[Cari started working on a wrestling post earlier today, so for the sake of organization, we're combining her work with this fanpost for this morning's wrestling action. -- CG]
Penn State sits in first place after a good day one of the tournament, with 38.5 points. The Nittany Lions also picked up a win in a consolation bracket, meaning all 8 wrestlers are still wrestling,
Action begins today at 10 am.
How our wrestlers fared yesterday:
125: Nico Megaludis (#10) beat Michael Martinez of Wyoming (major decision), #7 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma. Will next face #2 Zachary Sanders of Minn.
133: Frank Martellotti lost to #1 Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State & beat Frank Lomas of CSU Bakersfield in first round of consies. Will face #6 Devin Carter of VA Tech.
149: Frank Molinaro (#1) beat Christopher Villalonga of Cornell (major decision), Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon St. Will next face Eric Grajales of Michigan.
157: Dylan Alton (#7) beat Jake O'Hara of Columbia (major decision), #10 Anthony Jones of Michigan St. Will next face #2 Derek St John of Iowa.
165: David Taylor (#1) beat Corey Lear of Bucknell (fall), Brandon Wright of Chattanooga (fall)--two first period pins in the first two rounds. Will next face Robert Kokesh of Nebraska.
174: Ed Ruth (#1) beat Jim Resnick of Rider (fall), Dorian Henderson of Missouri (fall)--also had two first period pins in the first two rounds. Will next face Nick Heflin of Ohio State.
184: Quentin Wright (#6) beat Thomas Ferguson of North Carolina (major decision), Ben Clymer of Hofstra (major decision). Will next face #3 Ben Bennett of Central Michigan.
197 Morgan McIntosh beat Taylor Meeks of Oregon St, lost to #1 Cam Simaz of Cornell. Will start wrestling in consies today, facing Andrew Campolattano of Ohio State.
HWT: Cameron Wade beat Quintas McCorkle of Clarion (Tech Fall), Maciej Jochym of Cornell. Will face #3 Clayton Jack of Oregon St.
For up to the minute bracket and team score updates, check out the Penn State Wrestling Club site (shout out to psuwresfan for the link in yesterday's fanpost).
Check out psuwresfan's analysis below, and use this as your open thread.
First, the good news. From all reports, Molinaro looked fine last night walking around without a limp towards the end of the session.
This morning is a big round in general and in the team race. For those new to the sport, a win in today's quarterfinal round guarantees you All-American honors. This could also be a huge round in the team race. Penn State has some killer matchups. Wade, Nico, and Alton are all rematches of losses this year. In Nico's case, two losses. Wright has never wrestled Bennet which I think benefits Wright. He usually does well against guys who aren't familiar with his body locks.
In the wrestle backs we have two tough bouts:
133: Martellotti vs #6 Carter
197: McIntosh vs Campalattano
Carter was ranked #1 for stretches of this season and this is likely the end of the road for Frank. Morgan and Camp round 3, Morgan has won the two prior matches but they were close.
Our three big guns all have matches they should win. Ruth takes on Heflin which could be interesting but I expect him to win comfortably. Don't be too shocked if Penn State doesn't have a great round this morning. What will be key is how they bounce back this afternoon. A lot of these guys with tough quarterfinal matches have winnable matches in the consi's, which will ensure them All-american honors.