Illinois' Blanton and Wisconsin's Herbst Earn Co-Wrestler Weekly Laurels
Nov. 18, 2008
Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week
Blanton’s has record-setting college debut
Illinois’ Jordan Blanton captures his first Big Ten weekly accolade after a stunning collegiate debut at the ACC/Big Ten Clash, Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The true freshman from Richmond, Ill., tallied the most bonus points by any wrestler at the tournament, pinning two opponents and earning an injury default by the third to rack up nine bonus points. Dominating the competition at 184 pounds, Blanton pinned Hank Penree from N.C. State in 6:51 and Joe DeGaravilla of No. 21 Virginia in 3:35. He then earned an injury default over North Carolina’s Robert McCarthy after leading by a commanding margin to finish his first weekend of collegiate competition, 3-0. Blanton’s performance aided No. 9 Illinois to three convincing wins at the tournament as the Illini went on the defeat Virginia, 39-7, North Carolina State, 40-7, and North Carolina, 26-9.
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