Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Two Wrestling for NCAA National Titles Tonight

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Two Wrestling for NCAA National Titles Tonight

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Illinois junior Jesse Delgado and Missouri freshman J'Den Cox will each wrestle for a national championship tonight at the NCAA championships in Oklahoma City.

The top-seeded Delgado, the 125-pound defending champion, improved to 29-2, posting a 9-6 decision over Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa in the semifinals Friday night. Earlier in the day, Delgado outpointed Cory Clark of Iowa 10-5 in the quarterfinals.

Delgado will face Nahshon Garrett (34-1) of Cornell for the title.

Cox (37-2) squares off against top-seeded Nick Heflin (28-1) of Ohio State at 197 for the championship. Cox has a chance to become Mizzou's first freshman champion. Cox stoppoed Chris Penny of Virginia Tech 4-1 in the semis. He beat Conner Hartmann of Duke 5-1 in the quarters.

Local product and Mizzou wrestler Drake Houdashelt of Fort Zumwalt West lost a tiebreaker in the semis to Jason Tsirtsis of Northwestern when Tsirtsis came up with an escape in the finals seconds of the match.

Houdashelt will wrestle for third or fifth place today.

In the team standings, three-time defending champion Penn State (91 points) holds the slimmest of leads over Minnesota (90 1/2) with Oklahoma State (87 1/2) in third.

Illinois (37) is 10th and Missouri (35 1/2) is one of four teams tied for 11th. (Joe Lyons)

Around spring training * Philadelphia Phillies reserve infielder Freddy Galvis has been diagnosed with an infection caused by MRSA, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Galvis, 24, sustained a cut on his left knee during an exhibition game and last played March 16. An abscess was removed from the wound Wednesday, and complications arose when an infection was detected.

He was hospitalized Thursday and treated with oral and intravenous antibiotics. ... The Detroit Tigers acquired shortstop Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels for lefthander Jose Alvarez on Thursday. Romine, 28, played in 47 games for the Angels last season and batted .259.

Alvarez, 25, pitched in 14 games for the Tigers in 2013, making six starts. …

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