#8 Illini Travel to Chicago Quad Meet

Jesse Delgado will open up his season this weekend as the Illini compete at the Chicago Quad Meet on Saturday.
Jesse Delgado will open up his season this weekend as the Illini compete at the Chicago Quad Meet on Saturday.

Nov. 15, 2013

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#8 Illinois at Chicago Quad
Saturday, Nov. 16 // Chicago, Ill.
vs. Arizona State // Lincoln-Way East HS // 11 a.m. CT
vs. SIU Edwardsville // Glenbard East HS // 3 p.m. CT
vs. Ouachita Baptist // Glenbard East HS // 4:15 p.m. CT

Illinois Probable Wrestlers
125 1/1 Jesse Delgado, 0-0, r-Jr.
133 14/12 Zane Richards, 4-0, r-Fr.
141 -/- John Fahy, 5-0, r-Fr.
149 13/15 Caleb Ervin, 0-0, r-So.
157 16/15 Zac Brunson, 4-0, r-Fr.
165 10/17 Jackson Morse, 5-0, r-Jr.
174 11/12 Tony Dallago, 4-0, r-Sr.
184 --/-- Nikko Reyes, 4-0, r-Fr.
197 6/9 Mario Gonzalez, 0-0, r-Sr.
HWT -/- Christopher Lopez, 3-0, r-So.

Rankings are listed in W.I.N., Intermat

Quick Hits
• Reigning NCAA and Big Ten Champion Jesse Delgado returns at 125 pounds. Delgado tallied a record of 27-3 last season to tie for the 11th-best single-season win percentage in school history (.900). The two-time All-American scored the second-most dual points in 2013, and is ranked the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class in the both the WIN Magazine and InterMat rankings.
Caleb Ervin returns as the starter at 149 pounds after receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships last season. The 2013 NWCA Rookie of the Year posted an overall record of 22-14, including a first place finish at the Harris Open, and placed eighth at the 2013 Big Ten Championships.
• After serving as the team's 184-pound starter for three years, Tony Dallago is moving down a weight class and will compete at 174 pounds. The three-time NCAA qualifier recorded a team-high 10 pins in the 2012-13 season, which is tied for the sixth-most in a season in school history, and moved to number three on the all-time career pins list. Dallago compiled a 21-15 overall record, including a first place finish at the Loras Open and a third place finish at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open.
• Two-time NCAA qualifier Mario Gonzalez returns as the starter at 197 pounds. Gonzalez recorded an overall record of 18-9 last season, including a third place finish at the 2013 Big Ten Championships. The 2012 Big Ten Champion reached a career-high No. 5 ranking in W.I.N magazine, and went 4-2 at the national tournament.

Nine Illini wrestlers won titles at the Loras Open last Saturday, with three others placing in the top-three in their respective weight classes. The Illini recorded 15 pins and 12 tech. falls in their first tournament of the season. Redshirt-sophomore Dominic Olivieri (125), redshirt-freshmen Zane Richards (133), John Fahy (141), Zac Brunson (157) and Nikko Reyes (184), redshirt-junior Jackson Morse (165), redshirt-senior Tony Dallago (174), and redshirt-sophomore Christopher Lopez (HWT) all took the title at their respective weight classes. Redshirt-sophomore Jeff Koepke placed second at 184 pounds, and redshirt-junior Jake Gingerich (157) and redshirt-sophomore Brandon Lopez (165) placed third.

Illinois returns five NCAA qualifiers, including NCAA Champion Jesse Delgado (125), two-time NCAA qualifier and 2012 Big Ten Champion Mario Gonzalez (197), three-time NCAA qualifier Tony Dallago (174), 2013 NCAA qualifier Caleb Ervin (149) and 2011 NCAA qualifier Jackson Morse (165).