Futrell and Blanton Move to Semifinals at Midlands
Dec. 29, 2011
Evanston, Ill. - B.J. Futrell and Jordan Blantonadvanced to the semifinals of the Midlands Championships and five remain alive in the consolation bracket as Illinois stands in fifth place after day one at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Futrell is the No. 4 seed and Blanton is the three seed.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Futrell started right where he left off from last year, recording a pin in 46 seconds over Bucknell's Shawn Armato. He continued his success by taking down Northwestern's Jameson Oster in a 15-5 major decision. The junior moved into the semifinals by defeating Northern Iowa's Joe Colon by a 10-1 major decision, his fourth major decision of the season. Futrell will get a rematch with top-seeded Tony Ramos of Iowa, who he lost to at the teams' dual earlier this season, in Friday's semifinals.
Blanton performed very well in the first day of competition, winning his matches by a pin, a tech fall and a decision. The junior pinned Ian Korb of Penn in 2:42 to move into the quarterfinals. The win marks Blanton's seventh fall of the season. Blanton secured his spot into the semifinals with a 5-4 decision over sixth-seed Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland and will face Iowa's Ethen Lofthouse tomorrow.
Jesse Delgadowent 2-1 on the first day of the competition with his first victory coming over Cruse Aarhus of Northern Iowa, 11-6. The freshman then defeated South Dakota State's Aaron Pickrel by a 7-2 decision but was defeated by Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech by a pin of 6:35. This marks Delgado's second loss of the season.
Eric Terrazasalso continued a strong run through the 149-pound bracket with a 17-0 technical fall over South Dakota State's Colby Kloetzer (unattached). The senior then moved past Lehigh's Kyle Rosser for the second time this season, with a 10-0 major decision. However, Terrazas came up short against sixth-seeded David Habat of Edinboro, losing the match in a 3-2 decision.
The eighth-seeded Mario Gonzalezdefeated North Dakota State's John Gusewelle in a 15-8 major decision then took down ninth-seeded Alex Thomas of Clarion in a 14-9 decision. The win marked the second time Gonzalez moved past Thomas, with the first meeting coming a few weeks ago. The junior was then defeated by top-seeded Chris Honeycutt of Edinboro in a 5-2 decision.
Sophomore Jackson Morse (157) and redshirt-junior Dan Stelter (174) went 2-2 on the day, while redshirt-freshman Caleb Ervin (149) and Tony Dallago (184) were 2-1. Junior Daryl Thomas (141), Tucker Armstrong (141) and Martin Smith (197) all went 1-2 on the day. Kyle Dooley (157) and Pat Walker(HWT) recorded an 0-2 record.
Illinois is in fifth place as a team after the evening session with two wrestlers remaining in the championship (Futrell and Blanton) and five left in the consolation bracket (Delgado, Terrazas, Ervin, Dallago, Gonzalez). Action continues Friday at Noon with the consolation round of 12, semifinal round, consolation semifinals and seventh-place matches. The tournament concludes Friday at 7:20 p.m. with the first-,third-and fifth-place matches.
125: Jesse Delgado (No. 1 seed), Jr., Gilroy, Calif.
133: B.J. Futrell (No. 4 seed), R-Jr., Park Forest, Ill.
141: Daryl Thomas, R-Jr., Edwardsville, Ill.
141: Tucker Armstrong, R-Fr., Riverside, Calif.
149: Eric Terrazas (No. 3 seed), Sr., Wheaton, Ill.
149: Caleb Ervin, r-Fr., Morganfield, Ky.
157: Jackson Morse, So., Alto, Mich.
157: Kyle Dooley, R-Jr., Monticello, Ill.
174: Jordan Blanton (No. 3 seed), R-Jr., Richmond, Ill.
174: Dan Stelter, R-Jr., Villa Park, Ill.
184: Tony Dallago (No. 6 seed), R-So., Harrisburg, Pa.
197: Mario Gonzalez (No. 8 seed), R-So., Aurora, Ill.
197: Martin Smith, R-Sr., Quincy, Ill.
HWT: Patrick Walker, R-Jr., Lombard, Ill.