Jordan Blanton looks to tie his career best in pins this weekend against Frank Cousins of Wisconsin.
Feb. 2, 2012
#6 Illinois vs. Wisconsin
Feb. 3 // Huff Hall // 7 pm // Champaign, Ill.
Live scoring will be available through Track Wrestling HERE
#6 Illinois (13-2, 5-2 Big Ten) Probable Wrestlers
125 - No. 6 - Jesse Delgado, 23-4, r-Fr.
133 - No. 5 - B.J. Futrell, 21-3, r-Jr.
141 ----- Daryl Thomas, 12-8, r-Jr.
149 - No. 16 - Eric Terrazas, 18-6, Sr.
157 ----- Jackson Morse, 9-8, So.
165 - No. 8 - Conrad Polz, 15-1, r-Jr.
174 - No. 12 - Blanton, 18-3, r-Jr.
184 ----- Tony Dallago, 16-7, r-So.
197 - No. 15 - Mario Gonzalez, 16-5, r-So.
HWT ----- Pat Walker, 11-13, r-Jr.
Rankings are listed by W.I.N. Magazine
Junior B.J. Futrell is 21-3 and is currently riding a nine match winning streak, a career best. He has pinned 10 of his opponents en route to setting a career-best in falls and leads the squad in the category. His 10 pins now tie for fifth most in a season in school history. Futrell is ranked No. 5 nationally by Intermat, W.I.N. Magazine and Amateur Wrestling News.
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 15-1 record. Polz immediately jumped back into the rankings, appearing as high at No. 8 by W.I.N. Magazine, 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.
Freshman Jesse Delgado's first season as an Illini has been impressive, compiling a 23-4 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-seven by the three major rankings, No. 7 by Intermat, No. 6 by W.I.N. Magazine and by Amateur Wrestling News.
Senior Eric Terrazas is having an record setting senior year, owning a 18-6 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.
#6 Illinois Take on Wisconsin in Final Home Dual of Season
No. 6 Illinois squares off with Wisconsin in its final dual of the season on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Huff Hall. The meet also will serve as the Illini's Senior Night, where they will say goodbye to two seniors, Martin Smith and Eric Terrazas. The Illini are 13-2 overall coming off victories over No. 18 Northwestern and Indiana last weekend. The 13 victories are the most since the 2008-09 season.
Series History Against Wisconsin
Illinois is 37-29-4 all-time against the Badgers and hasn't lost to Wisconsin since 1992, going 11-0-2 in that stretch. The past two years have been close battles between the two schools with the two ending in a 19-19 tie last year and the Illini winning the 19-18 dual in 2010.
Matchup to Watch
165: #8 Conrad Polz (ILL) vs. #13 Ben Jordan (WIS)
This will be the first time the two highly contested wrestlers have competed against each other. After a two-month injury setback, Polz has gone on a six match winning streak including two wins over ranked opponents. Jordan holds the team's best record at 20-6 and took third at the Midlands Championship.
This Weekend's Promotions
Fans who have attended four or more home meets this season and have collected the corresponding stamps on their "Take Down Card" are invited to the Take Down Club Meet & Greet on Friday from 5:30-6:00 pm at Huff Hall. Present your card at the door and enjoy food and beverages with the coaches and select wrestlers. For more information, contact Director of Marketing and Promotions Carrie Snyder at 217. 333.6969.
Complete match notes available in the attached PDF.