Delgado To Semifinals at NCAA Championships
March 21, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - No. 1 Jesse Delgado (125) advanced to tonight's semifinals at the 2014 NCAA Championships, while Tony Dallago (174) and Mario Gonzalez (197) remain alive in the consolation bracket. Delgado's victory earned him his second-career All-America honors, while Dallago and Gonzalez each need one more win to become All-Americans for the first time in their careers. After three sessions, the Illini are currently tied for ninth place with 30 points. Session four begins at 7 p.m. CT with the championship semifinals, which will be aired live on ESPN.
No. 1 Jesse Delgado squared off against No. 8 Cory Clark of Iowa in the championship quarterfinals and scored first with a takedown. Clark turned Delgado for a two-point reversal, but Delgado managed to escape before the end of the period. Delgado scored the only points of the second, escaping from the bottom position to make the score 4-2 going into the final period. Clark escaped from the bottom position but Delgado scored a takedown and a three-point near-fall to increase his lead. Clark was able to escape before being awarded one point for stalling on Delgado, but with the 1:20 riding time advantage Delgado came away with the 10-5 victory. He'll take on No. 5 Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa in the championship semifinals. Delgado defeated Peters earlier this season in the consolation finals at the Midlands Championships.
Tony Dallago moved to the consolation bracket after falling to defending national champion Chris Perry of Oklahoma State yesterday in the second round. In today's consolation session, Dallago pinned both Shane Hughes (Columbia) and Joe Latham (Oregon State) to score huge bonus points for the Illini and remain alive in consolation. Dallago will square off against No. 3 Robert Kokesh of Nebraska later tonight.
Mario Gonzalez fell to No. 2 J'Den Cox of Missouri 10-4 in yesterday's second-round matchup, moving him to the consolation bracket. In today's second round of consolation, Gonzalez won by medical forfeit to advance to the third round and face No. 10 Jace Bennett of Cornell. 30 seconds into the second period, Gonzalez pinned Bennett to win the match and stay alive in consolation. He'll take on No. 11 Nathan Burack of Iowa later tonight.
No. 14 Zane Richards faced James Guilbon of Penn State in his first consolation match of the tournament. The score was tied at 3-3 at the final buzzer, but Richards' one minute of riding time gave him the winning point, making the final score 4-3. Richards then moved on to the third consolation round where he squared off against No. 11 Ryan Mango of Stanford. It was a back and forth battle, but Mango had a big third period to claim the 19-13 decision, eliminating Richards from the tournament.
In today's second consolation round, No. 16 Zac Brunson squared off against Oklahoma's Justin DeAngelis. The score was 5-5 going into the final period, but Brunson scored a takedown and three near-fall points in the last 30 seconds of the match to win 10-5. In the third consolation round, Brunson was pinned by Rutgers' Anthony Perrotti in the second period, eliminating him from the tournament.
Nikko Reyes scored bonus points for the Illini in the second consolation round with a first period pin over Benjamin Stroh of Wyoming. He moved on to face No. 10 Kenny Courts of Ohio State in the third round and was tied with the Buckeye 4-4 going into the final period. However, Courts scored a reversal just before the third period ended to claim the 6-4 victory, ending Reyes' tournament run.
125: No. 1 Jesse Delgado, Jr., Gilroy, Calif.
133: No. 14 Zane Richards, r-Fr., Carbondale, Ill.
141: Steven Rodrigues, r-So., Mount Kisco, N.Y.
157: No. 16 Zac Brunson, r-Fr., Eugene, Ore.
165: No. 12 Jackson Morse, r-Jr., Alto, Mich.
174: Tony Dallago, r-Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.
184: Nikko Reyes, r-Fr., Fresno, Calif.
197: Mario Gonzalez, r-Sr., Aurora, Ill.