Senior 184-pounder John Dergo took home the Outstanding Wrestler and Most Falls awards at Thursday's season-ending banquet.
May 7, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - All-American and Big Ten champion John Dergo was named Illinois' outstanding wrestler at the season-ending banquet at Alexander's Steakhouse Thursday night. Dergo also took home the honor for most pins on the team as he recorded nine falls on the season. In addition, sophomore Jordan Blanton took home the All-American Award after placing fifth at the 2010 NCAA Championships, senior Clint Arlis was named Most Improved, redshirt-freshman Conrad Polz was named the Outstanding Freshman and senior Patrick Bond earned the NCAA qualifier award.
Dergo had an excellent senior year, going 36-4 at 184 pounds while winning a Big Ten title and finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships. His 36 wins are tied with teammate Jimmy Kennedy for ninth in a single season in school history, and his .900 winning percentage ranks 11th all-time. His nine pins ranks seventh on the single-season list and he ended his career with a 105-41 record, tied for 15th on the all-time wins list. His .719 career winning percentage ranks 19th.
Blanton had a remarkable sophomore campaign, going 25-9 with six falls. Blanton took third at the Big Ten Championships before finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships. Arlis became Illinois' starter at 157 pounds at the end of January and finished with a 14-7 record and a seventh-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Polz also took seventh at the Big Ten Championships, going 17-15 on the season. Bond went 24-14 in his senior season, finishing fifth at the Big Ten Championships and qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in his career.
2009-10 Wrestling Award Winners
Outstanding Wrestler - John Dergo
Most Falls - John Dergo
All-American Award - Jordan Blanton
NCAA Qualifier - Patrick Bond
Most Improved - Clint Arlis
Outstanding Freshman - Conrad Polz