Powless, ranked third nationally, put an end to the Illinois run in the 197 lbs. match-up. After giving up a quick takedown to #16 Mario Gonzalez, Powless revved it up and scored 11 points in a multitude of ways (takedown, near fall, reversal, escape and over four minutes of riding time) to secure an 11-3 major decision. It marked the team-leading 8th major for Powless this season and 33rd of his career.
The Newburgh, Ind., native now has 113 career victories. His next `W' will pull him even with assistant coach Joe Dubuque (2002-06) and Sam Komar (1975-78) for ninth all-time in school history. Three more wins and he passes both assistants to move up into seventh place as Pat DeGain racked up 115 wins in his illustrious Hoosier career.