Here is a review of MAC wrestlers following the first round of the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Following first day action, 29 of the 40 MAC wrestlers have advanced in the NCAA Wrestling Championship.
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John-Martin Cannon advances in the 174 weight class
DES MOINES, IA - The Buffalo wrestling team's four national qualifiers finished up their first day of the NCAA tournament, held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. John-Martin Cannon recorded the team's lone win of the day, as Max Soria, Blake Roulo, and Mark Lewandowski all lost twice in the double-elimination tournament.
Cannon opened his tournament with a slight upset of 12-seed Mathew Miller of Navy 5-4. After earning an early lead, Cannon found himself tied up a 4-4 late in the third. While he owned riding time advantage, Cannon needed to ride out Miller to avoid overtime. He did just that, and advance to the second round. There he matched up with fifth seed Josh Asper of Maryland, where he lost 8-3. He will now face Bryce Hammond of Cal. State-Bakersfield in the next round of consolations. Hammond lost to sixth seed Logan Storley of Minnesota in the opening round, but beat 11-seeded Blake Stauffer 4-0 in the first consolation round.
Soria lost to Penn's Mark Rappo 13-4 in the preliminary round of the tournament, and then lost to Oklahoma State's Edward Klimara 8-1 in the next round to end his tournament. Soria finishes the season with a 26-15 overall record.
Roulo drew seventh-seeded Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State in the first round, and lost 13-5. He then lost 4-1 to Josh Roosa of Bloomsburg 4-1. The sophomore ends his first national tournament, and closes the season with a 24-15 record.
Despite working for a top-12 RPI and strength of schedule during the season, and a consensus national ranking well within the top 15, Lewandowski was saddled with the team's toughest draw of the tournament. He faced third seed Peter Yates of Virginia Tech in the first round, and came just short of one of the biggest upsets of the day, losing 5-3. In the consolation round, he drew Austin Wilson of Nebraska and was pinned just over two minutes into the match.
Lewandowski finishes his illustrious career at UB with a career record of 111-42. He ranks fifth in career overall wins, and sixth in dual wins. In individual statistics, he is in the top 20 in career escapes, tenth in two-point near falls, and seventh in three-point near falls.
Cannon will be back in action tomorrow morning.
125 - Max Soria (26-15)
Prelim - Mark Rappo (Pennsylvania) 23-7 won by major decision over Max Soria (Buffalo) 26-15 (MD 13-4)
Prelim - Edward Klimara (Oklahoma St.) 26-15 won by decision over Max Soria (Buffalo) 26-15 (Dec 8-1)
149 - Blake Roulo (24-15)
Champ. Round 1 - Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon St.) 26-6 won by major decision over Blake Roulo (Buffalo) 24-15 (MD 13-5)
Cons. Round 1 - Josh Roosa (Bloomsburg) 23-6 won by decision over Blake Roulo (Buffalo) 24-15 (Dec 4-1)
165 - Mark Lewandowski (30-9)
Champ. Round 1 - Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) 32-1 won by decision over Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) 30-9 (Dec 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Austin Wilson (Nebraska) 26-13 won by fall over Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) 30-9 (Fall 2:01)
174 - John-Martin Cannon (12-9)
Champ. Round 1 - John-Martin Cannon (Buffalo) 12-9 won by decision over Mathew Miller (Navy) 23-6 (Dec 5-4)
Champ. Round 2 - Josh Asper (Maryland) 21-1 won by decision over John-Martin Cannon (Buffalo) 12-9 (Dec 8-3)
Four Chippewas Win First-Round Matches at NCAA Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa — Four Central Michigan wrestlers earned first-round victories during the first session of the NCAA Championships Thursday afternoon. Four of the Chippewas’ five seniors – Christian Cullinan, Scotti Sentes, Ben Bennett and Jarod Trice – earned victories to advance to the second round which will begin Thursday evening at 7:30 Eastern Time.
As a team, the Maroon and Gold are currently tied for 16th with five team points. Penn State leads the tournament with 14.5 points.
Cullinan earned the first victory of the day for the Chippewas, breaking a scoreless match versus Joe DeAngelo in the second period with a pair of escapes and a takedown. The wrestlers started the third period neutral and Cullinan was able to take down DeAngelo and build 1:39 riding time for a 7-2 decision.
Tenth-seeded Sentes followed with a dominating 13-2 major decision over Rider’s Jimmy Morris, jumping out to a quick lead in the first period. Sentes earned a takedown and nearly pinned Morris for a three-point nearfall before earning another takedown just before the end of the period for a 7-1advantage. The two-time All-American had two more takedowns in the match and ended with 1:51 of riding time to advance.
Bennett, seeded No. 2 in the tournament at 184 pounds, began his quest for a fourth All-America honor by defeating Tony Dallago of Illinois by decision, 7-3. Bennett was unable to create any separation from Dallago in the first two periods as the wrestlers entered the final frame tied, 2-2. The Rockford, Mich., native started down and after an escape was able to record a takedown and push his riding time over a minute for the 7-3 final.
Trice, also seeded in the tournament at No. 10 in the heavyweight division, capped the first session and pushed four Chippewas to the second round of the championship bracket with a 2-0 decision over Navy’s Daniel Miller. The match was scoreless through two periods, but Trice was able to ride out Miller for the entirety of the second period and earned an escape just 14 seconds into the third period.
The Chippewas four additional wrestlers in the tournament all suffered losses in their first matches and will look to work their way back through wrestlebacks starting this evening.
Senior Donnie Corby and sophomore Mike Ottinger both lost in overtime matches as Corby fell 3-1 to Dan Osterman in sudden victory and Ottinger dropped a pigtail match to Ryan LeBlanc (Indiana) in the first tiebreaker, 5-3.
Redshirt freshman Lucas Smith and junior Craig Kelliher, both making their first NCAA Tournament appearances, fell to ranked opponents in the first round. Smith dropped a 8-0 major decision to No. 7 Jesse Dong (Va. Tech) and Kelliher fell to third-seeded Michael Evans (Iowa) by a slim decision of 2-0.
Session II will begin this evening with wrestleback pig tail matches, which feature both Ottinger and Corby. The championship second round will then take place followed by the first round of wrestlebacks.
125 pounds – Christian Cullinan
First Round: W, decision Joe DeAngelo (N.C. State), 7-2 Second Round: vs. No. 4 Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State)
133 pounds – No. 10 Scotti Sentes
First Round: W, major decision Jimmy Morris (Rider), 13-2 Second Round: vs. No. 7 Jonathon Morrison (Okla. State)
149 pounds – Donnie Corby
First Round: L, decision Dan Osterman (Michigan State), 3-1 SV Consolation preliminary: vs. Ian Paddock (Ohio State)
157 pounds – Lucas Smith
First Round: L, major decision, No. 7 Jesse Dong (Va. Tech), 8-0 Consolation First Round: vs. No. 10 Roger Pena (Oregon State)
165 pounds – Mike Ottinger
Preliminary round: L, decision Ryan LeBlanc (Indiana), TB1 5-3 Consolation preliminary: vs. Austin Wilson (Nebraska)
174 pounds – Craig Kelliher
First Round: L, decision No. 3 Michael Evans (Iowa), 2-0 Consolation First Round: vs. Leroy Munster (Northwestern)
184 pounds – No. 2 Ben Bennett
First Round: W, decision Tony Dallago (Illinois), 7-3 Second Round: vs. Alex Utley (UNC)
Heavyweight – No. 10 Jarod Trice
First Round: W, decision Daniel Miller (Navy), 2-0 Second Round: vs. No. 7 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin)
Joseph and Whitenburg Compete at Day One of NCAA Championships
Both wrestlers win opening-round bouts, lose second
DES MOINES, Iowa (EMUEagles.com) – Eastern Michigan University's two representatives at the 83rd NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Phillip Joseph and Nick Whitenburg, each went 1-1 with first-round victories at Wells Fargo Arena Thursday, March 21. Both wrestlers advance to Session III which begins Friday morning, March 22, at 10 a.m.
At 174 lbs., Joseph overcame a 4-3 deficit with an escape and a takedown in the third period to notch a 7-5 victory over Northwestern University's Leroy Munster. In the second round, the redshirt junior lost an 11-3 major decision to No. 3 Michael Evans from the University of Iowa. Joseph, who is competing in his second-consecutive NCAA tournament, has now won matches in both the championship and consolation brackets.
Whitenburg's national tournament debut against Alex Polizzi from Northwestern ended in a 6-2 victory. The redshirt junior 197-pounder led the entire match and scored points with a pair of takedowns and a reversal. Defensively, Whitenburg surrendered only two escapes en route to the win. A 19-4 technical fall setback to No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez from the University of Wyoming placed Whitenburg into the consolation bracket.
On Friday, Joseph will open up against Ian Korb from the University of Pennsylvania, while Whitenburg will take on Virginia Tech's Derrick Borlie. Both wrestlers can still place as high as third in the double-elimination tournament. A top-eight finish by either student-athlete would give EMU its first All-American since Mike Feeney in 1997.
In team scoring, the Eagles are tied for 35th place with four points. Penn State has 32.5 points to lead second-place Oklahoma State (25), while Minnesota is third with 24 points.
EMU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Phillip Joseph (EMU) dec. Leroy Munster (NU), 7-5
No. 3 Michael Evans (Iowa) maj. dec. Phillip Joseph (EMU), 11-3
Nick Whitenburg (EMU) dec. Alex Polizzi (NU), 6-2
No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyo.) tech fall Nick Whitenburg (EMU), 19-4 (7:00)
DES MOINES- Senior Dustin Kilgore is now three wins away from completing a perfect season following a pair of major decision victories Thursday in the opening day of the NCAA Championships at Wells Fargo Arena. Senior Stevie Mitcheff (Lorain, Ohio), freshman Mack McGuire (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) also picked up victories in their first NCAA appearance.
Kilgore (41-0) defeated Iowa's Nathan Burak in the opening round and Ohio’s Phillip Wellington in the round of 16 by the same score of 10-2. In each match, Kilgore recorded two takedowns in the opening period, one in the second and one in the third. Although he couldn’t turn his opponents onto their backs, he racked up plenty of riding time in both bouts.
In Friday's quarterfinal, Kilgore will take on Penn's Micah Burak, the last wrestler to defeat Kilgore in an NCAA match. Burak outlasted Kilgore at the Southern Scuffle in December of 2010. Micah is the older brother of Nathan, whom Kilgore defeated in the opening round. It was the third different Iowa opponent Kilgore has defeated at the NCAA Championships. His NCAA-leading 41 wins now includes 33 bonus-point victories.
Mitcheff joined Kilgore with a first round victory, a 6-2 decision over Oklahoma State’s Ed Klimara. Mitcheff scored a takedown in the opening minute. The match was tied 2-2 heading into the third period, before a quick Mitcheff escape. A double-leg takedown in the final 30 seconds and riding time secured the win.
In the second round, Mitcheff was stuck with facing two-time NCAA champion Matt McDonough of Iowa and fell 5-1. Mitcheff got in deep on two different shots but could not finish takedowns. He also gave up a point for pulling on McDonough's headgear. Mitcheff's first match on Friday will be against North Carolina State's Joe DeAngelo.
McGuire dropped his opening bout against No. 7 seed Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State) 8-0. The Flashes’ true freshman bounced back with an 8-5 decision over Jimmy Morris (Rider) in the consolation bracket. All three takedowns belonged to McGuire, whose only slip-up was a reversal in the first period. He will take on No. 9 seed Levi Wolfensperger (Northern Iowa) Friday.
Sophomore Caleb Marsh (Marysville, Ohio) came up short against a pair of Top 10 opponents. He fell to No. 7 seed Conrad Polz of Illinois 8-4 and was pinned in the third period by No. 10 Nick Moore of Iowa. Marsh only trailed 3-2 starting the third from the bottom position, before Moore caught him on his back.
Redshirt freshman Sam Wheeler (Copley, Ohio) dropped a 9-3 decision to No. 5 seed Josh Asper of Maryland. In the evening session, Wheeler's late takedown was not enough in a 10-6 loss to Virginia Tech's Austin Gabel.
Senior Casey Newburg (Union, Ohio) came up short against No. 3 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh 7-3 in his opener. In the consolation bracket, Ohio State's Cody Magrum converted a pivotal takedown to top Newburg 3-1.
Friday’s action begins at 11 a.m. Eastern.
NCAA Quarterfinals to Feature Four Tiger Wrestlers
The Tiger Style 10 is still completely intact after two sessions of wrestling in Des Moines.
DES MOINES, Iowa - After one full day of Championship wrestling at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, all 10 Tigers remain alive in this year's field. Friday morning's Quarterfinals will feature four Missouri Tigers, with the rest down to their last life in the wrestleback bracket of their individual weight classes. The Tigers finish the first day of the 2013 NCAA Championships in sixth place with 14.5 points. Defending champion Penn State leads the tournament with 32.5.
Missouri is one of three programs with all 10 grapplers still competing after the first day. Minnesota and Oklahoma State also have all 10 remaining, with seven of Oklahoma's 10 still in the championship bracket. The first-place Nittany Lions have nine still alive, with six advancing to the quarterfinals.
No. 1 Alan Waters, No. 6 Nathan McCormick, Drake Houdashelt, and No. 1 Dom Bradley each won both of their matches Thursday and have advanced to the Quarterfinal round. Waters and Bradley protected their top-spots in the 125 and HWT brackets, while Houdashelt gained some respect after stunning No. 11 Andrew Alton of Penn State and No. 6 Dylan Ness of Minnesota. These four grapplers are the same four that claimed individual MAC titles back on March 10 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Last season in St. Louis, Brent Haynes was the only Tiger to remain undefeated after day one and solidify a spot in the quarters.
In the second round at 149 pounds, Ness capitalized first and held a quick 2-0 lead over Houdashelt. The match started to pick up a little intensity when the Tiger-sophomore had Ness in a tight cradle. Houdashelt shifted Ness onto his back for a brief second, but the officials didn't reward points. With 12 ticks remaining in the third, Houdashelt secured a takedown and the victory. He added a ride time point a 1:07 advantage, and secured his spot in tomorrow's quarterfinal round against Kevin Tao of American University.
Minnesota's Ness was last year's runner up at 149 pounds.
At 125 pounds, No. 1 Alan Waters defeated Sean Boyle of Michigan to advance to the All-American round. Boyle kept it scoreless through two periods, but a reversal at 1:11 in the third period gave Waters a lead. Waters took the contest 4-2 and will now face Virginia's No. 8 Matthew Snyder tomorrow. Should he win his matchup versus Snyder Friday morning, it will be his 100th career-win as a Tiger in just his third season as a starter. Senior Brent Haynes (113) and redshirt senior Dom Bradley (103) have also reached that milestone this season. Waters fell just short of becoming an All-American last season after losing to Jesse Delgado of Illinois, 5-2.
The sixth-seeded McCormick faces a tough matchup at 133 pounds Friday morning against Wisconsin's No. 3 Tyler Graff after his two wins. Mizzou's senior captain came out in Thursday's night session and gave Mizzou a rare win with bonus points. McCormick defeated Dane Harlowe of Boston University 11-1 after posting seven points in the first three minutes. McCormick kicked off the day with a 3-0 decision over Erik Spjut of Virginia Tech.
No. 1 Dom Bradley rounds out the group of four Tigers to make the quarterfinal round. Bradley took care of business against Matthew Gibson of Iowa State. Bradley held a 2-1 lead over Gibson and then added an escape and a ride time point to advance through the bracket. The redshirt senior is eyeing his second All-American honor after taking third in 2011.
The tournament resumes Friday morning at 10 a.m. CT with the Quarterfinals on Mats 3-8 and the wrestlebacks on Mats 1, 2, 7 and 8. The Quarterfinals will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.com. The winners will advance to the Semifinal round Friday night.
Continue to follow the Tigers journey through this year's NCAA Championships on Twitter and Facebook, and as always right here on MUTigers.com.
125 - No. 1 Alan Waters
Champ. Round 1 - Alan Waters (Missouri) won by decision over David Thorn (Minnesota) (Dec 5-2)
Champ. Round 2 - Alan Waters (Missouri) won by decision over Sean Boyle (Michigan) (Dec 4-2)
133 - No. 6 Nathan McCormick
Champ. Round 1 - Nathan McCormick (Missouri) won by decision over Erik Spjut (Virginia Tech) (Dec 3-0)
Champ. Round 2 - Nathan McCormick (Missouri) won by major decision over Dane Harlowe (Boston U.) (MD 11-1)
141 - Nicholas Hucke
Champ. Round 1 - No. 3 Michael Mangrum (Oregon St.) won in sudden victory 1 over Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) (SV-1 6-4)
Cons. Round 1 - Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) won by decision over Dean Pavlou (Chattanooga) (Dec 6-1)
149 - Drake Houdashelt
Champ. Round 1 - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) won by decision over No. 11 Andrew Alton (Penn State) (Dec 4-1)
Champ. Round 2 - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) won by decision over No. 6 Dylan Ness (Minnesota) (Dec 5-2)
157 - Kyle Bradley
Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Bradley (Missouri) won in tie breaker 2 over No. 4 James Green (Nebraska) (TB-2 6-5)
Champ. Round 2 - David Bonin (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Kyle Bradley (Missouri) (Dec 4-0)
165 - Zach Toal
Champ. Round 1 - Zach Toal (Missouri) won by decision over Austin Wilson (Nebraska) (Dec 6-2)
Champ. Round 2 - No. 3 Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) won by decision over Zach Toal (Missouri) (Dec 7-0)
174 - Todd Porter
Champ. Round 1 - No. 2 Mathew Brown (Penn State) won by major decision over Todd Porter (Missouri) (MD 10-1)
Cons. Round 1 - Todd Porter (Missouri) won by decision over Billy Curling (Old Dominion) (Dec 8-1)
184 - No. 11 Mike Larson
Champ. Round 1 - Mike Larson (Missouri) won by decision over Ophir Bernstein (Brown) (Dec 8-5)
Champ. Round 2 - No. 6 Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) won by decision over Mike Larson (Missouri) (Dec 2-0)
197 - No. 12 Brent Haynes
Champ. Round 1 - Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) won in sudden victory 3 over Brent Haynes (Missouri) (SV-3 5-3)
Cons. Round 1 - Brent Haynes (Missouri) won by decision over Maxwell Huntley (Michigan) (Dec 9-4)
HWT - No. 1 Dom Bradley
Champ. Round 1 - Dom Bradley (Missouri) won by major decision over Stryker Lane (Cornell) (MD 10-1)
Champ. Round 2 - Dom Bradley (Missouri) won by decision over Matthew Gibson (Iowa St.) (Dec 4-2)
NIU’s Matt Mougin Advances to Day Two in NCAA Championships
Mougin goes 1-1 against pair of seeded opponents
DES MOINES, Iowa – Northern Illinois redshirt junior Matt Mougin advanced to Day Two of the 2013 NCAA Championships Thursday by splitting his two matches. After winning in the first round, Mougin lost to No. 6 Logan Storley of Minnesota in a 9-1 major decision. His next opponent will be Virginia Tech's Austin Gabel, who defeated Navy's Mat Miller in the consolation bracket, 5-1.
"Storley was able to score two off of Matt's first shot early in the match," said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. "He slowed us down with a tough ride. However, Matt is competing well and we are looking forward to the next match."
Looking for his second upset in as many matches, Mougin fell behind early when Storley scored a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead. After the Huskie scored an escape, the 2012 All-American Storley got another takedown shortly before the first period ended for a 4-1 lead.
Storley extended the lead to 6-1 with a smooth reversal in the second period. The match concluded with another Gopher takedown early in the third, while Storley's riding time advantage provided the final eight-point margin.
Session I Recap
Matt Mougin got his tournament started right Thursday afternoon by upsetting No. 11 Blake Stauffer of Arizona State, 4-2.
"Against Stauffer, Matt was able to go get right off to a nice single leg attack," Ludwig said. "He rode well and controlled the hand fight."
The Huskie 174-pounder set the tone early with a first period takedown against Stauffer. After the Sun Devil got an escape to cut the lead in half. Mougin’s second escape attempt, though, went awry and Stauffer nearly dumped him for a takedown and the lead. However, Mougin held out and entered the second period with a 2-1 lead. Mougin would surrender an escape early in the second for a 2-2 tie, but another NIU takedown gave him a 4-2 lead going into the third.
After choosing down in the third, Mougin clinched the upset with a strong defensive effort, holding Stauffer scoreless throughout the period despite drawing one stalling warning.
The action in Des Moines continues tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the first of two consolation rounds in Session III. Fans can watch the action live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.com, while live results can be found at TrackWrestling.com and @NIUWrestling.
UNI at the NCAA National Wrestling Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa – Two wrestlers from the University of Northern Iowa are still in the hunt for a national title, while two are going for third place at the Division I Wrestling Championships. All four wrestlers were undefeated in the first round of the championships, with two Panthers earning three bonus point wins.
“We have work to do,” said head coach Doug Schwab. “You don’t want to get ahead of yourself. They’ve been here before. We just need to take care of winning matches. We train to get national championships, and they are in the position to do it.”
Coach Schwab said his Panthers are still fighting for a spot on the stand despite the two losses in the 133-pound and 141-pound weight classes.
“I know the work they’ve done,” he said. “They are going to fight on that backside to come back for some wins.”
Joey Lazor, 141 pounds, set the tone for the Panthers with a 12-2 major decision win against Connor Hanafee (21-13) of Army in a pigtail round. Hanafee is a senior at the tournament for the first time. Lazor redshirted last year with an injury. He has won his last 13 matches. His last loss was a 6-3 decision to the tournament's undefeated second seed Kendric Maple of Oklahoma on Jan. 18. Lazor was seventh at this year's Midlands Championships.
Lazor struck first with a takedown in the first period. Hanafee got a reversal, but Lazor escaped with just less than one minute in the first period to keep the lead 3-2. Lazor accumulated 1 minute, 1 second in riding time in the first period. He chose down and got an early escape to widen the gap, 4-2. His takedown put him up 6-2, and he ended the second period with 1:53 riding time. They started neutral in the third. A takedown and three near fall points put Lazor up 11-2. His 2:16 in riding time gave the Panthers their first win of the day, with a major decision win of 12-2.
With the pigtail match, Lazor was the only Panther to have two morning competitions. He advanced to take on Bryan Pearsall of Penn State (23-9). Pearsall, a senior, was making his first appearance at the NCAA national championships. Pearsall was fifth at the Big Ten Championships.
Lazor got a takedown in the first minute of the match, but Pearsall got a reversal soon after. Lazor scrambled to get his own reversal and three near fall points to go up 7-4 in the first period. In the second period, Lazor started down and earned his first points of the second with a reversal in the last few seconds of the second period. The referee opted to review the last few moves at the end of the second, and awarded Lazor two near fall points to put him up 11-4 headed into the third. Staring on top, Lazor erased Pearsall’s riding time and was able to earn enough of his own to get the extra point for riding time. He earned 1:20 overall to win with his second major decision of the day, 12-4.
In the evening session, Lazor faced the second seed of the tournament, Kendric Maple of Oklahoma. Lazor’s last loss was to Maple at a Panther home dual Jan. 18. Lazor has since won 13 straight matches.
Maple got a takedown about a minute into the match. With about 30 seconds left, Lazor got an escape, but Maple was able to put Lazor on his back to get the pin in 2:42.
Lazor maj. dec. Connor Hanafee (Army), 12-2
Lazor maj. dec. Bryan Pearsall (Penn State), 12-4
No. 2 Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) pins Lazor, 2:42
NEXT: Lazor vs. Julian Feikert (Oklahoma State)
Levi Wolfensperger grabbed a takedown and a quick three near fall points in his first match, but Anthony Elias (11-8) of Davidson was able to get out of Wolfensperger’s grasp. However, it wouldn’t take long before Wolfensperger turned him back to get the pin in 1:39.
Wolfensperger earned a ninth seed at the tournament. Elias is a sophomore at the tournament for the first time. Wolfensperger took second at the MAC to Missouri's Nathan McCormick, who took the sixth seed. Wolfensperger, a sophomore, is a returning NCAA qualifier and was fourth at this year's Cliff Keen Invite.
In the evening session Thursday, Wolfensperger faced No. 8 Cody Brewer of Oklahoma. Wolfensperger lost to Brewer 13-9 when UNI hosted Oklahoma for a Jan. 18 dual. Brewer got a takedown midway through the first, but Wolfensperger responded quickly with an escape to keep things close at 2-1. Another Brewer takedown would put the Oklahoma wrestler up 4-1 by the end of the first. Wolfensperger started the second period on top, and Brewer got an early second-period escape to go up 5-1. A point was awarded ? 6-1; Brewer got his third takedown to go up 8-1 with 1:54 in riding time headed into the second. Wolfensperger got an escape in the third to close the gap, 8-2. Wolfensperger wiggled out of a position on his back, but gave up the reversal to extend Brewer’s lead 10-2. Brewer’s riding time of 3:16 gave him the 11-2 major decision win.
No. 9 Wolfensperger pins Anthony Elias (Davidson), 1:39
No. 8 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) maj. dec. No. 9 Wolfensperger, 11-2.
NEXT: No. 9 Wolfensperger vs. Mackenzie McGuire (Kent State)
David Bonin faced Bobby Barnhisel (31-6) of Navy in the first round. Barnhisel, a senior, earned an at-large bid last year to the NCAA national tournament. Bonin, a senior, will be making his third appearance at the tourney. He has held a national ranking for most of the year and was fifth at the Cliff Keen Invite this year. Bonin leads the Panthers with nine major decision wins.
The first period was scoreless, and Bonin started on top for the second. The match remained scoreless by the end of the second, but Bonin earned two minutes of riding time. Barnhisel erased his riding time, but Bonin got an escape with about 30 seconds before the end of the period to win 1-0.
In the evening session, Bonin faced Kyle Bradley of Missouri. Bonin beat Bradley in their last meeting at the Mid-American Conference championships that Bonin won for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Bonin got the first takedown late in the first to lead 2-0 heading into the second period. Bonin extended his riding time to 2:21 in the second period. Bradley took an injury timeout at the start of the third. Bonin led 2-0. Starting in the down position in the third, Bonin immediately got the escape to extend his lead 3-0. Bonin’s riding time of 2:20 gave him the 4-0 win.
“I needed that for the team, but I really needed it for myself,” Bonin said. “One win – All-American, that’s what I came here for.”
Bonin is just one match away from 100 wins, with a career total of 99-45. His weight class saw major upsets in the first day with the following out of the running for a national title:
• No. 3 Joseph Napoli (Lehigh)
• No. 4 James Green (Nebraska)
• No. 5 James Fleming (Clarion)
• No. 7 Jesse Dong (Virginia Tech)
• No. 9 Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg)
• No. 10 Roger Pena (Oregon State)
• No. 11 Walter Peppelman (Harvard)
“Just shows how tight that weight class is,” said Schwab. “Bonin has been close his whole career. This could be the one.”
Bonin dec. Bobby Barnhisel (Navy), 1-0
Bonin dec. Kyle Bradley (Missouri), 4-0
NEXT: Bonin vs. No. 12 Jed Moore (Virginia)
Ryan Loder earned a sixth seed and faced Cody Reed (18-13) of Binghamton in his first match. Reed, a junior, is a returning NCAA qualifier. This is Loder's third appearance at the NCAA championships. His career record is the fifth-highest winning percentage among all UNI Panthers who have had at least 50 wins and competed at least two seasons in Division I.
Ed Ruth of Penn State is the top seed in the 184-pound weight class. With 10 pins in 24 minutes, 50 seconds, he is eighth in Division I for falls this season. Ben Bennett of Central Michigan, the MAC champion at 184 pounds, is seventh in Division I for tech falls.
Bennett ended Loder's 14-match win streak at the MAC championships. His second-place MAC finish was Loder's first loss since his fourth-place finish at the Midlands Championships on Dec. 30.
After a scoreless first period, Loder started on top for the second period against Reed and earned 2 minutes of riding time. Starting on the bottom, he got an early escape in the third to go up 1-0. He got a last-second takedown to end the match. His 1:55 riding time earned him a 4-0 victory.
In the evening session, Loder faced a familiar foe in No. 11 Mike Larson of Missouri. Loder has won the last two meetings with Larson, including at the MAC championships March 10 that earned Loder his automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
After a scoreless first period, Loder chose down for the second and got an early escape. In the third period, Loder started on top and earned his riding time of 1:57 to get the 2-0 win.
Loder dec. Cody Reed (Binghamton), 4-0
No. 6 Loder dec. No. 11 Mike Larson (Missouri), 2-0
NEXT: Loder vs. No. 3 Robert Hamlin of Lehigh
The NCAA wrestling championships are set for March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa:
10 a.m. Friday, March 22 - ESPNU/ESPN3
6 p.m. Friday, March 22 - ESPNU
10 a.m. Saturday, March 23 - ESPNU
6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 - ESPN
Ohio opens Competition at NCAA Championships
Four Bobcats advance to day two competition
DES MOINES, Iowa - Five members of the Ohio University wrestling team opened competition in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championships on Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena.
Redshirt freshmen Spartak Chino (Wheaton, Ill), Cody Walters (Macedonia, Ohio) and Phil Wellington (Euclid, Ohio) each posted victories in the first session. Junior Jeremy Johnson (Broadview Heights, Ohio) also collected a win in the opening session. With the wins, all four student-athletes advanced to the second round.
In the opening session, Ohio posted a 4-1 record in the opening session, earning six points which was good enough for 12th place. At the end of day one competition, Ohio sits in 25th-place with six points.
Chino posted the Bobcats first win of the afternoon as he defeated returning All-American and overall No. 11 seed, Walter Peppelman of Harvard in the 157 weight class. With the win, Chino earned Ohio three points. In the second round, Chino, suffered a 9-0 major decision to Oklahoma State's Alex Dieringer.
Walters earned a victory over Chad Welch of Purdue at the 174 weight class to pick up his 37th win on the year and collect his 15th-consecutive triumph on the year. In the next round, Walters fell 8-3 to Robert Kokesh from Nebraska to move into the consolation bracket.
Wellington followed with a win by decision over James Fox of Harvard in the 197 weight class, but came up short in the following round, falling by major decision to Kent State's Dustin Kilgore.
Johnson began his journey to earn back-to-back All-America honors as began the tournament with a 4-3 decision over James Lawson from Penn State in the heavyweight class. In the second round, Oklahoma State's Alan Gelogaev pinned Johnson.
Freshman Kevon Powell dropped his match to Nicholas Megaludis of Penn State by tech fall in the 125 weight class, giving Ohio its only loss on the opening session. He was then eliminated in the consolation bracket as he was defeated 7-6 by NC State's Joe DeAngelo.
Ohio returns to action Friday morning at 11 a.m. Day two action can been seen on ESPNU/ESPN3.com.
Friday Morning's Matchups
157 - Ohio: Sparty Chino (21-13) vs. Purdue: Tommy Churchard (21-17)
174 - Ohio: Cody Walters (37-3) vs. Central Michigan: Craig Kelliher (23-13)
197 - Ohio: Phil Wellington (24-15) vs. Virginia: Michael Salopek (15-7)
HWT - Ohio: Jeremy Johnson (33-10) vs. BU: Kevin Innis (23-8)