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, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.