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    Mario Gonzalez is one of three Illini to advance to the semifinals at the Midlands.


    Mario Gonzalez is one of three Illini to advance to the semifinals at the Midlands.

    Dec. 29, 2012

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Three Illini advanced to the semifinals at the Midlands Championships and four remain alive in the consolation bracket as Illinois leads the pack of 48 teams after day one at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Jesse Delgado (125), B.J. Futrell (149), and Mario Gonzalez(197) moved through their respective brackets into tomorrow's semifinals.

    Delgado began the tournament by defeating Nebraska's Tim Lambert by a 12-4 major decision, then moved past Thomas Gilman (Unt. - Iowa) by a 7-2 decision to reach the quarterfinals. The sophomore then defeated Trent Sprenkle of North Dakota by a 5-3 decision and will face No. 8 Christian Cullinan of Central Michigan tomorrow.

    After receiving a bye in the first round, Futrell continued his success, defeating Indiana's Eric Roach by a 19-6 major decision before moving past Grandview's Gustavo Martinez with a medical forfeit. In the quarterfinals, the senior took down Oregon State's Mike Mangrum by an 11-6 decision and will wrestle Virginia Tech's Devin Carter in tomorrow's semifinal.

    The fourth-seeded Gonzalez defeated Oklahoma's Brad Johnson in a 10-3 decision after receiving a first-round bye. In the round of 16, he moved past Central Michigan's Jackson Lewis with a 7-4 decision before defeating Kevin Beazley (Unt. Old Dominion) 11-2 to reach the semifinal in the 197 weight class tomorrow. The Aurora, Ill., native will compete against top-seeded Dustin Kilgore of Kent State.

    The Illini are tied with Virginia Tech, Lehigh and Northwestern for the most individuals advancing to the semifinals with three. Tomorrow, Session III (consolation rounds, semifinals and seventh-place matches) begin at Noon and the first, third and fifth-place bouts are set for 7 p.m.

    125: Jesse Delgado (No. 4 seed), So., Gilroy, Calif.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Major dec. Tim Lambert (Nebraska), 12-4
    3rd round: Dec. Thomas Gilman (Unt-Iowa), 7-2
    Quarterfinals: Dec. Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota), 5-3

    133: Daryl Thomas (No. 9 seed), Sr., Edwardsville, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. by Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 5-3 SV1
    Consolation 2nd round: Major dec. Geoffrey Alexander (Maryland), 13-3
    Consolation round of 16: Major dec. Joe Moita (Columbia), 14-5
    Consolation round of 16: Major dec. Joe Waltko (Clarion), 12-4
    Consolation round of 8: Dec. Tyler Keselring (Central Michigan), 5-4

    133: Logan Arlis, R-So., Batavia, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Pinned by Tyler Graff (Wisconsin), 2:27
    Consolation 1st round: BYE
    Consolation 2nd round: BYE
    Consolation round of 16: Dec. Grant Pizzo (Michigan), 10-4
    Consolation quarterfinals: Dec. by Jimmy Morris (Rider), 10-6
    Arlis eliminated

    133: Zane Richards (Unt.), R-Fr., Carbondale, Ill.
    1st round: Dec. Vinny Pizzuto (Eastern MIchigan), 8-6
    2nd round: Dec. Garrison White (Unt. Northewestern), 12-6
    Round of 16: Dec by No. 2 Daniel Dennis (Unt.) 8-3
    Consolation round of 16: Dec. Rossi Bruno (Michigan), 10-3
    Consolation round of 8: Major dec. by Randy Cruz (Lehigh), 13-4
    Richards eliminated

    141: Steven Rodrigues, R-Fr., Mount Kisco, N.Y.
    1st round: Dec. Matt Garelli (Stanford), 7-3
    2nd round: Dec. by Tyler Small (Unt. Kent State), 5-0
    Consolation round 1: BYE
    Consolation round 2: Dec. by Scott Mattingly (Central Michigan), 10-6
    Rodrigues eliminated

    141: B.J. Futrell (No. 3 seed), Sr., Park Forest, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Major dec. Eric Roach (Indiana), 19-6
    Round of 16: M FOR over Gustavo Martinez (Grandview)
    Quarterfinals: Dec. Mike Mangrum (Oregon State), 11-6

    149: Caleb Ervin, R-Fr., Morganfield, Ky.
    1st round: Major dec. Joey Kielbalsa (Unt. Central Michigan), 9-0
    2nd round: Pinned Max Mayfield (Iowa State), 4:00
    Round of 16: Dec. by No. 2 Donnie Vinson (Binghamton), 6-1
    Consolation round of 16: Dec. Donnie Corby (Central Michigan), 6-2
    Consolation round of 8: Dec. by Bart Reiter (Northern Iowa). 9-2
    Ervin eliminated

    157: Zach Brunson (Unt.), Fr., Eugene, Ore.
    1st round: Dec. Dakota Cooley (Central Michigan), 5-1
    2nd round: Dec. by No. 5 RJ Pena (Oregon State), 9-3
    Consolation 1st round: Dec. Connor Brennan (Unt. - Rider), 6-4
    Consolation 2nd round: Dec. No. 12 Dillon Bara (UW-Parkside), 15-8
    Consolation round of 16: Dec. Garrett Schaner (Stanford), 9-4
    Consolation round of 8: Tech fall by No. 7 Matt Lester (Oklahoma), 15-0, 3:29
    Brunson eliminated

    165: Conrad Polz (No. 5 seed), Sr., Orland Park, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Major dec. Brian Brill (Lehigh), 11-2
    Round of 16: Dec. No. 12 Mike Ottinger (Central Michigan), 7-5
    Quarterfinals: Dec. by No. 4 Steven Monk (North Dakota State), 9-2

    165: Jackson Morse (Unt.), R-So., Alto, Mich.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. No. 10 John Greisheimer (Edinboro), 10-7
    Round of 16: Dec. No. 7 Tyler Whilps (Pittsburgh), 11-5
    Quarterfinals: Dec. by No. 2 Pete Yates (Virginia Tech), 7-6

    174: Jordan Blanton (No. 1 seed), Sr., Richmond, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Pinned Craig Kelliher (Central Michigan), 6:25
    Round of 16: Major dec. Cameron Croy (Harvard), 12-4
    Quarterfinals: Dec. by No. 9 Nate Brown (Lehigh), 3-2

    184: Jeff Koepke, R-Fr., Prospect Heights, Ill.
    1st round: Dec. by Cody Reed (Binghamton), 12-5
    Consolation 1st round: BYE
    Consolation 2nd round: Dec. by Jack Dechow (Unt. - Old Dominion), 7-3
    Koepke eliminated

    184: Tony Dallago (No. 6 seed), R-Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. Jack Dechow (Unt. - Old Dominion), 8-6
    Round of 16: Dec. by No. 11 Vic Avery (Unt. - Edinboro), 8-6
    Consolation round of 16: Luke Sheridan (Indiana)
    Consolation round of 8: Pinned Jordan Thomas (Michigan), 0:47

    197: Mario Gonzalez (No. 4 seed), R-Jr., Aurora, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. Brad Johnson (Oklahoma), 10-3
    Round of 16: Dec. Jackson Lewis (Central Michigan), 7-4
    Quarterfinals: Major dec. Kevin Beazley (Unt. - Old Dominion), 11-2

    HWT: Christopher Lopez, R-Fr., Chicago, Ill.
    1st round: Dec. Chris Penny (Unt. - Virginia Tech), 2-1
    2nd round: Major dec. by No. 3 Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh), 8-0
    Consolation round of 16: Dec. by Blayne Beale (Northern Iowa), 3-0
    Lopez eliminated

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