Photos from John Dergo's Big Ten championship match
Photos from Thursday's first session at the 2008 NCAA Championships
Midlands - Day 2
Illinois comes from behind and beats Penn State.
2008-09: Qualified for the 2009 NCAA Championships by finishing fourth at the Big Ten Championships, earning an automatic berth ... Went at career-best 3-2 at NCAAs ... Got a late start to the season because of an injury, wrestling his first match on Dec. 13 ... Placed eighth at Midlands.
2007-08: Qualified for NCAA Championships by finishing fifth at Big Ten Championships for the second-straight season ... Went 2-2 at NCAAs ... Scored five unanswered points to win 6-3 and keep his season alive after being down 3-1 to Penn State's No. 16 Dave Erwin in the Big Ten consolations ... Ranked in the NWCA/Intermat Top 20 all season, ascending as high as No. 11 ... Led team and ranked 12th in the country with 11 major decisions ... Defeated No. 16 Dave Erwin (PSU) on Feb. 3 ... Defeated No. 10 Brandon Browne (NEB) at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ... Finished sixth at both the Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands ... Won the Missouri Open.
2006-07: True-freshman full-time starter at 184 ... Finished the season ranked at No. 11 ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing fifth at the 2007 Big Ten Championships ... Went 2-2 at NCAAs ... Named to Amateur Wrestling News' 2007 All-Rookie team at 184 ... Took a 4-1 decision over Mike Ward of Penn State to give the Illini a come-from-behind 18-16 victory ... Placed sixth at the Midlands Championships ... Claimed the Missouri Open and UNI Open titles ... Won the Dubuque Open.
HIGH SCHOOL: Claimed back-to-back state titles (2005-2006) ... Won his last 86 consecutive matches ... Placed third at the state meet as a sophomore ... Was named both the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune Football Player of the Year ... Sun Times and Tribune/WGN Prep Athlete of the Year ... Played on the 2005 State Championship football team ... Rushed for 3,010 yards and had 52 touchdowns as a running back during the 2005 season ... Won four letters each in wrestling, football and track and field.
PERSONAL: Full given name is John Gehrig Dergo ... Born Nov. 20, 1987 ... Parents are George and Brenda Dergo ... Majoring in kinesiology ... Biggest thrill in sports was winning his first state wrestling championship his junior year ... Favorite athlete is Chuck Liddell because he always finds a way to win ... Says his father has influenced his athletic career because he has coached him throughout life ... Fighting Illini hero is Jon Lanning.
DERGO'S CAREER RECORD
Year W L F Big Tens NCAAs 2006-07 24 12 4 5th DNP 2007-08 28 15 2 5th DNP 2008-09 17 10 1 4th DNP Total 69 37 7