Delgado Into Semifinals at NCAAs
March 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Second-seeded Jesse Delgado (125), advanced to tonight's semifinals at the 2013 NCAA Championships while three other Illini wrestlers will compete in the consolation bracket. Delgado's win earned him his second All-America honors of his career. No. 7 Conrad Polz (165) dropped his quarterfinal bout. Session IV begins at 6 p.m. CT with the championship semifinals being aired live on ESPNU and ESPN3.
Delgado took to the mat against No. 7 Nathan Kraisser of North Carolina and beat the Tar Heel by a 10-7 decision to advance to the championship semifinals for the first time in his career. Delgado scored the first takedown of the match to go up 2-0 after the first period. The two started neutral for the second, but it didn't take Delgado long to score, as he notched another takedown. Kraisser escaped to make the score 4-1 after the second. Delgado started the final period on top, however Kraisser scored two takedowns and three nearfall points with 44 seconds left to lead the Illini grappler 7-4. However Delgado scored a reversal with and three nearfall points and the riding time point with 22 seconds remaining to win the match. He will face No. 6 Nahshon Kraisser of Cornell in the semifinals later tonight.
Jordan Blanton (165) and Mario Gonzalez (197) went 2-0 in session III and moved into the consolation round of 12 later tonight. Blanton won his first match of the third session against No. 9 Nathanie Brown of Lehigh. The two had met earlier this season with Brown winning, however today was the opposite. The two-time All-American another takedown to edge Brown 6-5 to wrestle Nick Bonaccorsi of Pittsburgh. Against Bonaccorsi, he won 8-1 to advance and wrestle No. 5 Josh Asper of Maryland. Gonzalez also survived his first match of the day, defeating Wisconsin's Jackson Hein by a 6-4 decision. The redshirt-junior then moved past Virginia Tech's Derrick Borlie by a score of 5-2 to wrestle Big Ten foe No. 10 Scott Schiller of Minnesota.
Polz wrestled defending NCAA champion David Taylor in the championship quarterfinals. It took the three-time All-American only 24 seconds to pin Polz. Polz will fall into the 165 pound consolation bracket and will wrestle No. 5 Steven Monk of North Dakota State.
Dallago also advanced in the consolation 184 pound bracket as he defeated Arizona State's Kevin Radford by a 12-3 major decision. He then faced Nebraska's No. 8 Josh Ihnen however fell short against the Cornhusker by a 9-6 decision and was eliminated from the championship.
All three Illini wrestlers competing in the consolation bracket need to win one match in order to earn All-American honors. It would be first for Gonzalez while Polz will become a two-time All-American and Blanton a three-time if they win their next matches.
125: No. 2 seed Jesse Delgado, So., Gilroy, Calif., 25-3
133: Daryl Thomas, Sr., Edwardsville, Ill., 22-12
149: Caleb Ervin, r-Fr., Morganfield, Ky., 22-14
165: No. 7 Conrad Polz, Sr., Orland Park, Ill., 24-7
174: No. 7 Jordan Blanton, Sr., Richmond, Ill., 24-11
184: Tony Dallago, r-Jr., Harrisburg, Pa., 20-14
197: Mario Gonzalez, r-Jr., Aurora, Ill., 18-8