Delgado, Futrell, Blanton Reach Quarters at NCAAs

March 15, 2012

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St. Louis, Mo.- Fourth-seeded Jesse Delgado (125) and B.J. Futrell (133) along with seventh-seeded Jordan Blanton (174) won their second-round matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships at the Scottrade Center on Thursday and the four other Illini remain alive in the consolation bracket. The Illini finish in sixth place with 23 team points after the first day of competition. Session III begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT.

With his two wins by pins on Thursday, Futrell moved into sole possession of fifth place on the Illinois record list of most pins in a single season with 12. He is now chasing Larry TenPas' 13 pins set in 1954-55.

Delgado scored a takedown one minute into the match to take the early 2-0 lead over Purdue's Camden Eppert. He scored another takedown near the end of the first period to lead 4-1 and over a minute of riding time. Eppert started down and recorded the escape with just over a minute left in the second period to make the score 4-2. Delgado chose to start the final period down and needed 5:11 to pin the Boilermaker and move into the quarterfinals tomorrow morning. Delgado will face No. 5 Nicholas Bedelyon (Kent State) next.

Futrell recorded the fastest pin for the Illini of the day as the redshirt-junior defeated Wyoming's Zach Zehner in 1:05. The Orange and Blue grappler scored a quick takedown to Zehner's escape, but cradled the Cowboy in 1:05. The pin marks Futrell's 12th of the season, moving him up to sole possession of fifth on the school record list. Futrell will take on No. 5 Joe Colon of Northern Illinois in tomorrow's quarterfinals.

Blanton went 2-0 during the Thursday matches as he defeated Ryan LeBlanc (Indiana) 6-1 to move into tomorrow morning's championships quarterfinals. The Illini scored a takedown with less than a minute into the bout then added another to go up 4-1 after the first. Blanton started down for the second and notched the escape and push the score to 5-1. The redshirt-junior collected 3:42 of RT in his 6-1 victory over the Hoosier. Blanton will wrestle No. 2 Chris Perry of Oklahoma State next.

Tony Dallago (184) dropped his first match of the day, as the redshirt-sophomore lost to No. 2 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh, 8-3. Hamlin scored two takedowns while Dallago escaped once to trail 4-1 after the first. Dallago chose to start in the down position for the second and notched the escape to bring the score to 4-2. In the third, Hamlin scored two escapes and a takedown to move past Dallago 8-3. The Orange and Blue grappler will face Michigan State's Ian Hinton in tomorrow's consolation second round match.

Mario Gonzalez (197) gave up a late period takedown to trail 2-0 after the first period against Minnesota's Sonny Yohn. The Illini then nearly got the defensive pin, but instead gave up a two-point nearfall and trailed 4-1 after the second. Yohn started down for the final period and notched the escape, pushing the score to 5-1, however Gonzalez recorded a takedown to make the score 5-3. Yohn and Gonzalez traded scoring as the Gopher escaped twice and the Illini took him down to bring the score to 7-5. Yohn collected the riding time point and pushed Gonzalez into the consolation bracket, where he will face Christian Boley (Maryland).

In the consolation brackets, Eric Terrazas (149) stayed alive and posted a 5-3 victory over Purdue's Ivan Lopouchanski. After a scoreless first period, Terrazas started down for the second and recorded a stalling point to lead 1-0. In the final period, Terrazas scored two takedowns to Lopouchanski's two escapes. The Illini grappler will wrestle Josh Wilson of Utah Valley tomorrow.

Conrad Polz (165) advanced to the consolation second round as he defeated Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) on Thursday night. The Illini got on the board first with an early takedown to lead 2-0, however Lewandowski escaped to make the score 2-1. Polz started n bottom for the second period and notched the escape to push the lead to 3-1. Lewandowski escaped however Polz got in on the leg and finished to make the score 5-2. With over a minute of riding time, Polz got the point and the 6-3 victory. The redshirt-junior will battle Marshall Peppelman (Cornell) in his first match tomorrow.

125: No. 4 seed Jesse Delgado, Fr., Salinas, Calif., 32-6
First Round: Dec. Jerome Robinson (Old Dominion), 6-1
Second Round: Pinned Camden Eppert (Purdue), 5:11
Quarterfinals: vs. No. 5 Nicholas Bedelyon (Kent State)

133: No. 4 seed B.J. Futrell, r-Jr., Park Forest, Ill., 29-6
First Round: Pinned Nick Soto (UT-Chattanooga), 4:13
Second Round: Pinned Zach Zehner (Wyoming), 1:05
Quaterfinals: vs. No. 5 Joe Colon (Northern Illinois)

149: Eric Terrazas, Sr., Wheaton, Ill., 24-12
First Round: Pinned by No. 5 Ian Miller (Kent State), 0:57
Consolation first round: dec. No. 12 seed Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue), 5-3
Consolation second round: vs. Josh Wilson (Utah Valley)

165: No. 9 seed Conrad Polz, r-Jr., Orland Park, Ill., 21-6
First Round: Dec. by Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma), 8-3
Consolation first round: Dec. Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo), 6-3
Consolation second round: vs. Marshall Peppelman (Cornell)

174: No. 7 seed Jordan Blanton, r-Jr., Richmond, Ill., 27-6
First Round: Pinned Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (The Citadel), 6:28
Second Round: dec. Ryan LeBlanc (Indiana), 6-1
Quarterfinals: No. 2 seed Chris Perry (Oklahoma State)

184: Tony Dallago, r-So., Harrisburg, Pa., 23-12
First Round: Dec. Luke Rebertus (Navy), 10-4
Second Round: Dec. by No. 2 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh), 8-3
Consolation second round: vs. Ian Hinton (Michigan State)

197: No. 7 seed Mario Gonzalez, r-So., Aurora, Ill., 24-8
First Round: Dec. Derek Stnaley (Army), 6-1
Second Round: Dec. by No. 10 Sonny Yohn (Minnesota), 8-5
Consolation second round: vs. No. 4 Christian Boley (Maryland)