#7 Illini Dominates Lock Haven, 38-6
Jan. 7, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In their second home dual, No. 7 Illinois counted three pins on the way to defeating Lock Haven, 38-6. Jesse Delgado (125), B.J. Futrell (133) and Tony Dallago (184) notched the falls, while Eric Terrazas (149) and Dan Stelter (174) recorded technical falls to help the Illini improve to 5-1 in duals.
"It was important for our some of our younger guys to get out and get their feet wet with this dual," head coach Jim Heffernan said. "I thought everyone did well today, especially with the quick turn around coming off of our dual last night at Purdue."
Pat Walker started today's dual when he recorded a 10-5 decision over Harry Turner of Lehigh. The win is the sophomore's 10th victory this season, tying his career-high and putting the Illini up 3-0. The top of the Illini's lineup provided crucial points as Delgado and Futrell recorded pins over their respective opponents. Delgado began with a quick takedown and three back points before working Bobby Rehm into a pin at the 2:18 mark. Futrell came out fast scoring a takedown and three near-fall points, only to hook a cradle and stick John Trumbetti. With the decision and two quick pins, the Illini's lead increased to 15-0.
At 141, Tucker Armstrong fought hard throughout his bout, however came up short with a 7-6 decision by Matt Bonson. Armstrong cut Bonson loose at the end of the third period and hit a takedown to tie it at 6-6, but time ran out and Bonson added riding time for the win, bringing the team score to 15-3.
No. 14 Eric Terrazas (149) defeated his second consecutive opponent this weekend as he recorded a technical fall (16-1) in a time of 6:02. The senior was up 12-1 after the first three minutes before making Wilkinson pay with another takedown and a two-point near-fall for the victory. The win is Terrazas' fifth tech fall this season, a career-high for the Wheaton, Ill., native. With five bouts remaining, the Illini lead 20-3.
At 157, Kyle Dooley won his fourth bout this season with his 10-5 decision over Lock Haven's Aaron Frye to increase the Orange and Blue's lead to 23-3. Adam Acheson (174) provided Illini fans with one of the best bouts all day, however the redshirt-freshman came up short as Lock Haven's Aaron McKinney came away with the 9-7 decision.
That would be the last bit of scoring by the Bald Eagles as the final three bouts were dominated by the Illini. Stelter increased to 8-4 on the year after his first technical fall (21-6) of the season in a time of 6:21. With the victory, the Orange and Blue pushed the lead to 28-6.
Dallago knotched the final pin of the match over Fred Garcia of Lehigh, coming at the 2:14 mark. The Harrisburg, Pa., native used one of his favorite moves and hit the headlock for the reversal and the fall. In the final bout of the day, Mario Gonzalez (197) recorded a 20-8 major decision, just his second of the year to bring the final score to 38-6.
The Fighting Illini head to Ann Arbor tomorrow to compete against No. 8 Michigan in their final match of the weekend. The dual begins at 1 p.m. ET. Live results will be available at the @IlliniWrestling Twitter Page.
Illinois 38, Lock Haven 6