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Penn State Starts Out Perfect in the Drive for Five

Well, that went well. All seven of Penn State's qualified wrestlers advanced to Round 2 of the championship bracket, and a few did so in impressive fashion.

Penn State's wrestlers:

125: Jordan Conaway won a wild decision over unseeded Joaquin Marquez of The Citadel, 12-7. Next up for Jordan is a third try vs Iowa's 6-seed Thomas Gilman.

133: Jimmy Gulibon continued the recent Penn State tradition of Bonus Point scoring when he earned a takedown in the final seconds to secure the Major Decision win, 11-3. Next up he'll face unseeded Jade Rauser of Utah Valley, a surprise winner over Lehigh's 10-seed Mason Beckman (5-3).

149: Zach Beitz dominated unseeded Shawn Greevey of Chattanooga 10-1 and will next face Cornell's 5-seed Chris Villalonga in what many PSU fans consider a very winnable bout.

174: Matt Brown also advanced with a Major Decision, over unseeded Pete Renda of UVA. He'll get 15-seed Santiago Martinez, a former club wrestler who made the Lehigh team and is 22-12 this year.

184: Matt McCutcheon looked awesome in dismantling unseeded Nick Fiegener from Cal Poly to the tune of a 20-5 Technical Fall. He gets one-loss 3-seed Blake Stauffer from Arizona State up next.

197: Morgan McIntosh ran into a heavy staller in UVA's Zach Nye, so he put in a workmanlike 3-0 shutout. It's good practice, as that might not be the only such opponent he'll face this weekend. Next up is Nebraska's 15-seed Aaron Studebaker.

HWT: Many times in this match it looked like Jimmy Lawson might pin Cornell's Jacob Aiken-Phillips, but in the end he had to settle for a 9-3 Decision. That we can slightly lament Lawson not having scored Bonus Points is a testament to the stellar round the boys in blue had. Lawson has a match vs 9-seed Michael Kroells of Minnesota that is a very important and winnable bout. Win that, and Lawson is one win from the podium.


Penn State sits in second to Ohio State headed into tonight's second round and wrestlebacks, with 11.5 points

Totally Unrelated & Useless Thoughts

- Access to the floor halls and matside has been a real treat for this fan

- Press photographers are friendly and have nice manners.

- EVERY single wrestler looks huge in person. I knew this would happen but it's still shocking. Nathan Tomasell weighed in for 125 pounds and the dude looks like a truck.

- The veteran nationals-goers I'm with took us to an excellent Irish bar for mid-afternoon snack. Food & beers were yum.