No. 9 Illini strong arm No. 15 Purdue
Courtesy of Illinois Athletics
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The No. 9 Fighting Illini won six of 10 matches and scored bonus points in four, including pins by No. 15 Tony Dallago at 184 pounds and Pat Walker at heavyweight, to top No. 15 Purdue, 26-15, at Huff Hall on Sunday. It was Illinois’ 12th win in the last 13 duals against the Boilermakers. Illinois improved to 2-0 on the season, 1-0 in the Big Ten.
“Those two pins were huge for us today,” Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan. “Tony Dallago is really dangerous and Walker’s win was gigantic. We’ve been trying to get Pat to focus on going full speed all the time, and you saw today what can happen when he goes full speed.”
With the dual starting at 149 pounds, No. 13 Eric Terrazas got off to a fast start against Sam Patacsil, shooting shortly after the opening whistle and landing a takedown 12 seconds into the match. Terrazas dominated the first period, adding two more takedowns for a 6-2 lead and 2:12 of riding time after the first stanza. Patacsil started down and escaped quickly, but Terrazas added a takedown late in the second period and rode out Patacsil for an 8-3 lead. The pair started neutral in the third and Terrazas was awarded a stalling point. Terrazas finished the takedown and cut Patacsil loose, but the Boilermaker hit a cement mixer with 30 seconds left to avoid a major decision. Terrazas won 12-6 to put the Illini up 3-0.
At 157, Purdue’s No. 14 Colton Salazar hit a takedown on the edge early in the period but Kyle Dooley escaped. Salazar hooked him for a takedown and two near-fall points and cut him loose as the pair finished the period on their feet with Salazar leading 6-2. Salazar hit a takedown with 48 seconds left, then cut him loose and scored another takedown for the 10-4 lead after two periods. Salazar started down in the third and escaped quickly, then Dooley got a leg and wrestled through for a takedown after a lengthy scramble. Salazar rolled through for the reversal just before time expired as Salazar took the 14-6 major decision to put Purdue up 4-3.
Conrad Polz hit a quick double-leg against Kyle Mosier at 165 for an early 2-0 lead and added a takedown in each of the next two periods to win, 7-2. At 174, Purdue’s No. 14 Luke Manuel and No. 8 Jordan Blanton went scoreless in the first period before a Blanton escape eight seconds into the second scored a point. Manuel took a quick opening for a re-shot and takedown on the edge for a 2-1 lead after two periods. Manuel eventually earned the 3-1 win to put Purdue up 7-6.
Purdue’s No. 8 A.J. Kissel scored a takedown with 40 seconds left in the first and as he tried an arm bar on No. 15 Tony Dallago, Dallago flipped over him, locked in a headlock and pinned Kissel with one second left in the first period, giving the Illini a 12-7 lead. Purdue’s No. 9 Logan Brown scored a pair of takedowns against Joe Barczak at 197 for a 4-1 lead after the first period and made the score 7-2 after two. Brown went on to an 11-2 major decision to cut Illinois’ lead to 12-11.
After a scoreless first period at heavyweight, Pat Walker started down in the second and escaped for a 1-0 lead. Purdue’s Roger Vukobratovich started down in the third and escaped quickly to tie the match 1-1. Off a tie-up, Walker secured a bodylock, slammed Vukobratovich and pinned him in 5:33 for an 18-11 Illini lead.
At 125, Camden Eppert earned a 13-4 major decision, cutting Illinois’ lead to 18-15 and No. 5 B.J. Futrell scored early and often against Purdue’s Jake Fleckenstein at 133, notching a 14-4 major decision to lock up the team victory at 22-15. No. 3 Jimmy Kennedy added a 16-7 major decision to cap Illinois’ 26-15 victory.
149: #13 Eric Terrazas (ILL) dec. Sam Patacsil (PUR), 12-6 (3-0)
157: #14 Colton Salazar (PUR) maj. dec. Kyle Dooley (ILL), 14-6 (3-4)
165: Conrad Polz (ILL) dec. Kyle Mosier (PUR), 7-2 (6-4)
174: #14 Luke Manuel (PUR) dec. #8 Jordan Blanton (ILL), 3-1 (6-7)
184: #15 Tony Dallago (ILL) pinned #8 A.J. Kissel (PUR), 2:59 (12-7)
197: #9 Logan Brown (PUR) maj. dec. Joe Barczak (ILL), 11-2 (12-11)
HWT: Pat Walker (ILL) pinned Roger Vukobratovich (PUR), 5:33 (18-11)
125: Camden Eppert (PUR) maj. dec. Logan Arlis (ILL), 13-4 (18-15)
133: #5 B.J. Futrell (ILL) maj. dec. Jake Fleckenstein (PUR), 14-4 (22-15)
141: #3 Jimmy Kennedy (ILL) maj. dec. Akif Eren (PUR), 16-7 (26-15)