Andrew Carpenean-US PRESSWIRE
Upsets and close calls continue ahead of Saturday's NCAA Wrestling tournament finals, as we look back at the highlights of Friday afternoon's mat action from the Wells Fargo Center in Des Moines, Iowa. A couple of pins for Penn State helps them maintain their lead on Oklahoma State.
The trend of upsets that started in Session 1 yesterday continued with the surprise sudden victory defeat of defending 125 lbs national champion and #3 seed Matthew McDonough as Cornell's #6 seed Nahshon Garrett shocked the Iowa fans with a 2 point takedown in over time, taking the win with a score of 4-2.
Also at 125 lbs #2 seed Jesse Delgado of Illinois and #7 seed Nathan Kraisser of North Carolina had one of the best matches of the tournament so far as the two went back and forth scoring from various near fall positions. Kraisser came close with a cradle pin attempt that scored back points / near fall points, putting him ahead of Delgado 7-6 in the third period, only for Delgado to come back with a chickenwing turn that got his own back points / near fall points, grasping victory 10-7 with just seconds to spare. Delgado meets Garrett in the semis.
#1 see Alan Waters continues to win and gets to the semi-finals against Penn State's #4 seed Nicholas Megaludis.
At 133 lbs Ohio State's Logan Stieber dominated Oklahoma's Cody Brewer to a 3rd period tech fall, scoring 17-1.
The Hawkeyes and Cowboys had their first clash today as Iowa's Tony Ramos took a decision over Oklahoma State's Jonathon Morrison 6-1, with a shoving match between the two after the match fuelling the colleges' bitter rivalry further.
At 141 lbs Ohio State's Hunter Stieber was nearly upset by Franklin & Marshall's Richard Durso when Durso scored a takedown putt him ahead on the scores only for the takedown to be challenged by the opposing coach. The challenge is denied, and Stieber immediately scores a takedown of his own with seconds to go resulting in the other team's coach to challenge. The challenge was denied again, with Durso desperately trying to escape and tie the score, but Stieber hung onto Durso's leg like a proverbial dog on a bone for the last 16 seconds, winning the decision 9-8 but creating controversy and resentment by the vocal fans in attendance who believed Stieber should have been called for stalling.
At 149 lbs OSU's Jordan Oliver dominated again to a major decision with 2 beautiful low takedowns scored within the first 16 seconds getting him up 4-0 early against Nebraska's Jake Sueflohn. Occasional escapes by the Husker weren't enough to stem the tide as Oliver finished the match 11-3. Oliver faces Columbia's Steve Sanots in the semis.
Unseeded Drake Houdashelt of Missouri defeated fellow unseeded Kevin Tao of American to make it to the semi-finals where he'll meet Boise State's #2 seed Jason Chamberlain. Houdashelt could be the great underdog story of the tournament if he surprises people, but it's unlikely he gets passed the next round. He still finishes as an All American, as does any competitor to make it this far.
Jason Welch of Northwestern and Dylan Alton of Penn State put on a scrap as the two scrambled to escape or finish takedowns throughout, with Alton taking the lead in the third only for Welch to dig deep and keep fighting until he was able to find a way to score points with a cradle attempt after some funky manoeuvres.
165 lbs saw Penn State's David Taylor and Cornell's Kyle Dake continue to take one step closer to their fated final showdown, as Taylor brilliantly locked up a match ending cradle just 24 seconds into the first period against a beleaguered looking Conrad Polz of Illinois. Dake bullied his way to a Major Decision over Virginia's Nicholas Sulzer, leaving only one match between him and Taylor meeting Saturday evening in a Grinder vs Technician match up.
At 184 lbs Ed Ruth of Penn State took an easy looking major decision over Max Thomusseit of Pittsburgh, while Cornell's Steve Bosak went scoreless for the first two periods against Iowa's Ethen Lofthouse, though was building up riding time. Boask wins a decision 4-1 and meets Ruth in the semis.
Penn State increase their lead on the scoreboard to over 10 points thanks to pins from Taylor and another excellent quick pin form Quentin Wright at 197 lbs, but Oklahoma State still has some of its heavy hitters left in the championship rounds. Iowa currently ties 5th with Cornell, with Minnesota and Missouri in between (accurate at time of writing)
Team Results (via TrackWrestling.com)
Quick Results in semi-final matchup order (via Trackwrestling.com)
Alan Waters (Missouri) 32-0 won by decision over Matthew Snyder (Virginia) 22-8 (Dec 4-0)
Nicholas Megaludis (Penn State) 27-3 won by major decision over Dominic Parisi (Appalachian S.) 30-12 (MD 12-4)
Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) 41-4 won in sudden victory - 1 over Matt McDonough (Iowa) 22-4 (SV-1 4-2)
Jesse Delgado (Illinois) 24-3 won by decision over Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina) 33-6 (Dec 10-7)
Logan Stieber (Ohio St.) 24-0 won by tech fall over Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) 23-6 (TF-1.5 3:43 (17-1))
A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) 32-3 won by decision over Christopher Dardanes (Minnesota) 19-7 (Dec 11-7)
Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) 31-4 won by decision over Nathan McCormick (Missouri) 32-5 (Dec 5-3)
Tony Ramos (Iowa) 30-1 won by decision over Jonathon Morrison (Oklahoma St.) 25-7 (Dec 6-1)
Hunter Stieber (Ohio St.) 34-0 won by decision over Richard Durso (Frank. & Marsh.) 39-4 (Dec 9-8)
Mitchell Port (Edinboro) 33-3 won by major decision over Evan Henderson (North Carolina) 36-7 (MD 13-5)
Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (The Citadel) 41-4 won in tie breaker - 1 over Michael Mangrum (Oregon St.) 38-5 (TB-1 3-2)
Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) 28-0 won by major decision over Mark Ballweg (Iowa) 23-6 (MD 12-3)
Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma St.) 36-0 won by major decision over Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) 24-6 (MD 11-3)
Steve Santos (Columbia) 29-1 won by decision over Cole VonOhlen (Air Force) 27-3 (Dec 5-4)
Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) 31-9 won in tie breaker - 1 over Kevin Tao (American) 26-14 (TB-1 3-2)
Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) 29-1 won in tie breaker - 1 over Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon St.) 26-7 (TB-1 2-1)
Jason Welch (Northwestern) 33-1 won by decision over Dylan Alton (Penn State) 27-7 (Dec 8-3)
David Bonin (Northern Iowa) 29-7 won by decision over Jedd Moore (Virginia) 31-7 (Dec 3-0)
Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma St.) 33-2 won by decision over Georgi Ivanov (Boise State) 24-6 (Dec 6-4)
Derek St. John (Iowa) 29-2 won by decision over Josh Demas (Ohio St.) 19-11 (Dec 4-0)
Kyle Dake (Cornell) 35-0 won by major decision over Nicholas Sulzer (Virginia) 26-9 (MD 13-0)
Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma St.) 32-4 won by decision over Taylor Massa (Michigan) 27-8 (Dec 3-1)
Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) 33-1 won in sudden victory - 2 over Cody Yohn (Minnesota) 26-12 (SV-2 5-3)
David Taylor (Penn State) 29-1 won by fall over Conrad Polz (Illinois) 24-7 (Fall 0:24)
Chris Perry (Oklahoma St.) 33-2 won in tie breaker - 1 over Nick Heflin (Ohio St.) 17-6 (TB-1 3-2)
Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) 36-3 won by major decision over Josh Asper (Maryland) 21-2 (MD 11-3)
Logan Storley (Minnesota) 27-3 won by decision over Michael Evans (Iowa) 21-5 (Dec 3-2)
Mathew Brown (Penn State) 28-4 won by major decision over Tanner Weatherman (Iowa St.) 20-8 (MD 13-5)
Edward Ruth (Penn State) 31-0 won by major decision over Max Thomusseit (Pittsburgh) 16-5 (MD 11-1)
Steve Bosak (Cornell) 23-2 won by decision over Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa) 20-8 (Dec 4-1)
Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) 25-3 won by decision over Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa) 32-5 (Dec 2-1)
Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) 30-0 won by decision over Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland) 37-4 (Dec 1-0)
Dustin Kilgore (Kent St.) 42-0 won by decision over Micah Burak (Pennsylvania) 18-3 (Dec 7-0)
Taylor Meeks (Oregon St.) 34-5 won by fall over Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) 32-2 (Fall 4:54)
Matthew Wilps (Pittsburgh) 22-2 won by decision over Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma St.) 15-8 (Dec 7-1)
Quentin Wright (Penn State) 30-0 won by fall over Scott Schiller (Minnesota) 25-5 (Fall 2:49)
Dominque Bradley (Missouri) 38-1 won in tie breaker - 1 over Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh) 25-3 (TB-1 2-1)
Michael McMullan (Northwestern) 21-3 won by decision over Chad Hanke (Oregon St.) 34-4 (Dec 5-3)
Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma St.) 27-3 won by decision over J.T Felix (Boise State) 28-11 (Dec 10-5)
Anthony Nelson (Minnesota) 31-1 won by decision over Jarod Trice (Central Michigan) 24-5 (Dec 1-0)