#1 Oklahoma State Too Much for #8 Illinois
Delgado is lone Illini to win match against Cowboys
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Illinois wrestling team was defeated by top-seeded Oklahoma State, 33-3 in the first round of the NWCA National Duals Championships. No. 3 Jesse Delgado was the lone Illini to win their match as he improved to 18-3 on the season.
"We gave away too many matches by not hustling and not making good decisions," head coach Jim Heffernan said. "We lost five matches that were very winnable, and against a great team, you are going to have a hard time winning."
The match started at 125 pounds with No. 3 Jesse Delgado taking on Eddie Kilmara. The Cowboy got on the board first with a takedown and Delgado escaped to make the score 2-1 after the first period. Delgado fought for the escape midway through the second to tie up the match with two. Kilmara escaped to push the score to 3-2 before Delgado scored the winning takedown to win the match 4-3.
At 133, Daryl Thomas dropped a 12-1 major decision to No. 6 Jon Morrison to give the Cowboys a 4-3 lead in the team score. Next, Steven Rodrigues was defeated by Julian Feikert 4-2 at 141 pounds while Ervin was pinned by No. 1 Jordan Oliver in 58 seconds to bring the Cowboys lead to 13-3 over the Illini.
Next, at 157, Matt Nora was defeated by No. 10 Alex Dieringer by a 14-5 major decision while at 165, No. 8 Conrad Polz and No. 3 Tyler Caldwell fought hard throughout the entire seven minutes. However Caldwell scored the only points with an escape and riding time to take the 2-0 victory over Polz. At 174, No. 8 Jordan Blanton wrestled No. 2 Chris Perry. The two were scoreless after the first period while they both exchanged escapes to tie the score 1-1. The riding time point was the winning factor as Perry edged Blanton 2-1 to give the Cowboys the 23-3 lead with three matches remaining.
Next, No. 18 Tony Dallago was defeated by No. 12 Chris Chionuma by a 7-5 decision while one of the best matches came next at 197. Mario Gonzalez took on No. 11 Blake Rosholt and was tied 2-2 after seven minutes. In overtime, Gonzalez scored a quick escape but Rosholt countered with a takedown and a reversal in the second 30 second period to take the win, 6-3. The Illini dropped the match at heavyweight as No. 3 Alan Gelogaev defeated Chris Lopez by a 17-5 major decision to make the final score 33-3.
The Illini squad will have a week off before hosting the Big Ten Championships at the Assembly Hall on March 9-10.
#1 Oklahoma State 33 #8 Illinois 3
125: #3 Jesse Delgado (ILL) dec. Eddie Klimara (OKST), 4-3 (3-0)
133: #6 Jon Morrison (OKST) major dec. #10 Daryl Thomas (ILL), 12-1 (3-4)
141: Julian Feikert (OKST) dec. Steven Rodrigues (ILL), 4-2 (3-7)
149: #1 Jordan Oliver (OKST) pinned #19 Caleb Ervin (ILL), 0:58 (3-13)
157: #10 Alex Dieringer (OKST) major dec. Matt Nora (ILL), 14-5 (3-17)
165: #3 Tyler Caldwell (OKST) dec. #7 Conrad Polz (ILL), 2-0 (3-20)
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OKST) dec. #8 Jordan Blanton (ILL), 2-1 (3-23)
184: #12 Chris Chionuma (OKST) dec. #16 Tony Dallago (ILL), 7-5 (3-26)
197: #11 Blake Rosholt (OKST) dec. #13 Mario Gonzalez (ILL), 6-3 SV1 (3-29)
HWT: #3 Alan Gelogaev (OKST) major dec. Chris Lopez (ILL), 17-5 (3-33)