Jordan Blanton will look to tie a career-best eight pins this weekend against Curran Jacobs of Michigan State.
Jan. 19, 2012
#6 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Jan. 22 // Huff Hall // 2 PM // Champaign, Ill.
Live Blog: FightingIllini.com
#6 Illinois (10-2, 2-2) Probable Starters
125 5/4/5, Jesse Delgado, 21-3, r-Fr.
133 5/5/5, B.J. Futrell, 18-3, r-Jr.
141 -/-/-, Daryl Thomas, 9-8, r-Jr.
OR -/-/-, Tucker Armstrong, 7-10, r-Fr.
149 12/12/13, Eric Terrazas, 17-4, Sr.
157 -/18/-, Jackson Morse, 8-6, So.
OR -/-/-, Kyle Dooley, 4-5, r-Jr.
165 10/12/9, Conrad Polz, 12-1, r-Jr.
174 10/8/7, Jordan Blanton, 16-2, r-Jr.
184 -/-/-, Tony Dallago, 13-7, r-So.
197 16/15/15, Mario Gonzalez, 14-4, r-So.
HWT -/-/-, Pat Walker, 10-11, r-Jr.
Rankings are listed in Intermat, W.I.N., AWN format
Quick Hits Freshman Jesse Delgado begins his first season as an Illini recording an impressive 21-3 record, including a victory over No. 1 ranked 125 pounder Matt McDonough of Iowa in an 11-7 OT decision. Delgado owns seven technical falls on the season. He is tied for second in the nation and leads the team in the category. Delgado is ranked in the top-five by the three major rankings, No. 5 by Intermat, No. 4 by W.I.N. Magazine and No. 5 by Amateur Wrestling News.
Junior B.J. Futrell is 18-3 and is undefeated in the new year going 4-0 in 2012. He has pinned eight of his opponents en route to setting a career-best in falls and leads the squad in the category. Futrell is ranked No. 5 nationally by Intermat, W.I.N. Magazine and Amateur Wrestling News.
Senior Eric Terrazas is having an amazing senior season, owning a 17-4 record this season. He was named the Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 11 after dominating at 149 pounds and led the Illini to a 3-0 record two weeks ago. Terrazas beat two top-10 opponents in one weekend, the first of his career.
Junior Conrad Polz has made a giant impact for the Illini after returning from an injury which sidelined him for over two months. Polz immediately jumped back into the rankings, appearing as high at No. 10 by Intermat, a new career-best. The junior defeated his second ranked opponent this year as he moved past No. 6 Cody Yohn of Minnesota last weekend with a 4-2 decision.
Junior Jordan Blanton comes into the Michigan State dual after a career-best third-place finish at the Midlands. He is ranked in the top 10 by all three major rankings. Blanton is 16-2 thus far, with seven wins coming from pins, one fall away from tying his career-high set in 2008-09.
SERIES RECORD AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE
Michigan State is 41-16-3 all-time against Illinois but the Illini have won 11 of the last 15 duals between the two squads, dating back to the 1992-93 season. The Orange and Blue have won four of the last five duals and nine of the last 11 against MSU. The Spartans defeated Illinois last year, 21-15 in East Lansing.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
#6 ILLINOIS vs MICHIGAN STATE
157: Jackson Morse (ILL) vs. #13 Anthony Jones (MSU)
Morse comes into this match on Sunday looking to bounce back from a 8-6 loss last weekend against Minnesota. The 2011 NCAA qualifier has never wrestled No. 13 Anthony Jones but looks to improve upon his five pins this season, a new career-best. Jones is coming off a 18-6 major decision over Indiana's Ryan Konz last weekend.
#6 ILLINI DROP TO #3 MINNESOTA, 25-9
No. 6 Illinois got two wins over ranked opponents with Mario Gonzalez at 197 and Conrad Polz at 165, but it wasn't enough as Minnesota took the match 25-9. Gonzalez defeated No. 3 Sonny Yohn 5-4 while Polz moved past No. 6 Cody Yohn 4-2. B.J. Futrell picked up his 18th victory of the season when he defeated Chris Dardanes with a 9-6 decision. Three other Illini lost their matches by a one point margin.
TERRAZAS TABBED CO-B1G WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
Eric Terrazas was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week on Jan. 11 after dominating at 149 pounds and leading the Fighting Illini to a 3-0 record over Purdue, Lock Haven and then No. 8 Michigan. The senior, then ranked 14th, went undefeated with wins over two top-10 opponents, giving him three wins over top-10 foes in his career. This marks the first career weekly honor for Terrazas.
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