Junior Eric Terrazas will have another tough bout on Thursday as he takes on No. 12 Kurt Kinser.
Feb. 15, 2011
#18 Illinois vs. Indiana
Feb. 17 // Huff Hall // 7 pm // Big Ten Network (delay) // Champaign, Ill.
The Illinois/Indiana dual will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network on a tape delay, with the match airing Friday at 10 p.m. CT. Joe Miller will handle play-by-play duties while Lee Kemp will provide analysis.
The Illinois/Indiana dual will be carried live on WDWS AM-1400 with Brian Moline and Jeff Scott on the call.
Live scoring will be available for the Indiana dual through the NWCA Live Scorebook. It can be found here.
#18 Illinois (5-5-1, 2-4-1 Big Ten) Probable Wrestlers
125 -/-/- Logan Arlis, 9-17, Fr. 133 9/8/7 B.J. Futrell, 22-5, r-So. 141 4/4/3 Jimmy Kennedy, 13-1, r-Sr. 149 -/-/19 Eric Terrazas, 20-7, Jr. 157 -/-/- Jackson Morse, 20-9, Fr. 165 -/-/- Conrad Polz, 11-8, r-So. 174 -/-/- Dan Stelter, 3-8, r-So. OR -/-/- Ben Friedl, 9-6, r-Sr. 184 -/-/- Tony Dallago, 15-12, r-Fr. 197 -/-/- Joe Barczak, 13-5, r-Sr. HWT -/-/- Pat Walker, 10-11, r-So. Rankings are listed in Intermat, W.I.N., AWN format
Indiana (11-6, 1-5 Big Ten) Probable Wrestlers
125 -/-/- Justin Brooks, 14-14, r-Fr. 133 -/-/- Matt Ortega, 15-13, r-Jr. 141 -/-/- Mitchell Richey, 14-15, Fr. 149 12/16/12 Kurt Kinser, 22-7, r-Sr. OR -/-/- Geno Capezio, 3-6, r-So. 157 8/9/10 Paul Young, 22-6, r-Sr. 165 -/-/- Ryan LeBlanc, 8-8, r-Fr. OR -/-/- Ryan Konz, 10-11, r-So. 174 -/-/- Nick Avery, 9-16, r-Sr. 184 -/-/- Eric Cameron, 12-17, r-Sr. 197 9/12/10 Matt Powless, 31-3, r-Jr. HWT 9/9/12 Ricky Alcala, 25-7, r-Sr. Rankings are listed in Intermat, W.I.N., AWN format
Senior Jimmy Kennedy is back for his final season after redshirting in 2009-10 and opened the season ranked either No. 1 or 2 by all three major rankings. Kennedy now is ranked either No. 3 or 4 in all three polls, holding down the No. 4 spot in the Intermat and W.I.N. Magazine rankings, while coming in at No. 3 by Amateur Wrestling News. He is 13-1 thus far, including five wins over ranked opponents and three over top-10 foes. He missed six duals from Jan. 7-30 with an ankle injury before returning against Ohio State on Feb. 4.
Sophomore B.J. Futrell is having an incredible season at his new 133-pound weight class after recovering from a shoulder injury that cut his 2009-10 season short. Futrell won his first seven matches this year, placed fourth at the Las Vegas Invitational - out-performing his No. 10 seed - and took second at Midlands. He is 22-5 and has topped five ranked foes this year: No. 6 Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan), No. 7 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech), No. 8 Tony Ramos (Iowa) and No. 15 Nathan Pennesi (WVU). His four losses have come to No. 3 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) (three times), No. 5 Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) and No. 9 Andrew Long (Penn State).
Junior 149-pounder Eric Terrazas is in the midst of a breakout season, currently ranked as high as No. 18 by AWN, and holding a 20-7 record. He placed third at Midlands, topping No. 7 Andrew Nadhir (Northwestern) in overtime in the third-place bout, and fifth at the Las Vegas Invitational. His hot start was reminiscent of last season, when Terrazas started 9-0 before breaking his foot while training during Thanksgiving break and went 3-9 the remainder of the year. So far this year, Terrazas is 4-4 against ranked opponents and 1-2 against top-10 foes.
True-freshman Jackson Morse jumped into the starting lineup against West Virginia on Jan. 7 and has gone 5-4 since then, including three major decisions in duals against SIU Edwardsville, Minnesota and Lock Haven. Morse is tied for second on the team with 20 wins.
Senior Joe Barczak has filled in admirably at 197 pounds for an injured Mario Gonzalez, going 6-1 at the weight despite being more suited to the 174-pound weight class, where he wrestled last season. He wrestled at 197 in the Purdue dual, but has won six straight matches at 197 since filling in full-time for Gonzalez against SIU Edwardsville.
#18 Illini Take on Indiana in Final Home Dual
No. 18 Illinois squares off with Indiana in its final dual of the season on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Huff Hall. The meet also will serve as the Illini's Senior Night, where they will say goodbye to eight seniors. In addition, the match has been dubbed "The Great Escape," Illinois' premier promotion for wrestling. The event features free food for the first 800 fans, a number of great giveaways throughout the night and an entertainment act during the intermission halfway through the dual.
The Fighting Illini are coming off a split in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania last weekend, dropping a hotly contested 23-13 dual at No. 3 Penn State on Friday before whipping Lock Haven, 34-7, on Saturday.
The Hoosiers earned their first Big Ten win this season with a 22-9 walloping of Michigan State last Friday. That followed four straight losses to Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan and Iowa. Indiana also dropped a 28-9 dual to Northwestern in December. The Hoosiers are led by a quartet of ranked wrestlers in No. 8 Paul Young (157), No. 9 Matt Powless (197), No. 9 Ricky Alcala (HWT) and No. 12 Kurt Kinser (149).
Series History Against Indiana
Illinois is 43-41-1 all-time against Indiana and has won 12 of its last 13 duals against the Hoosiers after dropping a 22-13 match last year in Bloomington. That was Indiana's first win over the Illini since Feb. 10, 1996. Illinois is 32-13 all-time against Indiana at Huff Hall including an eight-match winning streak in Champaign.
Matchups to Watch
A number of weights in Thursday's duals will likely feature close bouts that will be important to the final outcome. Here's a look at a few of those intriguing matchups:
#18 Illinois vs. Indiana
125: Logan Arlis (ILL) vs. Justin Brooks (IU)
Arlis continues his quest for his first Big Ten win against Justin Brooks, who is .500 on the season with a 14-14 record. The Illini true-freshman nearly broke through at Penn State last Friday, falling 6-5 to Nate Morgan on a late takedown. He also has had close battles with Michigan State's Eric Olanowski and Ohio State's Bo Touris lately. Brooks beat Olanowski, 8-3, last Friday, and scored a 5-1 win over Penn State back-up Eric Caschera. He is 8-9 in duals and 2-4 in the Big Ten.
149: Eric Terrazas (ILL) vs. #12 Kurt Kinser (IU)
If Kinser wrestles Thursday, this could be one of the best matches of the night. Terrazas is 20-7 compared to Kinser's 22-7 mark on the season, but the Hoosier did not compete against Michigan State last Friday. Kinser has Big Ten wins over Iowa's Matt Ballweg, Michigan's Eric Grajales and Minnesota's Danny Zilverberg with losses to then-No. 5 Frank Molinaro (Penn State) and then-No. 7 Andrew Nadhir (Northwestern). Terrazas is 1-2 against Nadhir this year, 0-1 against Molinaro and defeated Zilverberg.
*Complete match notes available in the attached PDF.