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.
|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
- Ohio State 16.5
- Penn State: 16.0
- Nebraska: 13.0
- Iowa: 11.0
- 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
UN Youtsey (MICH) DEC (7-6) #6 Klimara (OKST)
Nico won't be wrestling Klimara in the quarters.
UN Clagon (RID) DEC (3-1) #8 Henderson (UNC)
Zain won't be wrestling Henderson in the quarters.
UN Bethea (PENN) DEC (8-7) #14 Matthews (BORO)
Nolf gets unseeded Bethea instead of Matthews.
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.