No. 5 Jesse Delgado takes on No. 9 Levi Mele of Northwestern on Friday night. The freshman owns a 1-0 record against the Wildcat.
Jan. 25, 2012
#8 Illinois vs. #18 Northwestern
Jan. 27 // Huff Hall // 5 PM // Champaign, Ill.
#8 Illinois at Indiana
Jan. 29 // University Gym // 1 PM // Bloomington, Ind.
Friday's Illinois/Northwestern dual will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
Play-by-play: Tim Johnson
Analysis: Jim Gibbons
Sideline: Shane Sparks
Live scoring for the Northwestern dual will be through the NWCA Live Scorebook. It can be found HERE.
#8 Illinois (11-2, 3-2) Probable Starters
125 5/4/5, Jesse Delgado, 22-3, r-Fr.
133 5/5/5, B.J. Futrell, 19-3, r-Jr.
141 -/-/-, Daryl Thomas, 10-8, r-Jr.
OR -/-/-, Tucker Armstrong, 7-10, r-Fr.
149 16/15/13, Eric Terrazas, 17-5, Sr.
157 -/- /-, Jackson Morse, 8-7, So.
OR -/-/-, Kyle Dooley, 4-5, r-Jr.
165 10/8/9, Conrad Polz, 13-0, r-Jr.
174 12/13/10, Jordan Blanton, 16-3, r-Jr.
184 -/-/-, Tony Dallago, 14-7, r-So.
197 16/15/15, Mario Gonzalez, 15-4, r-So.
HWT -/-/-, Pat Walker, 11-11, r-Jr.
Rankings are listed in Intermat, W.I.N., AWN format
Freshman Jesse Delgado begins his first season as an Illini recording an impressive 22-3 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 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 19-3 and is undefeated in the new year going 5-0 in 2012. He has pinned nine of his opponents en route to setting a career-best in falls and leads the squad in the category. His pins also tie Tony Dallago's pins record from last season, equaling the ninth-most pins in a season in school history. Futrell is ranked No. 5 nationally by Intermat, W.I.N. Magazine and Amateur Wrestling News.
Senior Eric Terrazas is having an record setting senior season, owning a 17-5 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 against Purdue, Lock Haven and then No. 8 Michigan. 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. Besides the injury default, Polz is undefeated this season, owning a 13-1 record. 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 with a 4-2 decision.
SERIES RECORD AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
Northwestern is 32-41-2 all-time against Illinois with the Illini having won 12 of the last 15 duals between the two squads, dating back to the 1996-97 season. The Orange and Blue have won three of the last five duals and seven of the last 10 against NU. The Wildcats defeated Illinois last year, 27-13 in Evanston.
SERIES RECORD AGAINST INDIANA
Indiana is 41-43-1 all-time against Illinois but the Illini have won 13 of the last 15 duals between the two teams, dating back to the 1994-95 season. The Illini have won four of the last five duals and nine of the last 10 against the Hoosiers. The Orange and Blue defeated IU last year, 23-11 in Champaign.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
#8 ILLINOIS vs. #18 Northwestern
125: #5 Jesse Delgado (ILL) vs #9 Levi Mele (NU)
After facing each other at the Midlands about a month ago, Jesse Delgado and Levi Mele will meet again on Friday. Delgado, the top-seeded wrestler at 125, pinned fourth-seeded Mele in 3:44 to give the Wildcat one of his four losses on the year.
#8 ILLINOIS at Indiana
197: #16 Mario Gonzalez (ILL) vs. #3 Matt Powless (IND)
No. 16 Mario Gonzalez faces his fourth top-10 opponent this season in No. 3 Matt Powless. The two have never met, however Gonzalez is used to the tough competition as the redshirt-sophomore took down then No. 3 Sonny Yohn of Minnesota just a few weeks ago.
#6 ILLINI WINS 26-13 OVER MICHIGAN STATE
No. 6 Illinois won seven of 10 bouts, including a pin by No. 5 B.J. Futrell at 133 pounds as the Ilini topped Michigan State 26-13 at Huff Hall. Conrad Polz (165) and Tony Dallago (184) posted clutch wins to keep the Ilini on track for the victory. Pat Walker defeated No. 10 Mike McClure 3-1 in SV1 to give the redshirt-junior the first career victory over a ranked oppoenent.
THIS WEEKEND'S PROMOTIONS
Friday's dual will serve as "Orange Krush point night," where Orange Krush members can earn a point toward future road trips for men's basketball games. There will also be face painting for children at the marketing table. For more information, contact Director of Marketing and Promotions Carrie Snyder at 217. 333.6969.
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