CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – No. 14 Patrick Bond scored a 9-4 upset over No. 10 Sonny Yohn at 197 pounds and second-ranked John Dergo demolished Kaleb Young at 184 in an 18-6 major decision, but the No. 21 Fighting Illini dropped six consecutive bouts earlier in the match as No. 5 Minnesota took a 27-13 victory in front of a season-high 1,278 fans at Huff Hall. It was Bond's fourth win over a ranked opponent this season and third over an opponent ranked higher than him. ""We were a little flat in the first five matches but in the second five, we wrestled with a ton more energy,"" Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan said. ""Dergo and Bond both wrestled with a good spark and intensity. We needed to get a spark in the first five matches to get something going and get the crowd into it, but we weren't able to."" The night started with John Deneen accepting a forfeit at 125 because No. 6 Zach Sanders was injured at Purdue on Jan. 31. But the Gophers got the six points back when No. 1 Jayson Ness took down Daryl Thomas 26 seconds into the match and put him on his back quickly, earning the fall at 1:44 and tying the match, 6-6. At 141, No. 6 Mike Thorn got the first takedown against No. 14 Ryan Prater and turned Prater twice for a total of five near-fall points and a 7-0 lead after the first period. Prater chose top position in the second but gave up a reversal before escaping late in the period. After a scoreless third period, Thorn tacked on a riding time point for a 10-1 major decision. No. 19 Eric Terrazas and No. 18 Mario Mason battled to a scoreless tie after three minutes, then Terrazas started down in the second and escaped quickly. But Mason notched a takedown with three seconds left in the period to go up 2-1. Mason started down in the third and escaped after 54 seconds before holding off Terrazas' late offensive attempts for a 3-1 Gopher win. In the final match before intermission, Clint Arlis battled hard against No. 2 Dustin Schlatter, trailing only 4-1 after one period. Schlatter started down in the second and got a takedown before riding out Arlis for a 7-1 margin after five minutes. Arlis started down and escaped in the third but surrendered a stalling point and Schlatter was able to finish a takedown with three seconds left in the bout to seal the major decision by an 11-2 margin, putting Minnesota up 17-6 at intermission. Conrad Polz came out with much more fire in the first bout after the break but Cody Yohn was able to hold him off and scored the 9-1 major decision, with the turning point coming in the second period when Polz gave up three near-fall points. No. 14 Jordan Blanton was the aggressor against No. 8 Scott Glasser at 174, but Glasser got the first takedown, taking a 2-1 lead after a period. Glasser started down in the second and escaped as the only scoring in the second period, then Blanton did the same in the third to cut his lead to 3-2. Blanton had a number of good late shots but Glasser held him off just long enough for the 3-2 win, pushing Minnesota's lead to 24-6. Dergo pushed the pace early against Kaleb Young, going up 6-2 after a period. He added two more takedowns and an escape in the second to go up 11-3 before tacking on three more takedowns and a riding-time point for an 18-6 major decision, extending his winning streak to 14. Bond also was extremely aggressive, scoring a takedown with 1:25 left in the first to take a 2-1 lead after three minutes. No. 10 Sonny Yohn was warned for stalling with 1:20 left in the second period and hit with a stalling point 37 seconds later. Yohn then gave up another point for locking his hands and Bond escaped after starting the period in the down position. He finished the period with a takedown at the horn, using his five-point period to go up 7-1. Yohn started down in the third and escaped but Bond got a takedown with 48 seconds left to seal the win. He gave up a point for stalling and Yohn escaped with a second left to give Bond the 9-4 win. Marty Smith put up a good fight against Ben Berhow at heavyweight but had a hard time hanging with the much bigger Berhow. The Gopher took a 4-1 lead after a period and 6-2 after the second. Berhow started down in the third and escaped, then tacked on a takedown and a riding-time point for the 10-3 win, making the final team score 27-13. #5 Minnesota 27, #21 Illinois 13 125: John Deneen (ILL) wins by forfeit (6-0) 133: #1 Jayson Ness (MINN) pinned Daryl Thomas (ILL), 1:44 (6-6) 141: #6 Mike Thorn (MINN) maj. dec. #14 Ryan Prater (ILL), 10-1 (6-10) 149: #18 Mario Mason (MINN) dec. #19 Eric Terrazas (ILL), 3-1 (6-13) 157: #2 Dustin Schlatter (MINN) maj. dec. Clint Arlis (ILL), 11-2 (6-17) 165: Cody Yohn (MINN) maj. dec. Conrad Polz (ILL), 9-1 (6-21) 174: #8 Scott Glasser (MINN) dec. #14 Jordan Blanton (ILL), 3-2 (6-24) 184: #2 John Dergo (ILL) maj. dec. Kaleb Young (MINN), 18-6 (10-24) 197: #14 Patrick Bond (ILL) dec. #10 Sonny Yohn (MINN), 9-4 (13-24) HWT: Ben Berhow (MINN) dec. Marty Smith (ILL), 10-3 (13-27)Digg | Del.icio.us | Reddit | Newsvine | Email | Print



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