Delgado Wins Second Straight National Title

Jesse Delgado won the 125-pound national title for the second straight year.
Jesse Delgado won the 125-pound national title for the second straight year.

March 22, 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - University of Illinois junior Jesse Delgado won his second straight 125-pound NCAA title with a 3-2 decision over No. 2 seed Nahshon Garrett of Cornell. With the win, Delgado becomes the first Illinois wrestler to win back-to-back national titles in 56 years. Last season, Delgado became the program's first-ever national champion at 125 pounds.

In the first period of the championship match, Delgado showed off his defensive skills, fending off multiple shots from Garrett. After a scoreless first, Delgado started the second period in the bottom position. He was able to escape, then followed up with a takedown to take a 3-0 lead going into the final period. The only points of the third period went to Garrett after an escape and a second stalling call on Delgado, but it wasn't enough as Delgado came away with the 3-2 decision.

The Illini finish the 2014 NCAA Championships in 13th-place after scoring 41 points. Penn State captured the team title for the fourth consecutive year with 109.5 points.

NCAA Championships Final Team Standings
1. Penn State 109.5
2. Minnesota 104
3. Oklahoma State 96.5
4. Iowa 78.5
5. Edinboro 62
6. Ohio State 57
7. Cornell 53
8. Virginia Tech 49
9. Northwestern 46
10. Oklahoma 45

125: No. 1 Jesse Delgado, Jr., Gilroy, Calif.
First round: Pinned Jade Rauser (Utah Valley), 6:53
Second round: dec. No. 16 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech), 6-1
Quarterfinals: dec. No. 8 Cory Clark (Iowa), 10-5
Semifinals: dec. No. 5 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa), 9-6
Finals: dec. No. 2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell), 3-2
1st place

133: No. 14 Zane Richards, r-Fr., Carbondale, Ill.
First round: dec. Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg), 4-2
Second round: dec. by No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa), 6-4 SV1
Consolation second round: dec. James Guilbon (Penn State), 4-3
Consolation third round: dec. by No.11 Ryan Mango (Stanford), 19-13
Richards eliminated

141: Steven Rodrigues, r-So., Mount Kisco, N.Y.
First round: dec. by No. 8 Luke Vaith (Hofstra), 8-2
Consolation first round: dec. by Colin Johnston (West Virginia), 12-5
Rodrigues eliminated

157: No. 16 Zac Brunson, r-Fr., Eugene, Ore.
First round: dec. Thomas Gantt (North Carolina State), 10-9
Second round: Maj. dec. by No. 1 James Green (Nebraska), 14-3
Consolation second round: dec. Justin DeAngelis (Oklahoma), 10-5
Consolation third round: pinned by Anthony Perrotti (Rutgers), 4:29
Brunson eliminated

165: No. 12 Jackson Morse, r-Jr., Alto, Mich.
First round: dec. by Ryan Leblanc (Indiana), 5-3
Consolation first round: Maj. dec. by No. 5 Nick Moore (Iowa), 12-4
Morse eliminated

174: Tony Dallago, r-Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.
First round: dec. No. 16 Matthew Miller (Navy), 12-8
Second round: Maj. dec. by No. 1 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State), 11-3
Consolation second round: pinned Shane Hughes (Columbia University), 4:13
Consolation third round: pinned Joe Latham (Oregon State), 0:40
Consolation fourth round: dec. by No. 3 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska), 8-2
Dallago eliminated

184: Nikko Reyes, r-Fr., Fresno, Calif.
First round: dec. No. 15 Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa), 6-4 SV1
Second round: Tech. fall by No. 2 Ed Ruth (Penn State), 15-0 (7:00)
Consolation second round: pinned Benjamin Stoh (Wyoming), 1:23
Consolation third round: dec. by No. 10 Kenny Courts (Ohio State), 6-4
Reyes eliminated

197: Mario Gonzalez, r-Sr., Aurora, Ill.
Pigtail match: dec. Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State), 10-3
First round: dec. by No. 2 J'Den Cox (Missouri), 10-4
Consolation first round: dec. KaRonne Jones (North Carolina State), 4-1 TB1
Consolation second round: win by medical forfeit
Consolation third round: pinned No. 10 Jace Bennett (Cornell), 3:30
Consolation fourth round: dec. by No. 11 Nathan Burak (Iowa), 5-2
Gonzalez eliminated