Wrestling
Kennedy Third, Blanton Fifth at Midlands

 
#2 and top-seeded Jimmy Kennedy took third at Midlands with a 6-1 win over Maryland's ninth-ranked and third-seeded Steve Bell.
#2 and top-seeded Jimmy Kennedy took third at Midlands with a 6-1 win over Maryland's ninth-ranked and third-seeded Steve Bell.
 

Dec. 30, 2008

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EVANSTON, Ill.- Top-seeded and second-ranked Jimmy Kennedy took third place at the Midlands Championships on Tuesday with a 6-1 win over Maryland's ninth-ranked and third-seeded Steve Bell, while seventh-seeded and 16th-ranked Jordan Blanton scored late on Iowa State's eighth-seeded Jerome Ward for the 3-2 win in their fifth-place bout. It is Kennedy's third top-four finish at Midlands, after placing second in 2006 and fourth in 2007. Illinois finished in 10th place with 54 team points as top-ranked Iowa took the team title.

"After a heartbreaking loss, Jimmy Kennedy did a great job of fighting back with a couple of wins to get third," Illinois head coach Mark Johnson said. "And Jordan Blanton made a huge mark by taking fifth in this tournament as a freshman."

Following a mostly scoreless first period, Kennedy scored a takedown with 26 seconds left and Bell escaped for a 2-1 score after three minutes. Kennedy started down in the second and quickly escaped. He then recorded another takedown with 54 seconds left in the period for a 5-1 lead. Bell started down in the third and Kennedy rode him the entire period for the riding time advantage point and a 6-1 win.

In the fifth-place match at 184, Blanton fought through a scoreless first period and Ward started down in the second. He escaped quickly and the period ended 1-0 in Ward's favor. Blanton started down in the third and escaped with 1:21 left to tie the bout at 1. Then, with 45 seconds left, Blanton fended off a single-leg shot by Ward and circled behind for the takedown at 40 seconds. Ward managed to escape with 11 seconds remaining, but Blanton fended off the late offense for the 3-2 win and a fifth-place finish.

The Illini will take New Year's weekend off before heading east for a pair of duals at West Virginia and Pittsburgh on Jan. 9 and 10, respectively. Both duals begin at 6 p.m. (CT).

Team Scores

1.	Iowa	156.5
2.	Iowa State	153.5
3.	Missouri	121.5
4.	Wisconsin	98.5
5.	Northwestern	88.5
10.	Illinois	54.0

125: B.J. Futrell, Fr., Park Forest, Ill., 17-5
1st Round: Tech. fall by #8, 5-seed Anthony Robles (Arizona State), 17-2 (7:00)
Consolation 1st Round: Maj. dec. Jordan McGuire (Eastern Michigan), 16-5
Consolation 2nd Round: Dec. Caleb Flores (Northern Iowa), 7-1
Consolation 3rd Round: Dec. Eric Olanowski (Michigan State), 9-3
Consolation 4th Round: Tech. fall by Ben Ashmore (unattached), 16-0 (4:34)
Futrell eliminated

133: #2 Jimmy Kennedy (No. 1 seed), Jr., Ingleside, Ill., 14-0
1st Round: Dec. Larmie Shaffer (Iowa State-unattached), 5-1
2nd Round: Dec. Jason Borshoff (American), 6-2
Quarterfinals: Dec. Montell Marion (Iowa), 6-1
Semifinals: Dec. by #11, 4-seed Daniel Dennis (Iowa), 5-3 (SV2)
Consolation Semifinals: Maj. dec. Tristen DeShazer (NIU), 12-3
3rd Place: Dec. #9, 3-seed Steve Bell (Maryland), 6-1
Kennedy - 3rd place

149: Eric Terrazas, Fr., Wheaton, Ill., 12-6
1st Round: Dec. by #8, 5-seed Steve Brown (Central Michigan), 4-1
Consolation 1st Round: Bye
Consolation 2nd Round: Dec. Islam Abitrov (Nebraska-Kearney), 6-5
Consolation 3rd Round: Dec. Nick Weaver (Rider), 3-2
Consolation 4th Round: Dec. Nate Stedaker (Harper), 7-2
Consolation Round of 12: Dec. by #19, 8-seed Charlie Ettelson (Northern Iowa), 4-2
Terrazas eliminated

157: Clint Arlis, Jr., Batavia, Ill., 4-4
Pigtail: Dec. by No. 5 seed Scott Winston (Rutgers), 11-4
Consolation 1st Round: Dec. Corey Carlo (Cleveland State), 13-6
Consolation 2nd Round: Dec. Teiovan Edwards (Arizona State), 8-7
Consolation 3rd Round: Dec. by Nick Bertucci (Purdue), 10-4
Arlis eliminated

165: #11 Roger Smith-Bergsrud (No. 7 seed), Sr., Lake Bluff, Ill., 12-1
Pigtail: Dec. Robert Davis (Menlo), 2-1
1st Round: Dec. Brian Letters (Maryland), 6-5
2nd Round: Dec. Frank Battaglia (Northwestern-unattached), 3-2
Quarterfinals: Dec. by #8, 2-seed Nick Marable (Missouri), 3-1
Consolation Round of 12: Dec. by Jake Kerr (Iowa), 7-4
Smith-Bergsrud eliminated

165: Joe Barczak, So., Fox Lake, Ill., 7-5
Pigtail: Dec. by Bryan O'Connor (NIU), 7-4
Consolation 1st Round: Maj. dec. Dustin Doty (Cleveland State), 15-4
Consolation 2nd Round: Dec. by Robbie Michaels (Cleveland State), 4-3
Barczak eliminated

174: John Dergo (No. 6 seed), Jr., Morris, 4-0
1st Round: Dec. Dave Sullivan (Pittsburgh), 12-5
2nd Round: Dec. Ben Bennett (C. Michigan-unattached), 7-2
Quarterfinals: Dec. by #6, 3-seed Mike Cannon (American), 7-3
Consolation Round of 12: Maj. dec. Brandon Perkins (Oregon State), 14-5
Consolation Quarterfinals: Maj. dec. by 7-seed Mike Letts (Maryland), 11-3
7th Place: Dec. by Lloyd Rogers (Chattanooga TD Club), 9-6
Dergo - 8th place

184: #16 Jordan Blanton (No. 7 seed), Fr., Richmond, Ill., 14-4
1st Round: Dec. Nick Palmieri (Michigan State), 6-2
2nd Round: Maj. dec. Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin), 9-1
Quarterfinals: Dec. by #3, 2-seed Phil Keddy (Iowa), 8-3
Consolation Round of 12: Dec. Dorian Henderson (Missouri), 5-1
Consolation Quarterfinals: #12, 6-seed A.J. Kissel (Purdue), 4-2
Consolation Semifinals: 4-seed Doug Umbehauer (Rider), 8-3
5th Place: Dec. 8-seed Jerome Ward (Iowa State), 3-2
Blanton - 5th place

197: Patrick Bond (No. 7 seed), Jr., Chesapeake, Va., 6-8
1st Round: Maj. dec. Scott Penny (Northern Illinois), 13-5
2nd Round: Dec. by Kyle Simonson, 3-1
Consolation 3rd Round: Dec. John McClure (E. Michigan), 11-6
Consolation 4th Round: Pinned A.J. Hunte (Pittsburgh), 1:18
Consolation Round of 12: Dec. by 8-seed Jesse Strawn (Old Dominion), 5-2
Bond eliminated

197: Jake Norman, Jr., Batavia, 2-6
1st Round: Tech. fall by Andy Silber (American), 18-2 (7:00)
Consolation 2nd Round: Pinned by Tyler Smith (Rider), 2:48
Norman eliminated

HWT: #5 John Wise (No. 4 seed), Pittsfield, Ill., 7-2
1st Round: Dec. by Ed Bordas (Rider), 6-5
Consolation 2nd Round: Pinned Cody Sliger (Chattanooga), 4:23
Consolation 3rd Round: Dec. Clayton Jack (Oregon State), 7-6
Consolation 4th Round: Dec. Pat Gilmore (Maryland), 7-3
Consolation Round of 12: Dec. by Dom Bradley (Missouri), 7-4
Wise eliminated

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