2012 Big Ten Championships Session 2 Quotes

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2012 Big Ten Championships

Session 2 Quotes

 

“You know he’s going to come out shooting a lot and you’ve got to be ready for it. I made improvements on getting my legs back from the last match, but I’m not even close to there yet.” -Matt McDonough (Iowa, 125) on semifinal defeat of Jesse Delgado (Illinois)

 

“He did a good job of stopping my top stuff, so it was a tough match. I’ve got a lot of areas to get better at.” -Logan Stieber (Ohio State, 133) after semifinal victory against Cashe Quiroga (Purdue)

 

“Overtime win, you know he’s a tough kid. He’s pretty good at hand fighting. I couldn’t get my shots set up right, I really didn’t take enough shots. If I would’ve gotten in on his legs a little bit, I could’ve created some more scrambles.” -Kellen Russell (Michigan, 141) after semifinal overtime victory against Nick Dardanes (Minnesota)

 

“I felt like my stamina was getting better as the match went on. The bonus points were huge, it was 11-0 in the third and there was no doubt in my mind I was getting that bonus point. If I had to cut him down four more times, I was going to do it because we saw what happened last year and what it came down to, it’s about making sacrifices.” -Frank Molinaro (Penn State, 149) after semifinal victory against Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue)

 

“It was a hard fought match, we’ve wrestled each other a few times now so we kind of know each other’s offense. It was fun, you know, because he likes to wrestle and he’s not going to back away the whole match. Getting a win was huge for me individually and for us as a team because it not only gives us more points, but keeps Iowa from scoring as well, which is huge.” -Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota, 184) after semifinal victory against Grant Gambrall (Iowa)

 

“It started off slow, I gave up a takedown. I’m good at creating flurries though, and I created a flurry. It felt great to get the pin to get into the championship because every match you want to go out and get the pin. I couldn’t feel better about myself right now.” -Mario Gonzalez (Illinois, 197) after semifinal pin against AJ Kissel (Purdue)

 

“I just wanted to get out and score early because I knew he had a pretty good offense. He’s a lighter heavyweight and I’ve never wrestled him before. I think we’ve got five guys in the finals now, which is a good number. We need those guys in the wrestle backs to keep it going and hopefully get some third place finishes.” -Tony Nelson (Minnesota, 285) after semifinal victory against Mike McMullan (Northwestern)

 

“It was good. I wrestled to my ability. I did things I’m good at and I stayed out of his stuff. It’s not over yet. It feels good to put points up there for the team and stuff. I just have another match and this was a stepping stone.”-Zach Sanders (Minnesota, 125) on and early head start in the semi-finals match in order to defeat Nico Megaludis (Penn State)

 

“He was playing the edges the whole time and everyone saw it, the ref knew it and he didn’t want to call it. I just have to finish those, and there is still room for improvement.” -Tony Ramos (Iowa, 133) defeated B.J. Futrell (Illinois)

 

“I didn’t really like it. My pace could have been a lot higher, but basically I have to make him wrestle. He doesn’t like to wrestle, and I have to make him wrestle. That’s what I am disappointed about because I should have got to him earlier. I need to get better ties on him and control him and in the end I put more pressure on him.” -Montell Marion (Iowa, 141) was victorious after overtime against Hunter Stieber (Ohio State)

 

“I just needed to believe in myself and believe in the Lord. It made me and helped me get through that loss earlier and teach me some things and come out and win the bigger match. I was down by a couple points, and I used his momentum and held him on his back for a little bit.” -Dylan Ness (Minnesota, 149) was behind early in the match and then became neck-in-neck with Eric Grajales (Michigan)

 

“It was pretty awesome for me here being a true freshman and my first time at the Big Ten Championships, and coming back with that to get the reverse element and get that overtime was awesome.” -Logan Storley (Minnesota, 174) defeated Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa)

 

“It’s great. It’s just another step that I want to do. It’s been a great training cycle the past couple of weeks. I have to see my offense and my ties and not let him control the tie. I had to focus on getting my attacks off and getting those pushes.”  -Josh Ihnen (Nebraska, 184) took the lead late in the first period and finished strong with a victory over Quentin Wright (Penn State)

 

“It was nuts. It was an emotional rollercoaster for sure. I just kept telling myself to stay calm and keep shooting because that’s all you can do.” -Matt Powless (Indiana, 197) was tied with Morgan McIntosh (Penn State)