Session I Recap:
We went 9-0 in the opening round with 3 bonus point wins by Lee, DeSanto, and Young.
The Bull survived Joe Joe Smith OKST after finding himself down 1-4 early. Showed true grit and determination in coming back.
Honestly, couldn’t have been a better opening round for us, especially being underdogs in a few of those matches. Huge wins by Stoll and Murin.
Session II Recap:
We went 7-2 in the 2nd round and punch seven wrestlers into the quarterfinals. Still a solid round, but not as good as it could’ve been.
Murin scored his 2nd upset of the day after knocking off #6 Mike Carr (ILL). This is by far and away the best he’s looked all year.
Lee got another major and DeSanto beat #10 Roman Bravo-Young (PSU) in a really fun and hard fought match by both guys. That was wrestling at it’s absolute best.
Marinelli, Lugo, and Stoll kept their winning ways. And, let’s not forget Kaleb Young. This good looks goooooood. He got his 2nd bonus point victory with a 14-2 major decision of #11 Ke-Shawn OHST. No joke, but the way he’s wrestling he looks like a legit finalist contender at this point. Damn he’s slick.
Now Wilcke and Warner are the two that drop into the consolation rounds. It’s frustrating because both were leading before they lost in SV1. Both were gassed and out of position and wrestled sloppy down the stretch. At this point in the season, that’s uncalled for. Now they need 3 more consecutive wins to get into a medal match. That’s a long, tough road.
Despite going 16-2 in the first two rounds, we only had six wins by bonus points. That’s just not good enough and the team scores reflect that. We had some tough draws with tough competition, but we have to have those early in the tournament.
1. Penn State 32.5
2. Ohio State 25.0
3. Iowa 24.0
4. Minnesota 19.5
4. Oklahoma State 19.5
6. Missouri 17.0
as of writing this update, the first round of the cons are still in progress, but the scores shouldn’t change much.
Opponent: NCAA Tournament
- Session III 10:00 AM CT // Friday, March 22, 2019
- Semifinals 7:00 PM CT // Friday, March 22, 2019
- Medal Round 10:00AM CT // Saturday, March 23, 2019
- FINALS 6:00PM CT // Saturday, March 23, 2019
All sessions, all mats, all matches will be broadcast on ESPN.
All morning sessions will be on ESPNU followed by evening sessions on ESPN.
Location: PPG Points Arena // Pittsburgh, PA
TV/ Online: ESPN // WatchESPN
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