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Illinois edges Virginia Tech for 50th Midlands title by 2 points

EVANSTON, Ill. – In the 50th edition of the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, Illinois won a hotly contested team title by two points over Virginia Tech at Northwestern University on Dec. 29.

Illinois had no individual champions, but had five placewin- ners.

Leading the Illini were runners-up Jesse Delgado at 125 pounds and B.J. Futrell at 141 pounds. Virginia Tech had a pair of individual champions, Jarrod Garnett at 125 pounds and Nick Brascetta at 149 pounds. Garnett, seeded second, stopped Delgado in the finals, 5-1 in sudden victory. Brascetta, the No. 4 seed, stopped No 2 seed Donnie Vinson of Binghamton, 3-1 in the finals. Brascetta received the Art Kraft Champion of Champions


Oklahoma placed third, led by individual champions Kendric Maple at 141 pounds and Bubby Graham at 165 pounds. Maple, the top seed, stopped Futrell in the finals, 5-1. Graham, the third seed, scored a forfeit win in the finals over Bekzod Abdurakhmanov of the Golden Eagle WC.

Oregon State placed fourth and Central Michigan was fifth, with both teams bringing home an individual champion. Winning the heavyweight title was No. 4 seed Chad Hanke of Oregon State, beating No. 3 Zac Thomusseit of Pittsburgh, 3-2. The Central Michigan champion was No. 2 seed Ben Bennett, who beat top seeded Robert Hamlin of Lehigh in the finals, 2-1 at 184 pounds.

Bennett received the Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Host Northwestern had an individual champion with top seed Jason Welch at 157 pounds, who defeated No. 3 seed Joey Napoli of Lehigh, 4-0.

Other individual champions were unattached Stanford star Ryan Mango at 133 pounds, Robert Kokesh of Nebraska at 174 pounds and Dustin Kilgore of Kent State at 197 pounds. Mango beat past NCAA runner-up Daniel Dennis 8-7 in the

finals. bout.

Kokesh downed Lehigh’s Nate Brown 5-2 in the final-round

Kilgore, a 2011 NCAA champion, earned a 4-2 win over Pitt’s Matt Wilps in the finals.

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