DES MOINES, Iowa -- Illinois sophomore Jesse Delgado won the 125-pound NCAA wrestling title on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Delgado captured the championship after a 7-4 win over Penn State's Nico Megaludis.
Delgado is Illinois' first national wrestling champion since Moline's Matt Lackey won 10 years ago. Illinois, which finished ninth with 45.5 points, never had a 125-pound champion before Saturday. The Fighting Illini had Conrad Polz (165 pounds) and Jordan Blanton (174) snag All-America honors.
Derek St. John became Iowa's 52nd national champion after a 3-2 win over Northwestern's Jason Welch in the 157-pound title. St. John's title helped the Hawkeyes (73 points) to a fourth-place finish.
Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), Mike Evans (174) and Ethen Lofthouse (184) each earned All-America honors.
Penn State had two national champions, helping it to a third consecutive team title. The Nittany Lions tallied 123.5 points, outlasting Oklahoma State by four. Penn State's titles were won by Ed Ruth (184) and Quentin Wright (197).
Also winning titles were Ohio State's Logan Stieber (133), Oklahoma's Kendrick Maple (141), Cornell's Kyle Dake (165) and Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285). Oklahoma State received titles from Jordan Oliver (149) and Chris Perry (174).
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.