Feb. 14, 2014
National Duals Notes | Tournament Central | NWCA National Duals Bracket | Coach Heffernan Interview
#15 Illinois at NWCA National Duals
Feb. 16-17 // St. John Arena // 2 PM // Columbus, Ohio
Sunday, Feb. 16
12 p.m. CT - Preliminary Round 1
2 p.m. CT - Preliminary Round 2
4 p.m. CT - Consolation Round
6 p.m. CT - Quarterfinals
Monday, Feb. 17
10 a.m. CT - Consolation Round 2
12 p.m. CT - Semifinals & Consolation 3
3 p.m. CT - Final & 3rd-place matches
All matches on Sunday and Monday's consolation and third-place matches will be streamed live through Flowrestling.org here: http://goo.gl/T9ipKP
The Big Ten Network will air one semifinal round live at 12 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 and will come back to air the championship finals at 3 p.m. later the same day.
Live results will be available via trackwrestling.com here: http://bit.ly/1eXkHX1
Illinois Probable Starters
125 3/3 Jesse Delgado, 18-2, Jr.
133 11/13 Zane Richards, 19-3, r-Fr.
141 12/13 Steven Rodrigues, 8-3, r-So.
OR -/- Logan Arlis, 2-2, r-Jr.
149 17/- Caleb Ervin, 7-5, r-So.
OR -/- John Fahy, 10-10, r-Fr.
157 15/13 Zac Brunson, 19-6, r-Fr.
165 10/13 Jackson Morse, 18-4, r-Jr.
174 -/- Tony Dallago, 16-6, r-Sr.
184 -/- Nikko Reyes, 15-8, r-Fr.
197 10/7 Mario Gonzalez, 8-0, r-Sr.
OR -/- Jeff Koepke, 7-10, r-So.
HWT -/- Christopher Lopez, 10-14, r-So.
Rankings are listed in W.I.N., Intermat
The Fighting Illini wrapped up the conference season with back-to-back wins last weekend, defeating Purdue 18-16 and #9 Northwestern 24-12. Illinois received an automatic bid to the 2014 NWCA National Duals based on their finish last year. The Orange and Blue will square off against Central Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m., with the winner moving on to face either #4 Oklahoma State or #6 Cornell in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m.
Illinois and Central Michigan have only met one other time in program history, when Central Michigan defeated the Illini 34-10 on Jan. 18, 1992.
Injuries have plagued the Illini all season as they have yet to field their full starting lineup. Mario Gonzalez has wrestled once since suffering a rib injury at the Midlands Championships on Dec. 30, while Steven Rodrigues missed over a month of action with a hand injury.
ILLINOIS' HISTORY AT THE NATIONAL DUALS
This will be the third consecutive year the Illini have competed at the National Duals, and the fourth overall. Last season, the Illini lost to top-seeded Oklahoma State in the first round. At the 2012 National Duals, Illinois won its first two matches to advance to the Final Four before falling to top-ranked Oklahoma State to place fourth.