2013 NCAA WRESTLING STORYSTREAM: OPEN THREADS, RESULTS, RECAPS

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2013 NCAA WRESTLING TOURNAMENT: SESSION V RESULTS

Not a great finish for the Hawkeyes in the consolation rounds.

SESSION V MATCHES

CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL MATCHES

174: #3 Mike Evans vs #4 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) DEC (3-2) #3 Mike Evans
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse vs. #2 Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) DEC (3-2) #12 Ethen Lofthouse

5TH PLACE MATCHES

174: #8 Nick Heflin FALL(2:10) #3 Mike Evans
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse DEC (6-2) #7 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland)

It was disappointing that neither Evans nor Lofthouse could wrestle for 3rd place, but at least Lofthouse was able to end his tournament with a solid win over a good opponent. I would not have predicted a 5th place finish for him before this weekend, so kudos to him for exceeding expectations and finishing the season on a high note. Hopefully he's able to use his performance here as a springboard for next season. Sadly, while Lofthouse ended the season on a positive note, Evans' season ended with a thud. He seemed bothered by a leg injury and he just didn't seem all that enthusiastic about either of his matches, an idea borne out by his results. Hopefully The 'Stache heals up and comes back better than ever next year.

TEAM TITLE RACE

1) Penn State -- 114.5 pts
2) Oklahoma State -- 111.5 pts
3) Minnesota -- 99 pts
4) Iowa -- 69 pts
5) Cornell -- 61 pts

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2013 NCAA WRESTLING: SESSION V OPEN THREAD

Wrestling for All-America spots.

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2013 NCAA Wrestling Tournament: Session IV Results

A session with some bright spots and some more disappointments.

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHES -- SEMIFINALS

133: #2 Tony Ramos DEC (6-4 SV-2) #3 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin)
157: #2 Derek St. John DEC (3-2 TB-2) #6 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State)

Iowa sent two wrestlers into the semifinals Friday night -- and they'll be sending two men into the championship finals on Saturday night after both Ramos and St. John won their semifinal matches. It wasn't always pretty (in fact, it was never pretty -- both men won ugly, slow-paced matches that went deep into OT), but they got the job done. Good luck tomorrow, guys.

CONSOLATION BRACKET MATCHES -- ROUND OF 12

125: #9 Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota State) DEC (3-1 SV-1) #3 Matt McDonough
141: #11 Mike Nevinger (Cornell) DEC (12-8) #7 Mark Ballweg
174: #3 Mike Evans MAJ DEC (8-0) Todd Porter (Missouri)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse DEC (3-2 TB-2) #10 Jacob Swartz (Boise State)
197: #4 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) DEC (6-3) Nathan Burak

174: #3 Mike Evans DEC (5-2) Cody Walters (Ohio)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse DEC (3-0) #11 Mike Larson (Missouri)

The consolation bracket began on an incredibly bitter note, with team leader Matt McDonough ending his Iowa career with the saddest of thuds, losing 3-1 in OT on a controversial takedown call. We'll discuss it more depth later; right now my overriding feeling is just immense sadness that a great career ended in such ignominious fashion. This really, really sucks.

Mark Ballweg's Iowa career also ended Friday night, just moments after McDonough's career screeched to a halt. Like McD, Ballweg's run ended in the Round of 12, the round before All-America status is assured, so his tournament -- and his Iowa career- ended.

In fact, just two of the five Iowa wrestlers in the wrestlebacks-- Mike Evans and Ethen Lofthouse -- won their Round of 12 matches, assuring themselves of a place on the podium. With their other two wins during Session IV, Evans and Lofthouse guaranteed themselves of no worse than a 6th place finish. Kuds to them.

Finally, Iowa's last wrestler in the consolation brackets was Nathan Burak, who acquitted himself well before losing in the Round of 12. Burak did a phenomenal job of navigating his way to the Round of 12 -- it's not easy to get there when you lose in the first round -- but came up just short in his match with #4 Alfonso Hernandez in that round. Unlike McD and Ballweg, whose season also ended at the same round, Burak's career at Iowa is just beginning -- he's a true freshman, with three years of competition ahead of him. Hopefully his performance here is just the beginning of good things to come for Burak.

SESSION V MATCHES

CONSOLATION ROUND MATCHES

174: #3 Mike Evans vs #4 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse vs. #2 Ben Bennett (Central Michigan)

Ramos and St. John won't wrestle until Saturday night, so we'll hold off on discussing their matches 'til then. Both Evans and Lofthouse are guaranteed two matches in this session. If they win these matches, they'll wrestle for 3rd place later in the morning/afternoon. If they lose these matches, they'll wrestle for 4th place later in the morning/afternoon. Evans has a great history of success against Kokesh (3-0 lifetime), while Lofthouse and Bennett have never previously wrestled.

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2013 NCAA WRESTLING: SESSION IV OPEN THREAD

The quest for individual glory.

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2013 NCAA Wrestling Tourney: Session III Results

SESSION III MATCHES

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHES

125: #6 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) DEC (4-2 OT) #3 Matt McDonough
133: #2 Tony Ramos DEC (6-1) #7 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State)
141: #2 Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) MAJ DEC (12-3) #7 Mark Ballweg
157: #2 Derek St. John DEC (4-0) UN Josh Demas (Ohio State)
174: #6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) DEC (3-2) #3 Mike Evans
184: #4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) DEC (4-1) #12 Ethen Lofthouse

A 2-4 performance in the quarterfinals put a nail in the coffin of Iowa's national title aspirations. This was always going to be a difficult round for Iowa, given that there were some tricky match-ups for them to navigate here. Unfortunately, they did not navigate them well. Ramos and St. John picked up wins over opponents who they had beaten earlier this year (albeit in very tight matches), but everyone else came up short. Ballweg ran into an absolute buzzsaw in Maple, while Lofthouse was unable to solve Bosak's strong defense. The 'Stache continued his run of futility against Storley; a poor shot from Evans in the first period led to a Storley takedown, the match's most decisive points.

But the cruelest loss of all was McDonough's, which ended his quest for a 4th straight NCAA finals appearance and his shot at a 3rd NCAA title. McD beat Garrett a few weeks ago at National Duals, but his inability to get an escape in the third period of this match (as well as the escape he gave up with four seconds remaining in the first period) doomed him here. A title for McD looked unlikely even before the tournament began, based on his struggles this year and a draw that had him facing an ominous semifinal match-up with Jesse Delgado, but still we hoped that he might pull things together for one last triumphant run. Unfortunately, that wasn't meant to be. I'm sure we'll discuss this more later, but for now: sorry, Matt. This was a bitter way to end his quest for a third title.

CONSOLATION BRACKET MATCHES

165: #9 Josh Veltre (Bloomsburg) DEC (8-5) #10 Nick Moore
197: UN Nathan Burak DEC (3-1 OT) Brandon Palik (Drexel)
197: UN Nathan Burak FALL (2:34) #7 Nathan Schiedel (Binghamton)
285: #6 Bobby Telford LOSES VIA INJ DEFAULT Dan Scherer (Stanford)

Nathan Burak continues his impressive run in the consolation rounds, while Nick Moore and Bobby Telford see their tournaments come to an end.

TEAM SCORE STANDINGS (per THIS SITE)

1) Penn State -- 77.5 pts
2) Oklahoma State -- 65.5 pts
3) Minnesota -- 49.5 pts
4) Iowa -- 39 pts
5) Missouri -- 38.5 pts

Needless to say, Iowa is not going to be winning a national title this year. They're in a heated battle for 4th place.

SESSION IV MATCHES

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHES -- SEMIFINALS

133: #2 Tony Ramos vs. #3 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin)
157: #2 Derek St. John vs. #6 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State)

With wins in these matches, Ramos and St. John will wrestle for national championships tomorrow night. Ramos beat Graff 3-1 in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals two weeks ago. St. John beat Dieringer 8-4 in a dual meet earlier this season.

CONSOLATION BRACKET MATCHES -- ROUND OF 12

125: #3 Matt McDonough vs. #9 Trent Sprenkle (North Dakota State)
141: #7 Mark Ballweg vs. #11 Mike Nevinger (Cornell)
174: #3 Mike Evans vs. Todd Porter (Missouri)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse vs. #10 Jacob Swartz (Boise State)
197: UN Nathan Burak vs. #4 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming)

With wins in these matches, all four Iowa wrestlers will assure themselves of All-America status. The worst they could finish at that point is 8th. McDonough pinned Sprenkle in 2:56 at last year's NCAA Tournament. Ballweg lost to Nevinger 3-1 at National Duals this year. Evans beat Porter 5-2 at National Duals this year. Lofthouse and Burak have never faced their opponents before.

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2013 NCAA WRESTLING: SESSION III OPEN THREAD

Another open thread ahoy.

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2013 NCAA Wrestling Tourney: Session II Results

Session II is in the books now...

SESSION II MATCHES

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHES

125: #3 Matt McDonough DEC (5-1) Steve Mitcheff (Kent State)
133: #2 Tony Ramos FALL (1:07) Joseph Ward (North Carolina)
141: #7 Mark Ballweg DEC (3-2) #10 Charles Cobb (Penn)
157: #2 Derek St. John DEC (9-5) Josh Kreimier (Air Force)
174: #3 Mike Evans MAJ DEC (11-3) Phillip Joseph (Eastern Michigan)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse DEC (3-2) #5 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota)
285: #11 J.T. Felix (Boise State) WINS VIA INJ DEFAULT #6 Bobby Telford

A solid session for Iowa, minus the Telford injury. As we feared, it looks like it might be a pretty serious injury, which is truly awful news. Ramos continued his brutal march through the bracket, while The 'Stache shipped in with a major decision win, too. Everyone else grinded out wins, but credit them for doing so -- sometimes that's all you can do and it sure beats the alternative.

Special shout-out to Lofthouse who pulled off the shocking upset of Kevin Steinhaus last night. Holy crap -- now that is a result I didn't see coming. But congrats to Lofthouse and all his friends and family -- he's come to wrestle hard the last two weeks of the season and it's a very welcome sight.

CONSOLATION BRACKET MATCHES

165: #10 Nick Moore FALL (6:11) Caleb Marsh (Kent State)
197: UN Nathan Burak DEC (4-0) Jace Bennett (Cornell)

Moore and Burak are both in "win or go home" mode now and, sure enough, both guys managed to win and live to wrestle another day (Friday).

TEAM SCORE STANDINGS (per THIS SITE)

1) Penn State -- 29.5 pts
2) Oklahoma State -- 26.5 pts
3) Minnesota -- 22.5 pts
4) Iowa -- 19 pts

WRESTLERS LEFT IN CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

Iowa: 125, 133, 141, 157, 174, 184
Penn State: 125, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197
Oklahoma State: 133, 149, 157, 165, 174, 197, 285
Minnesota: 133, 165, 174, 197, 285

WRESTLERS IN CONSOLATION BRACKET

Iowa: 165, 197, 285
Penn State: 133, 141, 149, 285
Oklahoma State: 125, 141, 184
Minnesota: 125, 141, 149, 157,184

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHES

125: #3 Matt McDonough vs. #6 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell)
133: #2 Tony Ramos vs. #7 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State)
141: #7 Mark Ballweg vs. #2 Kendric Maple (Oklahom)
157: #2 Derek St. John vs. UN Josh Demas (Ohio State)
174: #3 Mike Evans vs. #6 Logan Storley (Minnesota)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse vs. #4 Steve Bosak (Cornell)

CONSOLATION BRACKET MATCHES

165: #10 Nick Moore vs. #9 Josh Veltre (Bloomsburg)
197: UN Nathan Burak vs. Brandon Palik (Drexel)
285: #6 Bobby Telford vs. Dan Scherer (Stanford)

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2013 NCAA Wrestling Tournament: Session I Results

Session I is in the books now...

SESSION I MATCHES

125: #3 Matt McDonough MAJ DEC (10-2) Ben Willeford (Cleveland State)
133: #2 Tony Ramos FALL (1:56) Nick Wilcox (Bloomsburg)
141: #7 Mark Ballweg DEC (3-0) Daniel Neff (Lockhaven)
149: sad face
157: #2 Derek St. John DEC (9-3) Matthew Frisch (The Citadel)
165: UN Michael Moreno (Iowa State) DEC (5-3) #10 Nick Moore
174: #3 Mike Evans DEC (2-0) Craig Kelliher (Central Michigan)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse DEC (8-2) Boaz Beard (Iowa State)
197: Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) MAJ DEC (10-2) UN Nathan Burak
285: #6 Bobby Telford DEC (8-1) Joe Stolfi (Bucknell)

No big surprises in Session I. Moore's loss hurts and seriously jeopardizes his chances of being an All-American this year; they weren't great to begin with, but by losing in the first round he's put himself on a very long path to the podium. But his loss also wasn't a stunner -- he beat Moreno earlier this year, but only by a slim 3-2 scoreline. That Moore would eventually get burned by his "get one takedown and hold on for dear life" gameplan is not shocking -- it was inevitable.

Iowa's only bonus points came from McDonough (who secured a late major decision) and Ramos (who locked up a pin in the first period). Ballweg ground out a very ugly 3-0 decision win, while St. John gave up an early takedown before mounting a steady comeback and picking up a 9-3 win. Evans had an ugly 2-0 win himself, although he was close to getting a few takedowns early in the match; he'll need to actually convert those later in the tournament to keep getting closer to the podium. Lofthouse had a very nice 8-2 decision win over Beard, although his inability to secure the major decision (he had chances in the third period, but couldn't convert them) stings. Burak suffered a thoroughly expected loss to #1 Kilgore, although the fact that he wasn't pinned or tech falled is slightly impressive.

Unfortunately, this session ended on a sour note, with Bobby Telford limping off the mat and favoring his knee heavily. He had cruised to a big lead until tweaking his knee in the third period, but from that point on he did nothing in the match and he was leaning on coaches as he left the match. If his injury is indeed serious, Iowa's title hopes (slim to begin with) might already be toast. But we shall wait and see...

SESSION II MATCHES

CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHES

125: #3 Matt McDonough vs. Steve Mitcheff (Kent State)
133: #2 Tony Ramos vs. Joseph Ward (North Carolina)
141: #7 Mark Ballweg vs. #10 Charles Cobb (Penn)
157: #2 Derek St. John vs. Josh Kreimier (Air Force)
174: #3 Mike Evans vs. Phillip Joseph (Eastern Michigan)
184: #12 Ethen Lofthouse vs. #5 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota)
285: #6 Bobby Telford vs. #11 J.T. Felix (Boise State)

Iowa should be favored in all of these matches, except 184, where Steinhaus is an obvious (and heavy) favorite over Lofthouse. Still, Ballweg will need to be much sharper than he was this morning to get by Cobb and if Telford's knee is indeed in bad shape, his match with Felix looks very difficult.

CONSOLATION BRACKET MATCHES

165: #10 Nick Moore vs. Caleb Marsh (Kent State)
197: UN Nathan Burak vs. Jace Bennett (Cornell)

If you're in the consos, the mandate is clear: win or go home. We expected Burak to be here and he'll need to overturn a loss to Bennett from earlier this season (at National Duals, in fact) to stay alive in this tournament. We did not expect Moore to be here and it will be interesting to see how he responds to this early loss.

TEAM SCORE STANDINGS (per THIS SITE)

1) Penn State -- 14.5 pts
2) Oklahoma State -- 13 pts
3) Minnesota -- 11 pts
4) Iowa -- 10 pts
5) Iowa State -- 9 pts
5) UNI -- 9 pts
5) Oregon State -- 9 pts

WRESTLERS LEFT IN CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

Iowa: 125, 133, 141, 157, 174, 184
Penn State: 125, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197
Oklahoma State: 133, 149, 157, 165, 174, 197, 285
Minnesota: 133, 141, 149, 165, 174, 184, 197, 285

WRESTLERS IN CONSOLATION BRACKET

Iowa: 165, 197
Penn State: 133, 141, 149, 285
Oklahoma State: 125, 141, 184
Minnesota: 125, 157

UPSETS

125: #5 Jarrod Garnett (Va Tech), #10 Josh Martinez (Air Force), #11 Nikko Triggas (Ohio St)
133: #11 George DiCamillo (Virginia), #12 Jordan Conaway (Penn St)
141: #11 Mike Nevinger (Cornell)
149: #3 Donnie Vinson (Binghamton), #11 Andrew Alton (Penn St)
157: #3 Joey Napoli (Lehigh), #4 James Green (Nebraska), #9 Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg), #10 R.J. Pena (Oregon St), #11 Walter Peppelman (Harvard)
165: #10 Nick Moore (Iowa)
174: #9 Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh), #10 Dan Yates (Michigan), #11 Blake Stauffer (Arizona St), #12 Matthew Miller (Navy)
184: #9 Chris Chionuma (Oklahoma St)
197: #12 Brent Haynes (Missouri)
285: none!

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NCAA WRESTLING: SESSION I OPEN THREAD

Game threads ahoy!

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