Futrell Into Semifinals at NCAA Championships
March 16, 2012
St. Louis - Fourth-seeded B.J. Futrell (133) will advance to tonight's semifinals at the 2012 NCAA Championships while five other Illini grapplers will compete in the consolation bracket. No. 4 Jesse Delgado (125) and No. 7 Jordan Blanton (174) both dropped their quarterfinals bouts, while senior Eric Terrazas'collegiate career came to an end as the Illini bowed out of the tournament. Session IV begins at 6 p.m. CT with the championship semifinals being aired live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Futrell took to the mat against the No. 5 seed Joe Colon (Northern Iowa) and needed just 43 seconds to pin the Panther and face top seeded Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State). The redshirt-junior is guaranteed to finish in the top six at the tournament, marking his highest career placing. With his win, he is now in fourth place on the most single-season pins with 13, tying Larry TenPas' 13 falls which was set in 1954-55.
Delgado gave the No. 5 seed Nicholas Bedelyon (Kent State), everything he could handle but came up short as he dropped the bout 8-5 in SV2. The two were tied 4-4 at the end of regulation, the first set of tiebreakers and the second sudden victory. In the second tiebreaker, Bedelyon recorded a takedown and Delgado escaped to make the score 6-5. The Flash scored another takedown and won the match 8-5. Delgado will face No. 3 seed Alan Water (Missouri) in tonight's consolation round of 12.
Blanton was the second Illini to drop his match in overtime as the redshirt-junior was defeated by No. 2 seed Chris Perry (Oklahoma State), 3-2 (TB1). After a scoreless first period, Perry started on the bottom and recorded the escape to lead Blanton 1-0 after the second. Blanton scored the reversal to lead 2-1 early in the third, but Perry got the escape to tie the match 2-2 at the end of regulation. There were no points scored in the first sudden victory until Perry was given a stalling point and the match. Blanton falls into the consolation bracket and will wrestle Peter Huntley (Navy).
Conrad Polz (165), Tony Dallago (184) and Mario Gonzalez(197) all went 2-0 in session III and moved into the consolation round of 12 tonight. Both Polz and Dallago notched bonus points as they won one of their two matches by pins. Dallago also defeated Ian Hinton (Michigan State) by a 10-0 major decision with almost four minutes of riding time, while Gonzalez recorded over five minutes of riding time in his win over No. 4 Christian Boley (Maryland). In tonight's session, Polz faces No. 12 Paul Gillespie (Hofstra), Dallago wrestles No. 1 seed Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming) and Gonzalez takes on No. 9 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming).
All five Illini wrestlers competing in the consolation bracket need to win one match in order to earn All-American honors. It will be the first for Delgado, Polz, Dallago and Gonzalez. Blanton will become a two-time All-American if he wins his next match.
Eric Terrazas(149) saw his college career come to an end, as he lost by pin to the No. 4 seed Donald Vinson of Binghamton in the consolation third round this afternoon. He fell short of earning All-American status, but finishes his Illinois career with a 77-51 record, including a 25-13 record his senior season.
125: No. 4 seed Jesse Delgado, Fr., Salinas, Calif., 32-7
133: No. 4 seed B.J. Futrell, r-Jr., Park Forest, Ill., 30-6
149: Eric Terrazas, Sr., Wheaton, Ill., 25-13
165: No. 9 seed Conrad Polz, r-Jr., Orland Park, Ill., 23-6
174: No. 7 seed Jordan Blanton, r-Jr., Richmond, Ill., 27-7
184: Tony Dallago, r-So., Harrisburg, Pa., 25-12
197: No. 7 seed Mario Gonzalez, r-So., Aurora, Ill., 26-8