#19 Illini Fall at #2 Iowa State

No. 2 John Dergo improved to 20-2 on the season with a 2-1 win over No. 8 Jerome Ward at 184 pounds.
No. 2 John Dergo improved to 20-2 on the season with a 2-1 win over No. 8 Jerome Ward at 184 pounds.

Jan. 16, 2010

AMES, Iowa - Second-ranked senior 184-pounder John Dergo and No. 14 sophomore 174-pounder Jordan Blanton both scored victories, but Iowa State showed why it's the No. 2 team in the nation as the Cyclones scored bonus points in five straight bouts to pull away and win, 33-9 in front of 2,812 fans at Hilton Coliseum. Dergo improves to 20-2 on the season and Blanton to 12-3 as the Illini look toward Friday's Big Ten opener at No. 13 Penn State.

A lot of weights we didn't have enough fight," Illinois coach Jim Heffernan said. "A couple of places they were just better than us, but we didn't compete very hard at some of the weights. What was unfortunate was that (Ryan) Prater was controlling the match at 141 and got into a bad situation and tried to wrestle out of it and ended up getting pinned. If that wouldn't have happened, it would have let us leave here feeling better about ourselves because we would've won four matches."

The dual started at 157, where freshman Conrad Polz scored the first takedown but Andrew Sorensen escaped and got a takedown of his own before the first period ended. Polz started down in the second and Sorensen rode him the entire two minutes. Sorensen started down in the third and escaped, then notched a takedown. After Polz took injury time, he escaped and got a takedown of his own, but Sorensen escaped and scored another takedown. Polz escaped but Sorensen tacked on another takedown before the final horn and added riding time for the 12-6 decision.

At 165, No. 4 Jon Reader quickly showed Illinois junior Joe Barczak why he's one of the top 165-pounders in the nation with three takedowns in the first period for a 6-2 lead. Reader pulled away in the second period, outscoring Barczak 7-3, and added another takedown and a riding-time point for a 16-6 major decision.

Blanton got the first takedown against Cyclone backup Christopher Spangler and Spangler escaped before the end of the period. Blanton started down in the second and escaped quickly to mark the period's only scoring. Spangler started down in the third and escaped to cut Blanton's lead to 3-2 and neither wrestler could put together any offense as the Illini sophomore earned the decision.

At 184, Dergo and Iowa State's No. 8 Jerome Ward battled to a scoreless first five minutes after the two stalemated through the first period and Dergo rode out Ward in the second. Dergo started down in the third and escaped and gave up a stalling point, but his riding-time point gave him a 2-1 win and cut Iowa State's lead to 7-6.

But the Cyclones exploded with 20 unanswered team points as No. 1 Jake Varner pinned No. 10 Patrick Bond in 2:29, No. 4 David Zabriskie scored a 12-4 major decision over Marty Smith at heavyweight, No. 5 Andrew Long got a 21-5 technical fall over John Deneen at 125, No. 3 Nick Fanthorpe registered a 19-3 technical fall over Daryl Thomas at 133 and Dalton Jensen got No. 10 Ryan Prater off-balance from the neutral position and notched a pin in 3:27 to push the Cyclones ahead 33-6.

Eric Terrazas kept fighting at 149, though, fighting through a scoreless first period with Max Mayfield. In the second, Terrazas chose the top position and was awarded a point after Mayfield was whistled for three cautions on restarts and Mayfield eventually escaped. Mayfield started down in the third and escaped but Terrazas got a takedown before the end of the match to lock up the 4-2 win when he added 2:18 of riding time, making the final team score 33-9.

The Orange and Blue stay on the road next weekend when they travel to No. 13 Penn State Friday at 6 p.m. CT and then head to East Lansing, Mich., for a Sunday noon start time against Michigan State. Both duals will be streamed live at http://video.bigtennetwork.com and the Penn State dual will be shown on the Big Ten Network Monday, Jan. 25, at 8 a.m. CT.

157: Andrew Sorensen (ISU) dec. Conrad Polz (ILL), 12-6 (0-3)
165: #4 Jon Reader (ISU) maj. dec. Joe Barczak (ILL), 16-6 (0-7)
174: #14 Jordan Blanton (ILL) dec. Christopher Spangler (ISU), 3-2 (3-7)
184: #2 John Dergo (ILL) dec. #8 Jerome Ward (ISU), 2-1 (6-7)
197: #1 Jake Varner (ISU) pinned #10 Patrick Bond (ILL), 2:29 (6-13)
HWT: #4 David Zabriskie (ISU) maj. dec. Martin Smith (ILL), 12-4 (6-17)
125: #5 Andrew Long (ISU) tech. fall John Deneen (ILL), 20-5 (6:57) (6-22)
133: #3 Nick Fanthorpe (ISU) tech. fall Daryl Thomas (ILL), 18-3 (6:08) (6-27)
141: Dalton Jensen (ISU) pinned #10 Ryan Prater (ILL), 3:27 (6-33)
149: Eric Terrazas (ILL) dec. Max Mayfield (ISU), 4-2 (9-33)