| Coach Heffernan Interview
Dec. 5, 2013
#6 Illinois at #17 Wisconsin
Friday, Dec. 6 // Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center // Madison, Wis.
Illinois Probable Starters
125 1/1 Jesse Delgado, 6-0, r-Jr.
133 10/13 Zane Richards, 10-1, r-Fr.
141 -/- John Fahy, 7-3, r-Fr.
OR -/- Steven Rodrigues, 2-1, r-So.
149 14/15 Caleb Ervin, 2-1, r-So.
157 14/15 Zac Brunson, 9-1, r-Fr.
165 7/11 Jackson Morse, 12-0, r-Jr.
174 15/16 Tony Dallago, 9-2, r-Sr.
184 14/-- Nikko Reyes, 10-1, r-Fr.
197 5/7 Mario Gonzalez, 3-0, r-Sr.
HWT -/- Christopher Lopez, 6-4, r-So.
Rankings are listed in W.I.N., Intermat
Reigning NCAA and Big Ten Champion Jesse Delgado has started the season 6-0, including three pins and two tech. falls. He was named Outstanding Wrestler at the `Grapple at the Garden' after winning both matches, including a decision over #2 Nahshon Garrett of Cornell. The Gilroy, Calif. native has been ranked No. 1 by both W.I.N. magazine and Intermat for five weeks.
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 currently holds a 2-1 record, including a win over #15 Bryce Busler of Bloomsburg.
Tony Dallago currently holds a 9-2 record in his first season competing at 174 pounds. Dallago's two pins at the Chicago Quad gives him a career total of 34, the second most in school history. He started the season by going 4-0 to win the Loras Open, and is currently ranked the No. 15 wrestler at 174 pounds by W.I.N. Magazine.
Two-time NCAA qualifier Mario Gonzalez returns as the starter at 197 pounds. Gonzalez is currently ranked No. 5 by W.I.N. Magazine and holds a 3-0 record, including a victory over #12 Jace Bennett of Cornell.
Jackson Morse remains undefeated with a 12-0 record and is currently ranked a career high No. 7 by W.I.N. magazine. The redshirt-junior has tallied seven tech. falls and three pins, as well as a major decision victory over #6 Josh Veltre of Bloomsburg.
#6 ILLINI WIN THREE OF FOUR IN NEW YORK
The Fighting Illini wrestling team competed in two events in New York last weekend, with two duals on Saturday and two on Sunday. The Illini began the weekend with two victories at the Journeymen Duals in Troy, N.Y., defeating George Mason 44-0 and #28 North Carolina State 26-15. Jackson Morse highlighted the day, winning each bout by pin and defeating #19 Nijel Jones of North Carolina State.
The squad then traveled to New York, N.Y. to compete at the `Grapple at the Garden' on Sunday, where they began the day with a 29-18 victory over #23 Bloomsburg. Caleb Ervin and Morse each came away with big wins in the matchup, as Ervin defeated #15 Bryce Busler and Morse defeated #6 Josh Veltre. In the final dual of the weekend, Illinois lost a nail-biter to #9 Cornell 15-18. Jesse Delgado highlighted the matchup, defeating #2 Nahshon Garrett, and was named Outstanding Wrestler of the event.