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    Steven Rodrigues upset three seeded opponents to advance to the semifinals at the Midlands Championships.


    Steven Rodrigues upset three seeded opponents to advance to the semifinals at the Midlands Championships.

    Dec. 29, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- After two sessions at the 51st annual Midlands Championships, the Fighting Illini are currently in second place, with three wrestlers advancing to tomorrow's semifinals. Jesse Delgado (125), Steven Rodrigues (141) and Mario Gonzalez (197) remain undefeated at the tournament, while Zac Brunson (157), Isaiah Martinez (157), Jackson Morse (165), Nikko Reyes (184) and Christopher Lopez (HWT) remain alive in the consolation bracket.

    Top-seeded Jesse Delgado started off strong with a tech. fall victory over Connor Bolling, followed by another tech. fall win over Penn Gottfried. The reigning NCAA and Big Ten Champion then defeated No. 8 Conor Yousey in an 8-4 decision to advance to tomorrow's semifinals.

    After receiving a bye in the first round, Steven Rodrigues defeated No. 6 Laike Gardner in a 12-3 major decision, followed by a 4-0 decision over No. 11 seed and defending NAIA National Champion Gustavo Martinez. In his biggest upset of the day, Rodrigues defeated No. 3 Adam Krop in overtime to advance to the semifinals.

    Top-seeded Mario Gonzalez defeated Willie Miklus in a 5-2 decision, then earned an 8-3 decision victory over Vince Pickett to advance to the round of eight. Gonzalez advanced to the semifinals after earning a  10-6 decision over No. 8 Joe Rau.

    Session three (consolation rounds, semifinals and seventh-place matches) begin at noon and the first, third and fifth-place bouts are set for 8 p.m. Big Ten Network will air the finals live at 8 p.m.


    125: Jesse Delgado (No. 1 seed), Jr., Gilroy, Calif.
    1st round: Tech. fall Connor Bolling (Unt.-Nebraska), 19-4 (7:00)
    Round of 16: Tech. fall Penn Gottfried (Columbia), 19-4 (5:00)
    Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 8 Conor Youtsey (Michigan), 8-4

    125: Dominic Olivieri (unattached), r-So., Orland Park, Ill.
    1st round: Pinned by No. 3 Cory Clark (Iowa), 4:03
    Consolation 1st round: Dec. Luke Schroeder (Purdue), 8-1
    Consolation 2nd round: Dec. by Billy Watterson (Unt.-Brown), 8-5
    Olivieri eliminated

    141: Steven Rodrigues, r-So.,  Mount Kisco, N.Y.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Maj. dec. No. 6 Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 12-3
    Round of 16: Dec. No. 11 Gustavo Martinez (Grand View), 4-0
    Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 3 Adam Krop (Princeton), 10-8

    141: Logan Arlis (unattached), r-Jr., Batavia, Ill.
    1st round:  BYE
    2nd round: Dec. by No. 1 Mitchell Port (Edinboro), 4-0
    Consolation 2nd round: BYE
    Consolation 3rd round: Dec. Jim Carucci (Lehigh), 5-2
    Consolation 4th round: Maj. dec. No. 11 Gustavo Martinez (Grand View), 10-1
    Consolation 5th round: Dec. by Sahid Kargbo (George Mason), 11-4
    Arlis eliminated

    149: John Fahy, r-Fr., Pewee Valley, Ky.
    1st round: Maj. dec. Curt Delia (Rider), 9-0
    2nd round: Dec. by No. 10 Blake Roulo (Unt.-George Mason), 4-2
    Consolation 2nd round: BYE
    Consolation 3rd: Maj. dec. Connor Sutton (Columbia), 9-0
    Consolation 4th round: Dec. by Brody Grothus (Iowa), 4-2
    Fahy eliminated

    157: Zac Brunson (No. 5 seed), r-Fr., Eugene, Ore.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Maj. dec. Spencer Hill (CSU-Bakersfield), 10-0
    Round of 16: Pinned by Chad Ryan (Columbia), 1:17
    Consolation 4th round: Maj. dec.  Paul Liguori (Harvard), 13-3
    Consolation 5th round: Pinned Andrew Murano (Franklin & Marshall), 2:30

    >157: Jake Gingerich, r-Jr., Bourbonnais, Ill.
    1st round: Win by default
    2nd round: Dec. Terner Gott (John Carroll), 6-4
    Round of 16: Pinned by No. 3 Taylor Walsh (Indiana), 1:53
    Consolation 4th round: Tech. fall Sal Mastriani (Virginia Tech), 16-1 (4:22)
    Consolation 5th round: Pinned by No. 6 Andrew Morse (Northern Illinois), 3:24
    Gingerich eliminated

    157: Isaiah Martinez (unattached), Fr., Leemore, Calif.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Maj. dec. Seth Hazleton (Princeton), 12-3
    Round of 16: Dec. by No. 1 Derek St. John (Iowa), 6-2
    Consolation 4th round: Dec. Jake Salazar (Michigan), 10-8 SV1
    Consolation 5th round: Dec. Ben Dorsay (Maryland), 6-4

    165: Jackson Morse (No. 4 seed), r-Jr., Alto, Mich.
    1st round: Dec. Frank Cousins (Wisconsin), 9-2
    Round of 16: Pinned Zach Towers (Edinboro), 2:21
    Quarterfinals: Dec. by No. 5 Cooper Moore (Northern Iowa), 5-2

    165: Matt Nora, r-So., Naperville, Ill.
    1st round: Dec. by Jud Zeigler (Princeton), 6-5
    Consolation 1st round: Pinned David Meza (CSU-Bakersfield), 2:31
    Consolation 2nd round: Connor McMahon (Southern Illinois) win by default
    Nora eliminated

    174: Tony Dallago (No. 6 seed), r-Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.
    1st round: Pinned by Andre Petroski (Unt.), 4:15
    Consolation 1st round: BYE
    Consolation 2nd round: Pinned Conor Brennan (Rider), 4:13
    Consolation 3rd round: Pinned by John Nething (South Dakota State), 1:58
    Dallago eliminated

    184: Nikko Reyes (No. 9 seed), r-Fr., Fresno, Calif.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. Jacob Abrams (Southern Oregon), 6-1
    Round of 16: Dec. No. 8 Phillip Joseph (Eastern Michigan), 4-1
    Quarterfinals: Dec. by No. 1 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa), 7-3

    184: Joe LaManna, r-So., Palermo, Italy
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. Zach Diekel (Lehigh), 8-6
    Round of 16: Maj. dec. by No. 4 Vic Avery (Edinboro), 18-6
    Consolation 4th round: Maj. dec. by Lucas Sheridan (Indiana), 13-3
    LaManna eliminated

    184: Jeff Koepke, r-So., Prospect Heights, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. by Anthony Abro (Eastern Michigan), 6-4
    Consolation 2nd round: BYE
    Consolation 3rd round: Tech. fall Kyle Lux (Northern Iowa), 16-1 (2:24)
    Consolation 4th round: Dec. by No. 8 Phillip Joseph (Eastern Michigan), 5-1
    Koepke eliminated

    197: Mario Gonzalez (No. 1 seed), r-Sr., Aurora, Ill.
    1st round: Dec. Willie Miklus (Missouri), 5-2
    Round of 16: Dec. Vince Pickett (Edinboro), 8-3
    Quarterfinals: Dec. No. 8 Joe Rau (Unt.), 10-6

    HWT: Christopher Lopez, r-So., Chicago, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. No. 12 Doug Vollaro (Lehigh), 3-1 SV1
    Round of 16: Dec. by No. 5 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin), 4-0
    Consolation 4th round: Dec. Dan Garwood (Unt.-Virginia Tech.), 3-1 SV1
    Consolation 5th round: Dec. Khodar Hoballah (Eastern Michigan), 3-1

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