Not a great day for the Hawkeyes at the Big Ten Championships, and not a bad one either. Four finalists, three alive on the backside, and three eliminated.
Here’s where each Hawkeye stands heading into the second and final day of the tournament. Action resumes at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Finals begin at 3 p.m.
Thomas Gilman — Finalist at 125
Gilman pinned Jose Rodriguez in the third period of their quarterfinal match, and added a major decision against Michigan’s Conor Youtsey in the semis. He gets Nebraska’s Tim Lambert in the finals tomorrow evening. To quote one of our beautiful Twitter followers: Sky is blue, water is wet.
Cory Clark — Finalist at 133
Would you be surprised to learn Clark’s heading back to the finals? No. Good, because that’s the case. He got a major and a decision en route to the semis, where he won by decision over Mitch McKee. He gets Nathan Tomasello in the finals tomorrow. Giddy up.
(Note: my internet cut out after here so unfortunately it's a skeleton and I'm at the mercy of my phone. I'll clean it up assuming we're up and running in mom’s basement in the morning.)
Topher Carton — Still living!
Carton dropped his second and third matches of he wrestled after winning the first match. He’s grappling tomorrow for ninth place as the Big Ten gets 9 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Tournament. Get there, Topher.
Brandon Sorensen — Lost in semis
Sorensen lost a tough 2-1 bout to Micah Jordan of Ohio State in the semis, dropping to the backside of the tournament. He’ll get Kenny Theobold in the consolation semis tomorrow.
Michael Kemerer — Finalist at 157
The freshman phenom will get a rematch against No. 1 Jason Nolf tomorrow in the finals after a 4-3 decision in the semis. Really looking forward to this one. Kemerer has to show he's narrowed the gap since the dual in Iowa City, methinks he will. Not predicting a win, but predicting a damn good bout.
Joey Gunter — eliminated at 165
Alex Meyer — consolation finalist
Meyer had a disappointing early drop to the wrestlebacks but did enough to earn the chance to wrestle for third place tomorrow. Not ideal, but it'll play. He's a grinder, fam.
Sammy Brooks — finalist at 184
Bring. It. On. Myles Martin. The Buckeye upset Bo Nickal in the semis, so Sammy will get the defending national champ and it’s going to be an absolute bloodbath. I can't wait for this one tomorrow evening, hopefully you guys are in the same boat.