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    Illinois Wrestling Fourth After Day One at Midlands
    Senior Gabe Flores celebrates his come-from-behind pin.

    Senior Gabe Flores celebrates his come-from-behind pin.

    Dec. 30, 2007

    Evanston, Ill. - After the first day of wrestling at the 45th Midlands Tournament, No. 18 Illinois sits in fourth place with 70.5 points. Four grapplers in Gabe Flores (125), Jimmy Kennedy (133), Mike Poeta (157) and John Dergo (174) made their way to tomorrow's semifinal round. Five Illini are still alive in wrestleback bracket.

    Senior #12 No. 6-seed Gabe Flores (Madera, Calif.) became the first semifinalist for Illinois after a spectacular pin of #5 No. 3-seed Charlie Falck (Iowa) in 4:27. Flores found himself in a 9-2 hole in the second period when he surprised the Hawkeye wrestler and got him on his back. Moments later, with the Illini fans screaming at the top of their lungs, the pin was recorded.

    Jimmy Kennedy (Ingleside, Ill.) followed Flores' lead and cruised into the semifinals with a 6-3 decision over seventh-seeded Eric Metzler (Norhwestern). The second-seeded and ninth-ranked Kennedy scored takedowns in the first and third periods while and limited Metzler to score only on escapes and a stalling call.

    At 157, top-ranked and seeded Mike Poeta (Highwood, Ill.) posted his second-straight major decision with a win over Purdue's Nick Bertucci, 13-5. The Midlands defending champion at 157 scored two takedowns in the first period, an escape and reversal in the second and a takedown and a three-point near-fall in the victory. The win marked the third-straight year that Poeta has made it to the tournament's semifinals.

    John Dergo (Morris, Ill.) became the fourth Illinois semifinalist after taking a decision from Mike Miller (C. Michigan), 5-3. The fifth-seeded Dergo took the lead in the match on a takedown in the first period. After Miller tied the score with a takedown of his own in the second, Dergo put the bout out of reach with an escape and another takedown in the third period.

    Ryan Prater (141), Grant Paswall (149), Roger Smith-Bergsrud (165), Ben Friedl (174) and John Wise (HWT) are still alive in the wrestleback bracket and will continue to contribute big points for Illinois if they keep advancing. Matt Lackey, who won three matches in-a-row, is also alive in the consolation bracket.

    Sunday's third session begins at noon at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.

    NOTE: The Big Ten Network will televise the finals of the 2007 Midlands Wrestling Championships. Live coverage begins at 7 p.m.

    TEAM STANDINGS
    1. Iowa St. - 90.5
    2. Iowa - 88.5
    3. Central Michigan - 80.0
    4. ILLINOIS - 70.5
    5. Indiana - 59.0
    

    MATCH-BY-MATCH RESULTS

    125: #12 No. 6-seed Gabe Flores 1st Round: Won by dec. Bobby Joyce (NU UN), 8-6 2nd Round: Won by maj. dec. T.J. Wunnicke (NIU), 10-2 Quarterfinals: Won by fall #5 No. 3-seed Charlie Falck (Iowa), 4:27 Up Next - Semifinals: #2 No. 2-seed Angel Escobedo (IU)

    125: John Deneen 1st Round: Won by maj. dec. Curtis Schurkamp (SFSU), 8-0 2nd Round: Lost by maj. dec. No.8-seed Ben VomBaur (Wyo.), 15-6 Wrestlebacks 3rd Round: Lost by fall to Caleb Flores (N. Iowa), 3:26 - Deneen eliminated

    133: #9 No. 2-seed Jimmy Kennedy 1st Round: Won by maj. dec. Zac Cunliffe, 9-0 2nd Round: Won by dec. Matt Maracher (American), 4-2 Quarterfinals: Won by dec. No. 7-seed Eric Metzler (NU), 6-3 Up Next - Semifinals: #5 No. 3-seed Joe Slanton (Iowa)

    141: No. 6-seed Ryan Prater 1st Round: Won by maj. dec. Micah Carter (MSU), 12-2 2nd Round: Won by dec. Ryan Cubberly (C. Mich.), 5-2 Quarterfinals: Lost by dec. #13 No. 3-seed Carter Downing (Wyo.), 13-11 Up Next - Wrestleback Semifinals: Nick Gallick (Iowa St.)

    149: Grant Paswall 1st Round: Won by inj. def. #2 No. 1-seed Ryan Lang (NU) 2nd Round: Won by dec. Nick Walpole (IU), 7-2 Quarterfinals: Lost by dec. #19 No. 8-seed Don Fisch (Rider), 7-3 Up Next - Wrestleback Semifinals: Marty Gould (NU)

    149: Joey Kotowski 1st Round: Lost by fall to Kurt Kinser (IU), Wrestleback 2nd Round: Won by dec. Jeff Kastel (Elmhurst), 8-1 Wrestleback 3rd Round: Won by dec. Kalen Knul (NIU), 9-2 Wrestleback 4th Round: Lost by dec. to Matt Cusick (VT), 5-2 - Kotowski eliminated 157: #1 No. 1-seed Mike Poeta 1st Round: Won by dec. Emmanuel Brooks (Mizzou), 8-3 2nd Round: Won by maj. dec. Jason Welch (UN), 21-7 Quarterfinals: Won by maj. dec. Nick Bertucci (Purdue), 13-5 Up Next - Semifinals: No. 4-seed Brian Cobb (RRWC)

    157: Clint Arlis 1st Round: Lost by maj. dec. to No. 2-seed Cyler Sanderson, 10-2 Wrestlebacks 2nd Round: Won by dec. Rob Morrison (Rider), 5-4 Wrestlebacks 3rd Round: Won by maj. dec. Brett Hakeman (Peacock WC), 10-2 Wrestlebacks 4th Round: Lost by maj. dec. to Seth Garvin (UT Chatt.), 10-2 - Arlis eliminated

    165: #11 No. 7-seed Roger Smith-Bergsrud Pigtail: Won by inj. def. Mike Combs (Triton) 1st Round: Won by dec. Steve Crozier (Air Force), 6-5 2nd Round: Won by dec. Andrew Sorenson (ISU), 5-2 Quarterfinals: Lost by fall to #2 No. 2-seed Mark Perry (Iowa), 2:39 Up Next - Wrestleback Semifinals: Jesse Linczmaier (NIU)

    165: Matt Lackey 1st Round: Lost by fall to Benjamin Hoover (UN), 5:25 Wrestleback 3rd Round: Won by dec. Ethan Headlee (Pitt), 7-2 Wrestleback 4th Round: Won by dec. #10 No. 6-seed Mike Cannon (American), 5-3 Wrestleback 5th Round: Won by dec. #5 No. 3-seed Moza Fay (NIU), 10-6 Up Next - Wrestleback Semifinals: Colby Covington (Ia Cent)

    174: #13 No 5-seed John Dergo 1st Round: Won by dec. Brock Whitmeyer (Mizzou), 5-0 2nd Round: Won by maj. dec. Nick Corpe (Purdue), 10-1 Quarterfinals: Won by dec. Mike Miller (CMU), 5-3 Up Next - #1 No. 1-seed Keith Gavin (Pitt)

    174: Ben Friedl 1st Round: Won by dec. Michael Kummer (Great Falls), 7-6 2nd Round: Lost by dec. No. 7-seed Josh Chelf (UW LaCrosse), 6-3 Wrestleback 4th Round: Won by dec. Chad Beatty (Iowa), 5-4 Wrestleback 5th Round: Won by dec. Brock Whitmeyer, 10-0 Up Next - Wrestleback Semifinals: #19 No. 8-seed Lloyd Rogers (UT Chatt.)

    184: Pat Brownson 1st Round: Lost by dec. Phil Keddy (Iowa), 9-3 Wrestleback 2nd Round: Won by dec. D.J. Bruce (VT), 7-1 Wrestleback 3rd Round: Lost by dec. to Dave Sullivan (Pitt), 2-1 - Brownson eliminated

    197: Jake Norman 1st Round: Lost by dec. Andy Moore (UW LaC), 6-1 Wrestleback 2nd Round: Lost by maj. dec. to Jon Oplinger (Drexel), 14-6 - Norman eliminated

    HWT: #11 No. 6-seed John Wise 1st Round: Won by tech. fall Dan Goodson (Peacock WC), 17-2 (2:58) 2nd Round: Won by dec. Dave Benner (NIU), 4-1 Quarterfinals: Lost by dec. No. 3-seed Bubba Gritter (CMU), 10-8 Up Next - Wrestleback Semifinals: Dom Bradley (Mizzou)

    HWT: Mike Shaub 1st Round: Won by dec. Tony Stegamen (Air Force), 6-5 2nd Round: Lost by maj. dec. #1 No. 1-seed Dustin Fox (NU), 10-1 Wrestlebacks 4th Round: Lost by dec. to Dan Goodson (Peacock WC), 2-0 - Shaub eliminated

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