WE'RE TALKIN' WRESTLEBALL: THURSDAY EVENING ACTION

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Time for the night shift.  There's plenty more wrestling -- and hoops -- action to follow this evening.  For the most part, things went well in the morning session for Iowa -- they lost just one match (Janssen at 165 when he gave up a takedown with less than 15 seconds left) and advanced eight guys into the second round, more than any other team.  On the other hand, they're in second place in the team standings because too many of those wins were simple decisions (conversely, Penn State has been racking up bonus points like they're going out of style).  Only McD scored bonus points for Iowa (via a first-period pin) and too many of the Iowa wrestlers looked sluggish or hesitant.  Granted, it was the first NCAAs for many of these guys, so perhaps it was just first-time jitters.  Let's hope so, anyway.  Full Session I results and team standings after the jump.

WRESTLING
VIDEO: ESPN3.com (free if you get it)
AUDIO: TheOpenMat (free), Hawkeye All-Access/KXIC (free)
LIVEBLOG: HawkCentral (Andy Hamilton)
LIVE BRACKET: Penn State Wrestling Club

SESSION II: 5:30pm-9:00pm CST (roughly)
second round
125: (2)
Matt McDonough vs. Sean Boyle (Michigan)
133: (6) Tony Ramos vs. (11) Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan)
141: (5) Montell Marion vs. (12) Zack Kemmerer (Penn)
157: (6) Derek St. John vs. (11) Walter Peppelman (Harvard)
174: (9) Ethen Lofthouse vs. (8) Mike Letts (Maryland)
184: (12) Grant Gambrall vs. (5) Joe LeBlanc (Wyoming)
197: (5) Luke Lofthouse vs. (12) Zack Giesen (Stanford)
HWT: (7) Blake Rasing vs. (10) Nathan Fernandez (Oklahoma)

consolation round
165: (11)
Aaron Janssen vs. (6) Dallas Bailey (Oklahoma State)

Hoopyball schedule (all times CST): 

5:50, Tampa -- (2) Florida vs. (15) UC Santa Barbara (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel) (TBS)
6:15, Denver -- (3) BYU vs. (14) Wofford (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery) (CBS)
6:20, Wash D.C. -- (3) Connecticut vs. (14) Bucknell (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski) (TNT)
6:27, Tucson -- (4) Wisconsin vs. (13) Belmont (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner) (truTV)

8:20, Tampa -- (7) UCLA vs. (10) Michigan St. (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel) (TBS)
8:45, Denver -- (6) St. John’s vs. (11) Gonzaga (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery) (CBS)
8:45, Wash. D.C. -- (6) Cincinnati vs. (11) Missouri (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski) (TNT)
8:57, Tucson -- (5) Kansas St. vs. (12) Utah St. (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner) (truTV)

A very strange split of games here.  The early evening games have blowout potential with so many top-4 seeds in action (although Wisconsin should probably be on upset alert; Belmont's pretty good and the Badgers have been shiiiity down the stretch), but the late evening games could be fantastic.  Every nominal underdog has a good chance to win those games, so we could see some great action there.  Fingers crossed, anyway.

The usual rules of open threading apply: no porn, no illegal online streams, no slurs, no politics, no religious, no being a dickhead.  Let's get it on.

SESSION I results
pigtail round
133: (6)
Tony Ramos DEC (6-3) Frank Cagnina (Lehigh)
184: (12) Grant Gambrall DEC (3-2) Corey Peltier (Maryland)

first round
125: (2)
Matt McDonough FALL (2:31) Manuel Ramirez (UNC-Greensville)
133: (6) Tony Ramos DEC (6-3) Jordan Keller (Oklahoma)
141: (5) Montell Marion DEC (8-3) Stephen Dutton (Lehigh)
157: (6) Derek St. John DEC (11-7) Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg)
165: Peter Yates (Va Tech) DEC (4-2) (11) Aaron Janssen
174: (9) Ethen Lofthouse DEC (8-2) Dorian Henderson (Missouri)
184: (12) Grant Gambrall DEC (8-5) Austin Trotman (Appy State)
197: (5) Luke Lofthouse DEC (4-1) Riley Orozco (CSU-Bakersfield)
HWT: (7) Blake Rasing DEC (2-0) Kyle Simonson (Iowa State)

STANDINGS
1) Penn State -- 20 pts
2) Iowa -- 18 pts
3) Cornell -- 16.5 pts
4) Wisconsin -- 15 pts
5) Minnesota/Oklahoma State -- 14 pts
7) Nebraska -- 13.5 pts
8) Lehigh/Virginia Tech -- 13 pts
10) Boise State/Rutgers -- 12 pts

Iowa: 8 alive in championship bracket, 1 in consolation bracket
Penn State: 7 alive in championship bracket, 1 in consolation bracket
Cornell: 7 alive in championship bracket, 2 in consolation bracket
Oklahoma State: 5 alive in championship bracket, 5 in consolation bracket
Wisconsin: 6 alive in championship bracket, 0 in consolation bracket
Minnesota: 7 alive in championship bracket, 2 in consolation bracket

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