Iowa) dec. Kyle Langenderfer, 4-1, 165 — Isaiah Martinez (Ill.) tech. fall over Kaleb Young, 23-8, 6:37, 174 — Joseph Gunther (Iowa) dec. David Riojas, 6-1, 184 — Emory Parker (Ill.) dec. Mitchell Bowman, 5-3, 197 — Cash Wilcke (Iowa) dec. Andre Lee, 3-1, SV1, 285 — Sam Stoll (Iowa) pinned Deuce Rachal, 2:02.

Iowa 18, Illinois 17

125 — Travis Piotrowski (Ill.) dec. Justin Stickley, 7-4, 133 — Dylan Duncan (Ill.) dec. Phillip Laux, 6-1, 141 — Michael Carr (Ill.) dec. Vincent Turk, 7-5, 149 — Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) dec. Eric Barone, 4-1, 157 — Michael Kemerer (Iowa) dec. Kyle Langenderfer, 4-1, 165 — Isaiah Martinez (Ill.) tech. fall over Kaleb Young, 23-8, 6:37, 174 — Joseph Gunther (Iowa) dec. David Riojas, 6-1, 184 — Emory Parker (Ill.) dec. Mitchell Bowman, 5-3, 197 — Cash Wilcke (Iowa) dec. Andre Lee, 3-1, SV1, 285 — Sam Stoll (Iowa) pinned Deuce Rachal, 2:02.

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