Dergo, Bond Lead #9 Illini to 24-13 Win Over #13 Badgers
Feb. 8, 2008
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - No. 16 John Dergo's first-period pin grabbed control of the match for the No. 9 Illini against 13th-ranked Wisconsin and No. 13 Patrick Bond pulled a major upset on No. 4 Dallas Herbst to seal Illinois' 24-13 win over the Badgers in front of 737 fans at Huff Hall. The Illini won seven of 10 matches - four by a single point - in improving to 10-2 on the season, 2-1 in the Big Ten.
No. 9 Gabe Flores started the dual and earned a takedown at 1:49, but No. 18 Collin Cudd was awarded a point when Flores was called on an illegal hold. Cudd started down in the second and escaped to tie the match, but Flores started down in the third and escaped, taking a 3-2 lead. After no additional scoring, Flores had the riding time advantage to lock up the 4-2 decision.
At 133, Wisconsin's 11th-ranked Zach Tanelli earned a takedown at 1:55, but No. 9 Jimmy Kennedy escaped 18 seconds later. Just before the first period expired, Kennedy scored a takedown for a 3-2 advantage after one period. Kennedy started down in the second and quickly escaped, extending his lead to 4-2. In the third period, Tanelli started in the down position and nearly escaped, but Kennedy scrambled back into control. But after another scramble, Tanelli was able to fight into position and score a reversal, tying the match at four. After an injury timeout, Tanelli let Kennedy up for an escape, with Tanelli nearly gaining control with just 40 seconds remaining. However, Kennedy tumbled over near the edge of the mat and out of bounds, ending the scramble. Kennedy was able to fight off two late shots by the Badger for the 5-4 victory and a 6-0 Illinois lead in the dual.
Just 35 seconds into the bout, No. 7 Kyle Ruschell scored a takedown on No. 10 Ryan Prater, but Prater managed to escape 54 seconds later. After a wild scramble, Prater scored a takedown with just 10 seconds left in the period. Ruschell started down in the second Ruschell escaped quickly, evening the score at three. With just over one minute left in the second, Ruschell got in on a double-leg takedown, which Prater was unable to fight off with a high crotch, taking a 5-3 lead. Ruschell racked up some riding time, but Prater managed to roll the Badger onto his back and earn a reversal, tying the match 5-5 after to periods. Prater started down in the third and Ruschell rode him the entire time, until Prater scored an escape as time expired. Ruschell's riding time advantage tied the score and sent it into overtime, where, after a wild scramble, Prater rolled around and scored a takedown with 15 seconds remaining for the 8-6 win and a 9-0 Illini lead.
At 149, Grant Paswall recorded a takedown at 1:34 of the first period and rode out the rest of the period. After a scoreless second period, Paswall started down in the third and Kendall Vogel let him up for a 3-0 lead. With one minute remaining, Vogel shot and nearly got in on a double-leg, but Paswall fought him off. But with 15 seconds left, Vogel scored a takedown and got Paswall on his back, recording the fall at 6:51.
No. 1 Mike Poeta used the first period against No. 3 Craig Henning to get a feel for the Badger senior, taking a few shots but not getting ahold of anything. Entering the second period scoreless, Henning started down and nearly escaped twice, but Poeta planted him on the edge of the mat both times. Poeta managed to ride him out the entire period, then started neutral in the third period with a two-minute riding time advantage. After sealing the riding time point with handfighting, Poeta stayed on his feet to secure the 1-0 victory over Henning, his third win over the Badger this season.
Following a scoreless first period at 165, Roger Smith-Bergsrud started down in the second period. Smith-Bergsrud was awarded a point after Jake Donar was called for stalling twice, and he eventually escaped with 20 seconds left in the period for a 2-0 advantage. Donar started down in the third and escaped quickly, cutting the lead to 2-1 while holding a 90-second riding time advantage. But Smith-Bergsrud hooked leg with 50 seconds left in the match and worked into a double-leg takedown at 6:15. Donar escaped with 10 seconds left, but Smith-Bergsrud held on for the narrow, 4-3 victory.
At 174, Dan Clum scored a takedown on No. 16 John Dergo at 1:25, but Dergo reversed him at 1:50 and notched the pinfall at 1:56, giving the Illini a 21-6 margin. Ben Friedl then took on Justin Peterson at 184, and after a mostly scoreless period, Peterson notched a takedown as the first period expired. Friedl started down in the second and escaped nearly one minute into the period. But Peterson recorded a takedown with 10 seconds left in the period for a 4-1 lead and started down in the third. Peterson escaped with 1:15 left in the match for the 5-1 advantage, which he held onto for the decision.
No. 13 Patrick Bond scored the biggest upset of his young career in downing No. 4 Dallas Herbst and handing the Badger just his second loss of the season. Bond got in a few good shots in the first period but couldn't score the takedown, and Herbst chose down to start the second period. Bond rode him for 26 seconds, but Herbst got away with a flurry. However, Bond hooked a leg with a minute left in the period and earned the takedown with 44 seconds remaining for the 2-1 lead. But Bond was called for stalling twice in the final 15 seconds, allowing Herbst to tie the match at two. The pair started neutral in the third and had a heated scramble that lasted nearly a minute, winding the clock under 40 seconds. Holding a 1:12 riding time advantage, Bond was able to ward off two late attacks by Herbst and take the 3-2 victory, the highest-ranked opponent Bond has ever beaten.
At heavyweight, No. 17 John Wise fought off a late shot by No. 4 Kyle Massey in the first period to finish the first three minutes scoreless. Massey started down in the second and got the reversal 32 seconds into the period for a 2-0 lead. The third period started in the neutral position and Massey scored a takedown with approximately one minute left in the match, then notched a three-point near-fall. After a two-point near-fall and a riding time advantage of over two minutes, Massey earned a major decision of 9-0.
Up Next: The ninth-ranked Illini travel to Bloomington, Ind., on Sunday to face a No. 17 Hoosier team that dropped a tough 18-16 decision at Purdue Friday night. Illinois looks to extend its conference winning streak to three at 1 p.m. CT at University Gym.
#9 Illinois 24, #13 Wisconsin 13