Delgado Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA Championships
March 20, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - No. 1 Jesse Delgado (125) won his second-round matchup to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships on Thursday night. Five other Illini remain alive in the consolation bracket. Illinois is currently tied for 19th place with 9.5 points after day one of competition. The third session begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT.
Jesse Delgado picked up his second win of the day, defeating No. 16 Joey Dance of Virginia Tech in a 6-1 decision. After a scoreless first period, Delgado started the second on top and rode Dance for just under a minute before he was able to escape. Delgado responded with a takedown to make the score 2-1 going into the final period. The third period was all Delgado as he recorded an escape, a takedown and the one-point riding time advantage to claim the victory. He'll take on Cory Clark of Iowa in tomorrow's quarterfinals. Delgado defeated Clark in the semifinals of the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago in a 4-3 decision.
No. 14 Zane Richards squared off against the No. 3 seed and Big Ten champion Tony Ramos of Iowa in the second round. Ramos scored first with a takedown but Richards immediately escaped to make the score 2-1 going into the second. Richards quickly escaped from the bottom position then took down Ramos, but the Hawkeye managed to escape to make the score 4-3 going into the final period. The only point of the third came from a Ramos escape and the bout was sent into overtime, where he scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat Richards 6-4. Richards moves to the consolation round where he'll take on Penn State's James Guilbon. Richards defeated Guilbon 3-1 in overtime earlier this season in Illinois' dual against the Nittany Lions.
No. 16 Zac Brunson squared off against top-seeded James Green of Nebraska in the second round. Green scored the only points of the first period with a takedown, then started the second with a two-point reversal. Brunson managed to escape before being taken down, making the score 6-1 going into the final period. Brunson started on bottom and recorded an escape, but Green recorded two takedowns, a three-point near fall and a point for riding time to win the 14-3 major decision. Brunson will take on Oklahoma's Justin DeAngelis in the second consolation round tomorrow.
After scoring an upset in the first round, Tony Dallago took on defending national champion and No. 1 seed Chris Perry of Oklahoma State. Perry scored two takedowns in the first, but Dallago was able to escape both times to make the score 4-2 after one. Perry scored the only points of the second period with a reversal from the bottom position, but Dallago started the final period with an escape. Perry went on to score three more points plus the one-point riding time advantage to claim the 11-3 major decision victory. Dallago will move to the consolation bracket where he'll face Shane Hughes of Colorado.
Nikko Reyes earned a spot in the second round after upsetting No. 15 Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa in the first round. He squared off against four-time Big Ten and No. 2 seed James Green of Nebraska. Reyes held Ruth to two points in the first, but Ruth went on a run in the final two periods to claim the 15-0 tech. fall victory. Reyes will take on Wyoming's Benjamin Stroh in the second consolation round tomorrow.
Mario Gonzalez squared off against KaRonne Jones of North Carolina State in the first consolation round. After a scoreless first period, each wrestler escaped from the bottom position to make the score 1-1 and send the bout into overtime. Gonzalez scored an escape and a takedown in the second tie-breaker to win the match 4-1 and advance to the second consolation round where he'll face Dan Scherer of Stanford.
125: No. 1 Jesse Delgado, Jr., Gilroy, Calif.
133: No. 14 Zane Richards, r-Fr., Carbondale, Ill.
141: Steven Rodrigues, r-So., Mount Kisco, N.Y.
157: No. 16 Zac Brunson, r-Fr., Eugene, Ore.
165: No. 12 Jackson Morse, r-Jr., Alto, Mich.
174: Tony Dallago, r-Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.
184: Nikko Reyes, r-Fr., Fresno, Calif.
197: Mario Gonzalez, r-Sr., Aurora, Ill.