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LIVE WRESTLING: No. 1 Penn State at NCAA Championships Session Two

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Join us for live coverage of Session Two.

Penn State came out on fire in Session One, finishing 8-1 in their 9 opening fights while posting 6 bonus point victories.  Un-seeded Lions Jimmy Gulibon (vs #5 Manley) and Geno Morelli (vs. #11 Staudenmayer) both pulled big upsets, while BSD favorite Mouse took the only loss (a 3-4 decision to DuBois' Tom Sleigh, now wrestling for Bucknell).

WT PENN STATE Result OPPONENT Team Points
125 #3 Nico Megaludis MAJ 18-5 UN Tolbert, UVU 2.0
133 #5 Jordan Conaway DEC 6-5 UN Keener, CMU 1.0
141 UN Jimmy Gulibon TF 17-2 #5 Matt Manley, MIZZ 2.5
149 #1 Zain Retherford TF 21-6 UN Hammond, CSUB 2.5
157 #3 Jason Nolf WBF 3:35 UN Shakur, UTC 3.0
165 UN Geno Morelli DEC 5-3 #11 Staudenmayer, UNC 1.0
174 #1 Bo Nickal MAJ 10-2 UN Johnson, HARV 2.0
184 #16 Matt McCutcheon L, 3-4 UN Sleigh, BUCK 0.0
197 #1 Morgan McIntosh MAJ 11-3 UN Wolfe, RID 2.0

WHAT HAPPENS IN SESSION TWO

If you lost your opening fight from Session One, then you're now in the Consolation bracket of this double elimination tournament.  In other words, you're in a win-or-die situation.  It can get bloody down there.

And on this evening's slate we're starting with the first round of consolations, then Round 2 of the winners' bracket, followed by Round 2 of the consolations.  By the time this Session Two is finished (around 11pmET-ish), 170 of the 330 wrestlers who started at Noon will have been beaten out of the tournament - more than half the field, gone.  Brutal.


NEXT BOUTS

WT PENN STATE Next Round Opponent
125 #3 Nico Megaludis Ch.Rd.2 #14 Rodriguez, NDSU
133 #5 Jordan Conaway Ch.Rd.2 #12 Taylor, WIS
141 UN Jimmy Gulibon Ch.Rd.2 #12 Mecate, ODU
149 #1 Zain Retherford Ch.Rd.2 #16 Lugo, BORO
157 #3 Jason Nolf Ch.Rd.2 UN Bethea, PENN
165 UN Geno Morelli Ch.Rd.2 #6 Rodrigues, ILL
174 #1 Bo Nickal Ch.Rd.2 #16 Barnes, NEB
184 #16 Matt McCutcheon Consi.Rd.1 UN Dechow, ODU
197 #1 Morgan McIntosh Ch.Rd.2 #16 Conel, KENT

As noted at the top, only Mouse is wrestling in the consolations.  He'll be up first, against past All-American Jack Dechow (4th in 2014) .  That'll be a tough one.

Then we're back into the championships, round 2.  Five Nittany Lions will be favored - Nico, Zain, Nolf, Nickal, and Morg.  Three - Jordan, Jimmy, and Geno - will be underdogs.

Team Standings After Session One

  1. Ohio State 16.5
  2. Penn State: 16.0
  3. Nebraska: 13.0
  4. Iowa: 11.0
  5. three teams tied at 10.0

HOW TO WATCH

Video: ESPN3 / WatchESPN (Free)

Audio: Jeff "Ironhead" Byers via GoPSUSports.com (Free)

Live Team Scoring: Penn State Wrestling Club (Free)

Brackets: Brackets (PDF)

Spacebook/Tweeters: Cari (@NotCarlotta) and JP (@jtothemfp)


ROUND ONE UPSETS THAT MATTER TO PENN STATE

125 LBS

UN Youtsey (MICH) DEC (7-6)  #6 Klimara (OKST)

Nico won't be wrestling Klimara in the quarters.

149LBS

UN Clagon (RID) DEC (3-1) #8 Henderson (UNC)

Zain won't be wrestling Henderson in the quarters.

157LBS

UN Bethea (PENN) DEC (8-7) #14 Matthews (BORO)

Nolf gets unseeded Bethea instead of Matthews.

174LBS

UN Kent (PENN) DEC (3-2) #8 Epperly (VT)

UN Bernstein (NAVY) DEC (13-8) #4 Ramos (UNC)

UN Reed (OU) DEC (16-9)  #3 Butler (MIZZ)

UN Weatherspoon (ISU) DEC (7-4) #2 Realbuto (CORN)

Looks like everyone's scared of Bo.