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Iowa tries to pick up the pieces after some R1 disappointment.

2016 NCAA Wrestling Tournament -- Round Two

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 6 PM CT
Location: Madison Square Garden (New York City, NY)
TV/Streaming: ESPNU / WatchESPN
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (free); Hawkeye All-Access ($); Tune-In Radio (maybe?)
Twitter: @IowaWRLive@IAWrestle
Tickets: n/a

Bracket: click here
Live Scoreboard: click here

1) 16.5 -- Ohio State
2) 16.0 -- Penn State
3) 13.0 -- Nebraska
4) 11.0 -- Iowa
5) 10.0 -- Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma State


125 #4 Thomas Gilman TECH FALL (24-8, 5:37) UN Brent Fleetwood, Central Michigan
133 #2 Cory Clark MAJ DEC (8-0) UN Jade Rauser, Utah Valley
149 #2 Brandon Sorensen MAJ DEC (9-1) UN Nick Barber, Eastern Michigan
157 #13 Edwin Cooper, Jr. DEC (8-3) UN Tyler Berger, Nebraska
165 #13 Jim Wilson, Stanford DEC (12-7) UN Patrick Rhoads
174 UN Gordon Wolf, Lehigh DEC (10-9) #13 Alex Meyer
184 #2 Sammy Brooks TECH FALL (23-8, 6:30) UN John Lampe, Chattanooga
197 #4 Nathan Burak DEC (4-2 SV2) UN Trent Noon, Northern Colorado
285 UN Boyce Cornwell, Gardner Webb WIN VIA INJ DEF #11 Sam Stoll

Things started off well for Iowa with four wins in four matches, including a pair of major decisions from Cory Clark and Brandon Sorensen and a technical fall from Thomas Gilman.  Edwin Cooper looked good in moving past Nebraska's Berger (an opponent he had struggled with at the dual meet earlier this season), too.  Things were good.

Things were not so good after the next five weights, as Iowa went just 2-3.  Patrick Rhoads' loss to #13 Jim Wilson wasn't entirely unexpected, but it was disappointing -- it was an opportunity for an upset that didn't pan out.  Worse was Alex Meyer's loss to unseeded Gordon Wolf from Lehigh.  The 174 lb bracket has been thrown into mass chaos with upsets all over the place and Meyer would have had a good chance to put together a deep run if he had won this match.  Of course, that presumes that Meyer could (and would) have wrestled like a much better wrestler... and we've been waiting to see that from him for months.  He and Wolf engaged in a series of wild reversals, but Wolf came out on top with an escape in the final seconds.

Sammy Brooks briefly stopped the bleeding for Iowa with an emphatic technical fall win and Nathan Burak grabbed another win for Iowa at 197, although not without a lot of effort -- Burak could not complete several shots on Noon, until finally converting on a counter-shot late in the second sudden victory period.  Alas, the day ended in disappointing fashion for Iowa as a clearly hobbled Stoll appeared to re-injure his knee and was forced to injury default out of his match.


125 #4 Thomas Gilman vs #13 Tim Lambert, Nebraska
133 #2 Cory Clark vs #15 Josh Albert, UNI
149 #2 Brandon Sorensen vs UN Victor Lopez, Bucknell
157 #13 Edwin Cooper, Jr. vs #4 Ian Miller, Kent State
184 #2 Sammy Brooks vs UN Jordan Ellingwood, Central Michigan
197 #4 Nathan Burak vs #13 Jacob A Smith, West Virginia

The team title is not mathematically gone for Iowa, but unless Penn State and Ohio State collapse (or get shipped to the wrong gym for the next few sessions), they're going to be hard to catch for an Iowa team that's short on horses. So just keep winning, guys -- for your own individual title aspirations as much as anything.  Iowa will be favored in 5 of these 6 matches; hopefully they're able to win all of them and perhaps Coop can score a tremendous upset.


165 UN Patrick Rhoads vs UN Casey Fuller, Edinboro
174 #13 Alex Meyer vs #4 Ethan Ramos, North Carolina
285 #11 Sam Stoll vs #6 Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State

Given that Stoll injury defaulted out of his first round match, I don't really expect him to wrestle in this match.  But we'll see.  Unfortunately if he does wrestle, he has a pretty tough match-up in Dejournette.  Meyer has an ever tougher ask -- #4 Ramos -- if he wants to keep his tournament alive.  Rhoads has the most winnable match; hopefully at least one of these guys is still wrestling for Iowa tomorrow.

I'll try to post results and limited PBP in the comments.  I'll also try to update the mat assignments in the comments.

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