#17 Illini Set for Big Ten Championships

Defending conference champion Jesse Delgado looks to defend his title.
Defending conference champion Jesse Delgado looks to defend his title.

March 5, 2014

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#17 Illinois at 2014 Big Ten Championships
March 8-9 // Kohl Center // Madison, Wis.

Illinois Pre-Seeds
125 No. 2 Jesse Delgado (22-2, 7-1), Jr., Gilroy, Calif.
133 No. 5 Zane Richards (21-5, 6-2), r-Fr., Carbondale, Ill.
141 No. 6 Steven Rodrigues (9-6, 2-1), r-So., Mount Kisco, N.Y.
157 No. 7 Zac Brunson (19-10, 5-3), r-Fr., Eugene, Ore.
165 No. 5 Jackson Morse (22-4, 4-3), r-Jr., Alto, Mich.
174 No. 5 Tony Dallago (17-9, 6-2), r-Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.
197 No. 6 Mario Gonzalez, (8-0, 2-0), r-Sr., Aurora, Ill.
HWT No. 12 Christopher Lopez (13-15, 0-8), r-So., Chicago, Ill.

Records are (Overall, Conference)

Championships Central
For all information regarding the 2014 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, visit the Championships Central page here: http://www.uwbadgers.com/b1gwrestling/

Live Stream
Live streaming of each mat will be available on Wisconsin's Championships Central website. BTN Student U and InsideBadgerSports.com will provide live streams of Saturday's matches and Sunday's semifinals (session 3). BTN Student U will air Sunday's third-place matches, while InsideBadgerSports.com will stream the fifth-place bouts. Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | 3rd Place

The Big Ten Network will air Sunday's championship finals live starting at 1:12 p.m.

Live Results
Live results will be available through Trackwrestling.com and updated brackets will be posted on Wisconsin's Championships Central website.

Session Times
Saturday, March 8
Session 1 - 10:00 a.m.
Session 2 - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 9
Session 3 - 11:00 a.m.
Session 4 (1st/3rd/5th place) - 1:12 p.m.

The Fighting Illini wrestling team heads to Madison, Wis. for the 2014 Big Ten Championships on March 8-9. Sessions one and two will take place on Saturday, while sessions three and four are set for Sunday. Live streaming and results will be available on Wisconsin's Championship Central website, and updated brackets will be posted throughout the tournament.

Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the top-10 in the nation according to W.I.N. Magazine's March 3 Tournament Power Index, including top-ranked Penn State. Minnesota comes in at number two, while Iowa takes the fourth spot. Nebraska and Ohio State round out the top-10, while Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern take the No. 12, No. 13 and No. 14 spots. Illinois currently sits at No. 17.

The Fighting Illini placed fifth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, totaling 85.5 points. Five Illini currently in the starting lineup have placed at the Big Ten Championships in year's past, including defending conference champion Jesse Delgado. 2012 Big Ten champion Mario Gonzalez notched a third-place finish last year, while Tony Dallago and Caleb Ervin placed sixth and eighth, respectively. Jackson Morse placed seventh at the 2012 Big Ten Championships before redshirting last season, while Steven Rodrigues and Christopher Lopez competed at the conference championships for the first time last year.

Eight members of the Fighting Illini wrestling team have earned pre-seeds for the 2014 Big Ten Championships as voted by the conference coaches, the Big Ten office announced Monday. Defending Big Ten champion Jesse Delgado (125) leads the Illini with a No. 2 seed, while Zane Richards (133), Jackson Morse (165) and Tony Dallago (174) notched the No. 5 seed. Steven Rodrigues (141) and 2012 Big Ten champion Mario Gonzalez (197) earned the No. 6 seed, Zac Brunson (157) came in at No. 7 and Christopher Lopez (HWT) grabbed the No. 12 spot.

The NCAA announced the number of qualifiers for each weight class at each qualifying event on Feb. 27. Each qualifying tournament was awarded spots per weight class based on current year data. Each wrestler was measured on the following: Division I winning percentage at the weight class; rating percentage index (RPI); and coaches' ranking. the conference received 74 spots, tying its record-high under the new qualifier system.

The Big Ten breakdown is as follows: seven for 125, eight for 133, six for 141, six for 149, eight for 157, eight for 165, seven for 174, seven for 184, eight for 195 and nine for heavyweight.