Top ranked Penn State began the day with the injury withdrawal of leadoff man Nick Suriano at 125lbs. And then his teammates went on a tear.
Senior Jimmy Gulibon got things started by tech fall over #13 Javier Gasca (MSU), who had pinned Jimmy at Big Tens just 10 days ago. Gulibon used a head inside single to Gasca’s left (trail) leg - a shot we hadn’t seen much from Jimmy all season long. He scored 4 times with it, and his two-on-one tilt took care of the rest. Way to go, Jim.
SESSION ONE RESULTS
|141||Jimmy||W, TF 17-1||13-Gasca (MSU)|
|149||Zpain||W, TF 18-2||UN-Maruca (ASU)|
|157||Nolf||W, TF 22-7||UN-Bullard (NCST)|
|165||Cenzo||W, DEC 5-1||UN-Subjeck (STAN)|
|174||Hall||W, DEC 8-2||UN-Kocer (SDSU)|
|184||Bo||W, TF 15-0||UN-Sliga (JNW)|
|197||Mouse||WBF 1:53||UN-Brunner (PUR)|
|285||Nevills||W, DEC 4-2||UN-Vollaro (LEH)|
TEAM SCORES - End of Session 1
Forgetting the injury to Suriano, Penn State wrestled very well. 8 for 8 with 6 bonus wins - we’ll take it. Okie State went 9-1, but #7 Kyle Crutchmer (174) suffered a huge upset, losing his opener to unseeded Jake Residori of SIUE, 6-5. Ohio State lost two of nine fights, with 125-Rodriguez and 165-Burcher heading into the consolation bracket.
OTHER UPSETS OF NOTE
The 157-lb bracket’s getting a rewrite. Five seeded wrestlers, including #6 Clayton Ream (NDSU) and #8 Jake Short (MINN) dropped their openers. Four seeded wrestlers from 197 also headed south, led by #9 Nathan Rotert (SDSU). #8 at 149 Pat Lugo (BORO) and #7 Joey Ward (UNC) were the only other top 8 seeded wrestlers to fall in the opening round (in addition to #7 Crutchmer, of course). All of the seeded wrestlers at 165 and 184 brackets stayed clean.
SESSION TWO MATCHES
After a short break in the action, Session 2 begins at 7pmET. Championship round 2 matches, plus the first round of consolations will go simultaneously. By the time this session ends, around 10pm ET, 90 of the 330 wrestlers will have been eliminated. Just less than a third of the field.
Penn State will be favored in 7 of 8. Jimmy has a tough one in #4 Kolodzik. Bo majored Schneider at the dual 18-7. Mouse beat Mattiace 3-1 at the Keystone Open. Nick beat Billy Miller 4-3 as a true frosh. Everyone else gets somebody new.
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