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Illinois downs New Jersey to win Junior Duals



OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Illinois and New Jersey traditionally are two of the premier wrestling states in the country.

This past weekend, the two states continued to prove why.

Illinois captured the Junior Dual National Championships by winning 10 of 15 matches against New Jersey in posting a 39-21 freestyle victory in the final round on Sunday afternoon at the Freede Wellness Center.

Winning matches in the final dual for the Illinois team were B.J. Futrell (98), Ryan Jauch (105), Ellis Coleman (112), Tyler Clark (119), Jim Kennedy (130), Matt Cusick (140), Albert White (145), Eric Pretto (152), Mike Benefiel (171) and Scott Penny (189).

Ohio defeated Iowa 37-23 in the match for third place. The Ohio team won 11 of 15 bouts in the dual.

In the fifth-place match, Oklahoma 1 defeated California Silver 36-27. In the seventh-place match, Pennsylvania defeated Florida 48-20.
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