June 11, 2014
2013-14 Final Notes
Jesse Delgado won his second straight NCAA title at 125 pounds, becoming the first Illinois wrestler to win back-to-back national titles in 56 years. Delgado defeated No. 2 seed Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) in a 3-2 decision in the championship bout. With the win, Delgado earned his third All-America honors. The junior also won the Big Ten title at 125 pounds after defeating Penn State's top-seeded Nico Megaludis 3-2 in a double overtime battle. Delgado posted a 30-2 overall record, giving him the seventh-best single-season win percentage in school history, including 7-1 in the conference. The Gilroy, California, native led the team in dual points scored (80) and was ranked No. 1 by W.I.N. Magazine for 10 consecutive weeks during the season.
Tony Dallago moved down to 174 pounds after serving as the 184-pound starter for three years. The redshirt-senior finished the season with a 23-13 overall record, including a 6-2 record in the Big Ten. Dallago placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight season. He advanced to the round of 12 with a 3-2 record at the national meet, including three upset victories. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native led the team in season pins with eight and became Illinois' all-time leader in career pins with 40.
Mario Gonzalez qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time in his career after placing eighth at the Big Ten Championships. The redshirt-senior advanced to the round of 12 with a 4-2 record at the event, including two upset victories. Despite missing nearly two months of action due to injury, Gonzalez compiled a 14-3 record and was ranked No. 5 by W.I.N. magazine for eighth consecutive weeks during the season.
Zane Richards ended his first season as Illinois' 133-pound starter with an overall record of 27-9, including a conference record of 6-2. Richards qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing fifth at the Big Ten Championships. The redshirt-freshman tied for the most tech. falls (7) and major decisions (7) on the team, and scored the third-most dual points (51).
Delgado Wins Back-to-Back NCAA Titles
University of Illinois junior Jesse Delgado won his second straight 125-pound NCAA title with a 3-2 decision over No. 2 seed Nahshon Garrett of Cornell. With the win, Delgado becomes the first Illinois wrestler to win back-to-back national titles in 56 years. Last season, Delgado became the program's first-ever national champion at 125 pounds. The Illini finished 13th with 41 points.
Delgado Wins Second Straight Big Ten Title at 125
Second-seed Jesse Delgado won his second straight conference title with a double-overtime victory over Penn State's top-seeded Nico Megaludis. After receiving a first-round bye, the junior went 3-0 at the event with a 9-2 decision over Purdue's Camden Eppert, a 4-3 decision over Iowa's Cory Clark and a 3-2 double-overtime decision over Megaludis.
Illini Place Sixth at Big Tens
Illinois placed sixth at the 2014 Big Ten Championships with 78.5 points, while nine Illini earned spots on the podium. Conference champion Jesse Delgado led the Orange & Blue with a first place finish, followed by fifth-place finishers Zane Richards, Jackson Morse and Tony Dallago. Steven Rodrigues and Nikko Reyes each placed sixth, while Zac Brunson finished seventh. Caleb Ervin and Mario Gonzalez each placed eighth.