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    Illini Finish Fourth at Midlands Championships
    Steven Rodrigues finished in second place after upsetting four seeded opponents during the two-day tournament.

    Steven Rodrigues finished in second place after upsetting four seeded opponents during the two-day tournament.

    Dec. 30, 2013

    Final Midlands Championships Results

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Fighting Illini placed fourth at the 2013 Midlands Championships after totaling 83 points, just one less point than third-place Michigan. Five Illini placed in the top-eight, as Steven Rodrigues (141) finished second, Jesse Delgado (125) placed third, Mario Gonzalez (197) finished sixth, Zac Brunson (157) placed seventh, and Christopher Lopez (HWT) finished in eighth place. Iowa took the team title with a tournament-record 187.5 points and crowned three champions.

    "This weekend really took a toll on us physically," said head coach Jim Heffernan. "We were battling everything from injuries to the flu throughout the tournament. After getting upset in the semifinals, Jesse Delgado did a very good job of fighting back and getting third place. Steven Rodrigues had a great run getting to the finals and wrestled well. We had to withdraw Jackson Morse and Mario Gonzalez on the second day due to injuries, and that really hurt out team point total. We need to use the next couple weeks to get healthy and get some solid training in to get ready for Big Ten season."

    Rodrigues started the day with with a 4-3 decision over No. 7 Josh Dziewa to advance to the championship match, where he squared off against top-seeded Mitchell Port of Edinboro. Port, currently the top-ranked 141-pounder in the country by Intermat, controlled the first period, taking a 5-0 lead after a takedown and three-point near fall. Rodrigues held the 2013 national runner-up to three points in the second period, making the score 8-0 going into the third. Rodrigues started the final period in the down position and scored his first point of the match with an early escape. After another takedown by Port, Rodrigues responded with an escape to make the final score 11-2. Rodrigues, who entered the tournament unseeded, defeated four seeded opponents to get to the championship match.

    Delgado began the day with a 3-1 loss to fourth-seeded Thomas Gilman of Iowa, his first loss of the season, to move into the consolation bracket. In the consolation semifinals, the reigning NCAA and Big Ten champion defeated Sean Boyle of Michigan in a 12-3 major decision to advance to the third-place match. Delgado began the match by taking down No. 5 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa), but Peters scrambled out for the escape. After another takedown, Peters responded with a reversal, but Delgado was able to escape before the end of the period, making the score 5-3 after one. Delgado began the second period in the down position and managed to escape early, while Peters did the same in period three, making the final score 6-5.

    Gonzalez lost his first matchup of the day to No. 4 Braden Atwood due to an injury default. The top-seeded 197-pounder suffered an injury shortly into the first period of the semifinals, but attempted to continue after a short timeout. After being taken down less than a minute later, Gonzalez was unable to continue and moved to the consolation bracket. The Aurora, Ill., native was unable to compete in the next two consolation matches, and ended up finishing in sixth place.

    Fifth-seeded Brunson suffered a loss to Chad Ryan of Columbia in the first session, but won three consolation matches to advance to the consolation quarterfinals, where he was defeated by teammate Isaiah Martinez. In the seventh-place match, Brunson squared off against Ryan once again, this time coming away with a tech. fall victory to place seventh.

    Lopez's eighth-place finish is a career best, while unattached wrestler Isaiah Martinez placed fourth in his collegiate debut.

    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
    Semifinals: Dec. by No. 4 Thomas Gilman (Iowa), 1-3
    Consolation semifinals: Maj. dec. Sean Boyle (Michigan), 12-3
    Third-place match: Dec. No. 4 Dylan Peters (Northern Iowa), 6-5
    Delgado - 3rd place

    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), 5-8
    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
    Semifinals: Dec. No. 7 Josh Dziewa (Iowa), 4-3
    Finals: Maj. dec. by No. 1 Mitchell Port (Edinboro), 11-2
    Rodrigues - 2nd place

    141: Logan Arlis (unattached), r-Jr., Batavia, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. by No. 1 Mitchell Port (Edinboro), 0-4
    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), 4-11
    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), 2-4
    Consolation 2nd round: BYE
    Consolation 3rd: Maj. dec. Connor Sutton (Columbia), 9-0
    Consolation 4th round: Dec. by Brody Grothus (Iowa), 2-4
    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
    Consolation round of eight: Win by medical forfeit
    Consolation quarterfinals: Dec. by Isaiah Martinez (Unt.-Illinois), 3-7
    Seventh-place match: Tech. fall Chad Ryan (Columbia), 23-8 (6:10)
    Brunson - 7th place

    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), 2-6
    Consolation 4th round: Dec. Jake Salazar (Michigan), 10-8 SV1
    Consolation 5th round: Dec. Ben Dorsay (Maryland), 6-4
    Consolation round of eight: Maj. dec. No. 10 Brandon Zeerip (Eastern Michigan), 19-6
    Consolation quarterfinals: Dec. No. 5 Zac Brunson (Illinois), 7-3
    Consolation semifinals: Dec. No. 4 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin), 7-5
    Third-place match: Dec. by No. 8 John Greisheimer (Edinboro), 6-9
    Martinez - 4th place

    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), 2-5
    Consolation round of eight: No. 10 Chad Lowman (Grandview) win by medical forfeit
    Morse eliminated

    165: Matt Nora, r-So., Naperville, Ill.
    1st round: Dec. by Jud Zeigler (Princeton), 5-6
    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), 3-7
    Consolation round of eight: Dec. by Keegan Mueller (Unt.), 1-6
    Reyes eliminated

    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), 6-18
    Consolation 4th round: Maj. dec. by Lucas Sheridan (Indiana), 3-13
    LaManna eliminated

    184: Jeff Koepke, r-So., Prospect Heights, Ill.
    1st round: BYE
    2nd round: Dec. by Anthony Abro (Eastern Michigan), 4-6
    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), 1-5
    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
    Semifinals: No. 4 Braden Atwood (Purdue) win by injury default
    Consolation semifinals: No. 9 John Bolich (Lehigh) win by medical forfeit
    Fifth-place match: No. 5 Alex Polizzi (Northwestern) win by medical forfeit
    Gonzalez - 6th place

    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), 0-4
    Consolation 4th round: Dec. Dan Garwood (Unt.-Virginia Tech.), 3-1 SV1
    Consolation 5th round: Dec. Khodar Hoballah (Eastern Michigan), 3-1
    Consolation round of eight: Win by injury default
    Consolation quarterfinals: Dec. by No. 10 Ernest James (Edinboro), 0-5
    Seventh place match: No. 8 Adam Fager (Utah Valley) win by medical forfeit
    Lopez - 8th place

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