With the first two rounds in the books, Iowa is right were they were expected to be, at the top of the team standings.
1. Iowa 33.5
2. Penn State 28.0
3. Missouri 23.5
4. North Carolina State 21.0
5. Oklahoma State 20.0
Iowa will send eight wrestlers to the quarterfinals, matching their seeds. However it was #12 seed Max Murin making it at 149 lbs after a rough Big Ten Tourney while #5 seed 157 lb Kaleb Young fell in the second round and will have to work his way through the consolation rounds to make it to All-American status.
Here are the results of the evening matches.
Second Round Matches:
125 – #1 Spencer Lee major dec. over #17 Killian Cardinale (WVU), 15-5
133 – #4 Austin DeSanto fall over #20 Ryan Sullivan (WVU), 1:36
141 – #1 Jaydin Eierman dec. over #16 Cole Matthews (PITT), 5-3
149 - #12 Max Murin dec. over #5 Ridge Lovett (NEB), 5-3
157 – #12 Brady Berge (PSU) dec. over #5 Kaleb Young, 3-2
165 – #1 Alex Marinelli major dec. over #17 Thomas Bullard (NCST), 13-2
174 – #1 Michael Kemerer tech. fall over #17 Benjamin Pasiuk (ARMY), 17-1, 5:06
185 - #5 Hunter Bolen (VT) dec. over #12 Nelson Brands, 6-2
196 - #5 Jacob Warner dec. over #12 Lucas Davison (NW), 3-0
HWT - #5 Tony Cassioppi maj. dec. over #21 Tate Orndorff (tOSU), 11-0
Not much in terms of commentary. DeSanto was the wrestler of the day and has a big match against #5 Micky Phillippi (PITT) on Friday morning in the quarters.
Murin was able to prevail over fellow conference opponent #5 Ridge Lovett and reverse their result from two weeks ago.
Iowa started the day going 10-10 in the first round with seven matches scoring bonus points.
First Round Matches:
125 – #1 Spencer Lee tech. fall over #32 Patrick McCormick (UVA), 17-1, 1:33
133 – #4 Austin DeSanto tech. fall over #29 Paul Bianchi (LR), 19-4, 4:34
141 – #1 Jaydin Eierman tech. fall over #32 Cayden Rooks (IND), 20-5, 6:19
149 - #12 Max Murin dec. over #21 Graham Rooks (IND), 8-7
157 – #5 Kaleb Young major dec. over #28 Caleb Licking (NEB), 10-2
165 – #1 Alex Marinelli major dec. over #33 Austin Yant (UNI), 19-6
174 – #1 Michael Kemerer tech. fall over #32 Drew Hughes (MSU), 23-7, 4:08
185 - #12 Nelson Brands dec. over #21 Dominic Ducharme (CSUB), 8-6
196 - #5 Jacob Warner dec. over #28 Nick Reenan (NCST), 9-7, SV-1
HWT - #5 Tony Cassioppi major dec. over #28 Jon Spaulding (EDIN), 9-1
Warner overcame a six-point move early in the first period that almost resulted in him getting pinned. He was able to get a takedown in sudden victory in what may have been the biggest match of the weekend in terms of point swing.
Iowa will start the quarterfinals and wrestle backs at 10:00 am on Friday morning. The schedule looks like this.
Quarterfinals // Consolation Matches:
125 – #1 Spencer Lee vs. #9 Devin Schroeder (PUR) in Quarters
133 – #4 Austin DeSanto vs. #5 Micky Phillippi (PITT) in Quarters
141 – #1 Jaydin Eierman vs. #9 Dresden Simon (CMU) in Quarters
149 - #12 Max Murin vs. #4 Boo Lewallan (OKST) in Quarters
157 – #5 Kaleb Young vs. #22 Benjamin Barton (CAMP) in Consolations
165 – #1 Alex Marinelli vs. #8 Shane Griffith (STAN) in Quarters
174 – #1 Michael Kemerer vs. #8 Daniel Bullard (NCST) in Quarters
185 - #12 Nelson Brands vs. #22 Devin Kane (UNC) in Consolations
196 - #5 Jacob Warner vs. #4 AJ Ferrari (OKST) in Quarters
HWT - #5 Tony Cassioppi vs. #4 Cohlton Schultz (ASU) in Quarters
Despite being undermanned and out-gunned, Penn State is hanging tough. They got a big first round upset when #23 Robert Howard (125lbs) knocked off #10 Malik Heinselman (tOSU), 11-4. Howard would go onto lose in the 2nd round, but he’s still alive and kicking in the cons.
Their regular work horses are doing work as #2 Nick Lee (141lbs), #3 Carter Starocci (174lbs), #1 Aaron Brooks (184lbs), and #9 Greg Kerkvliet (285lbs) have all punched their way into the QF’s. But they got a BIG time boost from #12 Brady Berge when he knocked off Kaleb Young and perhaps an even bigger pick-me-up from #15 Michael Beard (197lbs) bonusing his way into the 3rd round. Those are points we knew were coming, but were praying they weren’t.
Iowa is making a living off bonus points, but so far PSU is hanging tough and doing everything they can to hold serve. These quarterfinal rounds are where we’re going to start seeing the front runners distance themselves from the pack.
And before we let you go, here’s some highlights to get your blood flowing (and exploding) in preparation for the Quarterfinals.
Nelson Brands barrels through the cross-face, gets to the corner & elevates the leg to break opp down to his far hip for the TD. pic.twitter.com/1TD8VPAxAr— Dan Sweeney (@DPSBreakdowns) March 18, 2021
Jacob Warner was buried early... but he finds his way back into the match and wins it with an emphatic takedown. Then lets a couple F bombs fly after the win— Grant Becker (@GBeckTV) March 18, 2021
Match of the day so far? #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/8S15upaLHt
“LET’S F***ING GO!!!”