#5 Illini Ready for Midlands Championships
Dec. 19, 2012
#5 Illinois at Midlands Championships
Midlands Championships Session Times
Sunday, Dec. 30
Sophomore Jesse Delgado will return as the starter at 125 after having a standout 2011-12 season. The Gilroy, Calif., native earned his first career All-America honor by placing seventh at the 2012 NCAA Championships and finished third at the Big Ten Championships. Delgado also went 6-2 during the Big Ten dual season and was the only wrestler to defeat No. 1 Matt McDonough of Iowa. Delgado also recorded eight tech falls last season and led the team in the category.
Currently, the Illini are ranked in every weight class but two, including 125 pounder Delgado and 141 pounder Futrell being ranked the highest at No. 3 in the country. The squad will look to Caleb Ervin to add success at the 149 spot, as the redshirt-freshman has had early success this season, winning the Harris Open title a few weeks ago and finishing third at the Northern Iowa Open. Two Orange and Blue grapplers are in the ranks for the first time in their career, including 133 pounder Daryl Thomas (No. 8) and heavyweight Pat Walker (No. 14).
#5 Illini Head to Midlands
As usual, Midlands will feature a great deal of top teams and individuals. Using the Dec. 10 W.I.N. Magazine rankings, four of the top 10 and 10 of the top 25 teams in the country will be at Midlands.
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