Illini Host 2013 Big Ten Championships

Conrad Polz and the Fighting Illini will host the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 9-10.
Conrad Polz and the Fighting Illini will host the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships March 9-10.

March 6, 2013

Illinois Notes for the Big Ten ChampionshipsGet Acrobat Reader

#12 Illinois at Big Ten Championship
March 9-10 // Assembly Hall // Champaign, Ill.

Illinois Pre-Seeds
125: 3rd Jesse Delgado (18-3, 6-1), So., Gilroy, Calif.
133: 5th Daryl Thomas (20-7, 4-3), r-Sr., Edwardsville, Ill.
149: 7th Caleb Ervin (21-9, 3-4), r-Fr., Morganfield, Ky.
165: 2nd Conrad Polz (20-5, 6-1), r-Sr., Orland Park, Ill.
174: 6th Jordan Blanton (19-8, 5-5), r-Sr., Richmond, Ill.
184: 6th Tony Dallago (17-10, 3-4), r-Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.
197: 3rd Mario Gonzalez (11-6, 4-2), r-Jr., Aurora, Ill.
HWT: 11th Christopher Lopez (11-14, 1-6), r-Fr., Lombard, Ill.

Records are (Overall, Against the Field)

Championship Central
For all the information regarding the 2013 Big Ten Wrestling Championships, visit the championships central page Here.

Live Stream
Live streaming of each mat will be available on the Illinois championships central website for free on Saturday. Sunday's streams will be provided by BTN Student U and BTN2GO (fee required).

Live Results
Live results will be available through TrackWrestling and updated brackets will be posted throughout the championships on the the championship central website which is located on the Illinois wrestling page.

The finals on Sunday afternoon will be available live on the Big Ten Network. Tim Johnson, Jim Gibbons and Shane Sparks will have the call live from Assembly Hall.

Follow @IlliniWrestling or @B1GWrestle for live twitter updates throughout the two day championships.

Session Times
Saturday, March 9
Session 1 - 10 AM
Session 2 - 5 PM

Sunday, March 10
Session 3 - 11:30 AM
Session 4 (1st/3rd/5th place) - 1:30 PM

#12 Illini Host Big Ten Championships
No. 12 Illinois (7-6 overall, 3-5 in the Big Ten) begins the championship portion of the schedule when it hosts the 2013 Big Ten Championships at Assembly Hall on March 9-10. Illinois finished fourth at last year's championships and qualified seven individuals for the NCAA Championships. The Illini also crowned one Big Ten champion as 197-pounder Mario Gonzalez won his first career title and the first in the program since the 2001 season.

Eight Illini Earn Pre-Seeds
Eight Illini wrestlers earned pre-seeds for the Big Ten Championships. Senior Conrad Polz (165) earned the No. 2 seed, while Jesse Delgado (125) and Mario Gonzalez (197) notched the No. 3 seed. Senior Daryl Thomas (133) grabbed the No. 5 spot while Jordan Blanton (174) and Tony Dallago (184) earned the No. 6 seed. Redshirt-freshman Caleb Ervin (149) earned the No. 7 spot while Christopher Lopez (HWT) grabbed the No. 11 seed at heavyweight.

NCAA Qualifier Spots Allocated
The NCAA announced the number of qualifiers for each weight class at each qualifying event on Feb. 28. 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; rating percentage index (RPI); and coaches rankings. The conference received 74 spots, tying its record-high under the new qualifier system.

The Big Ten breakdown is as follows: seven for 125, seven for 133, six for 141, eight for 149, seven for 157, eight for 165, eight for 174, six for 184, eight for 197 and nine for heavyweight.

Weight Classes to Watch
While every weight class in the Big Ten is extremely tough, there are a few classes where Illinois wrestlers could make a deep run in the Big Ten Championships. Here's a look at those weights:

Third-seeded Jesse Delgado has as good a chance to win a Big Ten title as any of the top seeds at 125 pounds, since one of his losses against the field came to Penn State's No. 2 seed Nico Megaludis. Delgado defeated top-seeded Matt McDonough earlier in the year as he broke the Hawkeye's 42 match win streak.

No. 2 seed Conrad Polz looks to have one of his best Big Ten championships of his career. The senior is 6-1 against the field with his only loss coming from top-seeded David Taylor. Polz finished a career-best fourth at last year's conference championships.

Complete notes available in the above PDF file