#6 Illinois Wins 26-13 Over Michigan State
Jan. 22, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - No. 6 Illinois won seven of 10 bouts, including a pin by No. 5 B.J. Futrell at 133 pounds in the second bout of the match, as the Illini topped Michigan State 26-13 at Huff Hall. The Spartans got within four points twice, but No. 10 Conrad Polz came up with a clutch 9-7 win at 165 and Tony Dallago posted a 9-3 decision at 184 to give the Illini the final momentum to get back on track with a victory. Illinois improves to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten.
"We will take the win today and move forward," associate head coach Mark Perry said. "We had a few great wins for a couple of the guys including Tony Dallago, Mario Gonzalez and Pat Walker. Walker's win was huge for him, probably one, if not the biggest of his career. However, I think our guys need to get tough. I've seen a few with fatigue problems and we need to get a lot sharper and a lot more aggressive. We will get refocused after this match and look forward to Northwestern next weekend."
The dual started at 125 with Jesse Delgado scoring four takedowns in the first period to take the early lead 8-4. After starting up in the second, the freshman gave up an escape to make the score 8-5 leading into the final period. Delgado started down in the third and posted two more takedowns and an escape to win 15-6 to give the Illini the early 3-0 lead.
133-pounder B.J. Futrell started the bout with a takedown and needed only 1:37 seconds to pin Terry Turner of Michigan State and push the team score to 10-0. The fifth-ranked wrestlers' win marked his seventh in a row and his ninth pin of the season, which leads the team and equals the ninth-most pins in a season in school history.
At 141, Daryl Thomas posted eight takedowns, a three-point near fall, three escapes and riding time to move past Brian Gibbs, 24-10 in his fifth major decision of the year. Thomas' victory pushed Illinois' lead to 14-0.
The Spartans got two victories at 149 and 157 as No. 12 Eric Terrazas was pinned by Dan Osterman in 30 seconds and Jackson Morse lost a 16-6 major decision to cut the score to 14-10 with five bouts remaining.
No. 10 Conrad Polz came out scoring at 165, with three takedowns in the first period to go up 6-3. Polz then scored another takedown and an escape to lead 9-4 into the third. Cheza gave the Illini grappler a run for his money, scoring a late takedown and an escape point to bring the match to 9-7 before time ran out and Polz earned his 13th victory of the season. With the win, Illinois pushed the score to 17-10.
Michigan State scored their last team points as Curran Jacobs defeated No. 10 Jordan Blanton with a 7-3 decision to cut the score to 17-13, however the Illini record victories in the last three bouts.
At 184, Tony Dallago scored two takedowns to Ian Hinton's one escape to go up 4-1 after the first. Dallago started down and escaped quickly to make the score 5-1 before scoring another takedown and pushed the score to 7-1 leading into the final period. After a warning and an escape by Michigan State, the Harrisburg, Pa., native won the bout 9-3.
Mario Gonzalez recorded his 15th victory this season with his 13-6 decision over Nick McDiarmid. After two periods, Gonzalez led 11-4 after scoring two takedowns, two two-point near falls, a two-point reversal and an escape. In the third period, Gonzalez took down McDiarmid for another takedown and won the bout 13-6 to give the Illini a 23-13 lead with one bout remaining.
At heavyweight, Pat Walker faced one of the toughest competitors he's seen all season in No. 10 Mike McClure. After a scoreless first period, Walker got the quick escape after starting down in the second to go up 1-0. Walker held on to the 1-0 lead with 1:35 left in the third period, before McClure escaped to tie the score 1-1. In overtime, Walker scored a takedown with 30 seconds left to defeat his first-ever ranked opponent, 3-1 and secure the Illini's victory, 26-13 over the Spartans.
Illinois will return home next Friday, Jan. 27 as the Orange and Blue take on Northwestern at 5 p.m. CT. The dual will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
#6 Illinois 26, Michigan State 13