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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.