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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.