Basketball, Gymnastics Standouts Take Home Prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor
Second year Illini assistant awarded post season honor
Sophomore's victory was first 125 pound win in school history
Delgado and three Illini wrestlers still alive
Polz and Blanton earn All-America honor
Pictures from the final session of the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships.
Session 1 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.
Session 2 of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at the Assembly Hall.
Photos from the Illinois vs. Iowa match on Feb. 8, 2013
Photos from Illinois vs. Penn State dual on Feb. 3, 2013
2013 NCAA Champion
2013 Big Ten Outstanding Wrestler of the Championships
2012-13: NCAA Champion at 125, defeating No. 4 Nico Megaludis 7-4 in the finals of the 2013 NCAA Championships ... Became Illinois' first ever national champion at 125 and first on top the podium since Matt Lackey in 2003 ... Also earned his second career All-America honor ... Finished season with a 27-3 record ... Defeated top-seeded Matt McDonough (Iowa) to win the Big Ten 125 title, becoming the first Illini to win an NCAA/Big Ten title in the same year since 2003 ... Was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Championships ... Owned a 6-1 Big Ten dual record and scored 35 dual points for the Illini, the second most on the team this season ... Finished a career-best second place at the Midlands Championship ... Placed runner-up at the Northern Iowa Open.
2011-12:Earned his first career All-America honor by placing seventh at the 2012 NCAA Championships ... Went 4-1 at the NCAA Championships, including a win over No. 3 Alan Waters (Missouri) ... Finished third at the Big Ten Championships to qualify automatically for the NCAA Championships ... Went 6-2 during the Big Ten dual season and was the only wrestler this season to defeat No. 1 Matt McDonough (Iowa) ... Placed third at Midlands ... Won the Loras Open.
HIGH SCHOOL: Placed first in the 2011 NWCA National Collegiate Open...Placed first in the FILA Junior Nationals Freestyle Championships in 2011...Placed third in the California State championships in 2007 and 2008...Won a California state title in 2009...Placed fourth in the California State Championships in 2010...Won the NHSCA Senior National title in 2010 and Sophomore title in 2008...Earned four varsity letters in wrestling.
PERSONAL: Born Aug 26, 1992...Parents are Jesus Delgado and Elizabeth Lopez...Has a younger brother, Joseph...Major is undecided...Plans to become a coach or teacher following graduation.
Delgado's Career Record
YEAR W L F Big Ten NCAA
2011-12 34 7 6 3rd 7th
2012-13 27 3 5 1st 1st
Total 61 10 11
Updated October 2013