Illini Go 4-0 in Wrestle for a Cure Duals
Nov. 13, 2011
Harrisburg, Pa. - Nine wrestlers for the No. 8 Fighting Illini won at least two bouts as Illinois went 4-0 at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals in Harrisburg, Pa. Illinois moved past North Carolina 32-9, No. 24 Kent State 24-18, The Citadel 48-3 and Utah Valley 41-3 to finish the day undefeated. No. 3 B.J. Futrell (133), No. 20 Jackson Morse (157), Conrad Polz (165), No. 3 Jordan Blanton (174) and No. 17 Mario Gonzalez (197) each went undefeated in the Illini's four victories.
"I was encouraged in the way we competed today," head coach Jim Heffernan said. "We did a lot of good things. Futrell stood out as being exceptionally aggressive and wrestling full speed. This event was good training and another good opportunity for us to get better in preparing for a huge dual next week at Lehigh."
Illinois moved past North Carolina with Jesse Delgado opening the dual with a 18-2 technical fall over Brian Bokoski, while Futrell followed with a pin against Brock Livorio to give the Illini the early 11-0 lead. Evan Henderson pinned Illinois' Tucker Armstrong to cut the Illini lead to 11-6, but a 9-4 decision from Terrazas over Jonathan Burns moved the score to 14-6. North Carolina's Corey Mock earned a 9-5 decision over Illinois' Kyle Dooley to bring the Tar Heels within five at 14-9, but the Illini notched five straight bout wins to claim the dual. At 165, Polz posted a 12-1 major decision over Kyle Kiss, while Balanton followed with a 20-6 major decision over Thomas Ferguson at 174 to extend the Illini lead to 22-9. Tony Dallago earned an 11-8 decision over Alex Utley for the Illini at 184 and Gonzalez posted a 9-4 decision over Nick Tenpenny at 197 to push the score to 28-9. Patrick Walker took a 10-2 major decision over Frank Abbondanza at heavyweight to close the dual at 32-9 in favor of Illinois.
The Fighting Illini faced its toughest competition yet in No. 24 Kent State in the team's second dual of the day. The Golden Flashes scored first with Nicholas Bedelyon's 9-3 decision over Illinois' Jesse Delgado for an early 3-0 lead. Futrell put the Illini on the board with his pin of Steve Mitcheff to regain the lead, shortly before Tyler Small's pinned Illinois' Daryl Thomas and Ian Miller recorded a 3-2 decision over Terrazas to put Kent State on top 12-6. The Illini responded with three weights earning victories, starting with Jackson Morse at 157. Morse pinned Mallie Shuster while Polz (165) posted a 5-3 decision over Ross Tice and Blanton (174) pinned Brandonn Johnson to push the score to 21-12. At 184, Casey Newburg beat Dallago with a 7-4 decision, however Gonzalez followed with a 5-3 decision over Keith Witt to bring the score to 24-15. Walker fell to Brendan Barlow on a 5-2 decision, but the Illini already had the match in hand and closed out a 24-18 victory.
The Orange and Blue dominated The Citadel with Delgado (125) and Futrell (133) opening their bouts with pins of 4:57 and 2:23, respectively to give the Illini an early 12-0 lead. At 141, Armstrong posted a 8-6 decision over Jordan Dix and Terrazas recorded a 20-6 major decision over David Ivashchenko to make the score 19-0. Morse extended the lead with his 17-2 technical fall over Pierre Frazille while Polz defeated William Connell in a 16-5 major decision to bring the Illini a 28-0 lead. At 174, Blanton pinned Turtogtokh Lucsandori to add six points to the team score. Kelby Smith posted a 6-2 decision over Illinois' Martin Smith to bring the score to 28-3 while Walker pinned Justin Sparrow to clench the victory and a final score of 48-3.
Delgado started the Illini's final dual of the day with a 18-7 major decision over Utah Valley's Colby Christensen, with Futrell earning a 25-9 technical fall and Daryl Thomas recording a 19-10 major decision to put the Illini ahead 13-0. Terrazas kept the momentum going with a 6-3 decision while Morse extended the Illini's lead with his 17-2 technical fall over Napolean Aniciete to make the score 21-0. Polz (165) and Blanton (174) turned in back-to-back major decisions to push the lead to 29-0 with three weights left. Dallago and Patrick Walker defeated their respective opponents by pins, while Bryan Chamberlain pinned Martin Smith (197) to make the final score 41-3.
The Fighting Illini will travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to compete against Lehigh at 11 a.m. CT and Clarion at 1 p.m. CT.
Illinois 32, North Carolina 9
Illinois 24, #24 Kent State 18
Illinois 48, The Citadel 3
Illinois 41, Utah Valley 3