Kennedy, Futrell Take Second, Terrazas Third at Midlands
Dec. 30, 2010
EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 2 Jimmy Kennedy and No. 5 B.J. Futrell placed second, while No. No. 12 Eric Terrazas placed third - winning eight straight bouts after dropping his opening match - at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships to lift Illinois into tenth place in the team standings. Kennedy suffered an injury in his 4-1 semifinal win over Iowa State's Chris Drouin, forcing him to medical forfeit the championship bout to Cal Poly's Boris Novachkov. Futrell dropped a 13-6 decision in the title bout to Wisconsin's top-seeded Tyler Graff and Terrazas scored a 4-1 win in tiebreaks over Northwestern's second-seeded Andrew Nadhir.
"Jimmy tweaked his ankle in the semifinals so he rested it between sessions, but he was sore when he was warming up and it's just too early in the year to take any chances," Jim Heffernan said. "Terrazas won a tough match this morning then beat a really good guy again for third. He's wrestling well. B.J. was really good up until the finals, he just never got going against Graff, and Jimmy was solid as a rock throughout the tournament, as usual."
Futrell started Illinois' day in the championship bracket with a 9-6 win over Iowa's No. 8 and third-seeded Tony Ramos, followed by Kennedy's 4-1 victory over Drouin. But Kennedy injured his ankle and was held out of the championship bout for precautionary reasons, meaning he medically forfeited to Novachkov. Futrell never could get going against Graff but scored a late takedown to keep the bout to a decision.
Terrazas scored a 2-0 win over Missouri's Kyle Bradley in the second sudden-victory period, then accepted consecutive medical forfeits to advanced to the third-place bout. He and Nadhir each escaped after starting down in the second and third periods, then neither man scored in sudden victory. Terrazas rode out Nadhir in the first tiebreak period before escaping in the second tiebreak and adding a takedown for the 4-1 overtime win to secure third place.
At 157, freshman Jackson Morse, wrestling unattached, couldn't put anything together against Pittsburgh's Donnie Tasser as the Panther took the 22-5 technical fall in 5:02. Also, it was reported on Wednesday that Illini sophomore Conrad Polz defeated Oklahoma's No. 3 Tyler Caldwell because of a mistake in the day's final brackets. In reality, it was Caldwell who earned a 3-2 win over Polz in tiebreaks.
The Illini return to action on Friday, Jan. 7, when they host West Virginia at 7 p.m. It is the first of three home duals in January for Illinois.
133: #5 B.J. Futrell (No. 2 seed), So., Chicago, Ill., 15-3
141: #2 Jimmy Kennedy (No. 1 seed), Sr., Ingleside, Ill., 10-1
149: #12 Eric Terrazas (No. 4 seed), Jr., Wheaton, Ill., 15-3
157: Jackson Morse, Fr. (unattached), Alto, Mich., 14-5