The University of Illinois won the team title at the 50th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern University on Sunday evening, despite having two finalists who failed to win individual titles.
The Fighting Illini claimed the Midlands crown with 99.5 points, just two more than Virginia Tech, which had two individual champions: Jarrod Garnett at 125 pounds, and Nick Brascetta at 149.
The University of Oklahoma came in third in the team title race, with 85 points. Two Sooners – 141-pounder Kendric Maple, and Bubby Graham at 165 — left Evanston, Ill. with Midlands crowns.
Other schools could claim individual champions at the 2012 Midlands. Jason Welch of host school Northwestern won the 157-pound title, while Nebraska’s Robert Kokesh was crowned 174-pound champ. Central Michigan’s Ben Bennett not only won the 184-pound title; he also was named Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler of the event. Kent State’s Dustin Kilgore claimed the title at 197, while Chad Hanke won the heavyweight bracket for Oregon State. In addition, Stanford senior Ryan Mango, wrestling unattached, was the champ at 133.
- 125: No. 2 Midlands seed Jarrod Garnett (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 4 Jesse Delgado (Illinois), 5-1, SV
- 133: No. 5 Ryan Mango (Stanford – Unattached) dec. No. 2 Daniel Dennis (Hawkeye WC – Unattached), 8-7
- 141: No. 1 Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) dec. No. 3 B.J. Futrell (Illinois), 5-1
- 149: No. 4 Nick Brascetta (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 2 Donnie Vinson (Binghamton), 3-1
- 157: No. 1 Jason Welch (Northwestern) dec. No. 3 Joey Napoli (Lehigh), 4-0
- 165: No. 3 Bubby Graham (Oklahoma) by inj. def. over No. 1 Bekzod Abdurakhmanov (Clarion WC)
- 174: No. 2 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) dec. No. 9 Nathan Brown (Lehigh), 8-4
- 184: No. 2 Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) dec. No. 1 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh), 2-1
- 197: No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) dec. No. 2 Matt Wilps (Pittsburgh), 4-2
Hwt – No. 4 Chad Hanke (Oregon State) dec. No. 2 Zach Thomusseit (Pittsburgh), 3-2
- Dan Gable Most Outstanding Wrestler: Ben Bennett, Central Michigan, 184
- Art Kraft Champion of Champions: Nick Brascetta, Virginia Tech, 149
- Gorriaran Memorial (most pins in the least time): Kevin Beasley, Old Dominion, scoring three falls in 7:00
- Fastest Fall Award: Michael Mangrum, Oregon State, 0:24
- Individual High Point Trophy: Robert Kokesh, Nebraska, 28.5 points
Final Team Standings — Top Ten
- Illinois: 99.5 team points
- Virginia Tech: 97.5
- Oklahoma: 85
- Oregon State: 81.5
- Central Michigan: 76.5
- Lehigh: 74
- Northwestern: 67
- Michigan: 65.5
- North Dakota State: 57
- Pittsburgh: 56.5
Want to see the brackets? Click here to see PDF files of 2012 Midlands.
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