#6 Illini Welcome Michigan State on Sunday
Jan. 19, 2012
#6 Illinois vs. Michigan State
Live Blog: FightingIllini.com
#6 Illinois (10-2, 2-2) Probable Starters
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
MATCHUP TO WATCH
#6 ILLINI DROP TO #3 MINNESOTA, 25-9
TERRAZAS TABBED CO-B1G WRESTLER OF THE WEEK
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