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There will be more on the AWL in other episodes, since this show concentrates on the college levels of the sport. Highlights though were Jordan Oliver knocking off Zain Retherford, Alex Dieringer beating Isaiah Martinez, Cory Clark beating Tony Ramos and Kyven Gadson giving a very short interview after he beat Jacob Kasper to get to the hospital, where he had a baby on the way – like literally any minute. All those results on Trackwrestling. Check the daily newsletter at mattalkonline.com/news or the @mattalkonline twitter for links to the recaps.
In Las Vegas, as always, there were some solid upsets and individual wins. Ohio State put six into the semis, so that's the short version. All that can be viewed at Flowrestling. But here's some of the quarterfinal notables from Friday in Lost Wages.
Notables from each weight:
At 125: North Dakota State's Brent Fleetwood stormed into the semifinals with back-to-back wins over Louie Hayes and Zeke Moisey. He'll face top-seeded Sebastian Rivera of Northwestern, while down low, it's a 2-3 matchup with Minnesota's Sean Russell facing Oregon State's Ronnie Bresser.
At 133: Pittsburgh's Micky Phillipi upended Minnesota's Ethan Lizak 4-0 in the quarters to reach Saturday's semifinals. He'll face second-seeded Luke Pletcher of Ohio State, while up top, it's No. 1 Nick Suriano of Rutgers and No. 4 John Erneste of Mizzou. Erneste is 3-0 with three first-period falls.
At 141: Second-seeded Jaydin Eierman gave up a reversal and then outlasted Michigan's Kanen Storr 3-2 in the tiebreakers. Eierman will see a familiar foe, Illinois' Mikey Carr in the semis. Up top, it's one vs. four with Joey McKenna of Ohio State meeting Northern Iowa's Josh Alber. Storr, by the way, knocked off Chad Red of Nebraska in the Round of 16. All-American Red was bounced out of the tournament in the consolations.
At 149: Clarion's Brock Zacherl upended All-American Grant Leeth and his neckbrace 3-2 in the quarterfinals courtesy of a third-period takedown. Zacherl will face Micah Jordan of Ohio State in the semis, while fifth-seeded Mitch Finesilver of Duke reached the semis after beating All-American Max Thomsen of Northern Iowa 3-2. Finesilver will face Rutgers' Anthony Ashnault.
At 157: The on-again, off-again Griffin Parriott is on again. The Purdue sophomore beat All-American Tyler Berger of Nebraska 4-2 in the quarters and earned the right to face fifth-seeded Taleb Rahmani of Pittsburgh. Rahmani beat Eric Barone of Illinois, who had previously bumped off Ohio State's Ke-shawn Hayes. Down low, it's Kennedy Monday of UNC against Ryan Deakin of Northwestern.
At 165: Michigan's Logan Massa seems back in his Super Saiyan Level 3 form. He breezed into the semis and will face fourth-seeded Isaiah White of Nebraska. Just so you know, while looking up the correct spelling of Saiyan, I got distracted by the Dragon Ball wiki. Where were you when you first watched the Namek saga? Down low, Mekhi Lewis of Virginia Tech upended red-hot Branson Ashworth of Wyoming 3-1. He'll face Northern Iowa's Bryce Steiert in the semis.
In just three short minutes, the Planet Namek … that was the longest three minutes in television history.
At 174, all top four seeds reached the semis as Michigan's Myles Amine will face Nebraska's Mikey Labriola and Northern Iowa's Taylor Lujan will face Missouri's Daniel Lewis.
At 184, second-seeded Taylor Venz of Nebraska was down 8-4 with riding time against in the third period when he countered a Nino Bonaccorsi shot by stepping over a chestlock and earning the fall. Venz will face sixth-seeded Drew Foster of Northern Iowa, who beat All-American Zack Zavatsky of Virginia Tech 9-6 in the quarters. Up top, Myles Martin of Ohio State has been rock solid. He'll face All-American Max Dean of Cornell in the semis. Dean majored North Carolina's Chip Ness in the quarters.
At 197, unseeded Greg Bulsak of Clarion picked off Virginia Tech's Tom Sleigh 8-1 in the quarters to reach his semifinal opponent, 10th-seeded Eric Schultz of Nebraska. Second-seeded Nathan Traxler of Stanford was upset by Virginia's Jay Aiello early, then Schultz edged Aiello 3-2 in the quarterfinals. Up top, Kollin Moore of Ohio State is back in action after returning from the U23 Worlds. He'll face Purdue's Christian Brunner, the fifth-seed, in the semis there. Brunner beat Tanner Orndorff of Utah Valley in the quarters. Orndorff majored Drexel's No. 4 seed Stephen Loiseau in the Round of 32.
At 285 pounds, unseeded Chase Singletary of Ohio State pulled two upsets on his way to the semis. First he beat Northwestern's Conan Jennings 6-5 in the Round of 16, then he pinned Central Michigan's Matt Stencel in the quarters. Singletary will face Tate Orndorff of Utah Valley in the semis, while up top, Gable Steveson of Minnesota is almost to the point of going full heel turn as he bullied his way into the semis with some powerful bonus victories. Steveson will face North Carolina's Cory Daniel in the semis.
Team-wise, it's Ohio State, Missouri, Nebraska and Northern Iowa leading the back, with a host of teams bunched between 5-13.
Now to some duals, where we had two historical feats occur in Pennsylvania. First, unranked Princeton beat Lehigh for the first time in 50 years and for the first time ever at Lehigh. While the eighth-ranked Mountain Hawks aren't even close to full strength, you wrestle with who you've got and on Friday night, Princeton got them. Patrick Brucki's win over Jake Jakobsen at 197 sealed the deal for this one.
Further west in Lewisburg, the first sellout in Bucknell wrestling history with over 4,200 fans present saw No. 1 Penn State extend its dual meet win streak to 47 with a 42-3 win over the host Bison.
No. 7 NC State survived a scare as they went to Norfolk, Virginia and beat Old Dominion 16-15. This one was supposed to take place on Thursday, but a bomb threat at ODU forced the school to postpone women's basketball and wrestling events. The rest might have served the host Monarchs well as Larry Early upended second-ranked Hayden Hidlay at 157 pounds. That offset NC State's upset at 141, where Jamal Morris beat Sa'Derian Perry 7-2. Tariq Wilson's bonus point at 133 proved to be the difference.
No. 20 Lock Haven had over 2,300 fans at Thomas Fieldhouse watch the Bald Eagles pick up an EWL win over George Mason 28-10. Other action in Division I saw Indiana beat Northern Illinois 20-14 and Ohio beat Appalachian State 25-16.
In the NAIA, Grand View extended its win streak to 66 duals in a row as they blanked Benedictine 56-0. Out in Great Falls at the Battle of the Rockies duals, which saw schools from Division II, the NAIA and the NJCAA, McKendree won three duals, as did Embry-Riddle.
Colorado School of Mines won a Division II tri over Chadron State and San Francisco State. Other multiple-dual winners on Friday included Eastern Oregon, Lindenwood, Northwest Kansas Tech, Providence (the one in Montana) and Spartanburg Methodist.
Looking at some other tournaments, Johnson & Wales leads the New Standard Corporation Invitational hosted by York College – the one in Pennsylvania. The Wildcats lead Ithaca, Baldwin Wallace and Roger Williams. Quarters kick up tomorrow, so there should be rowdiness. Couple of national champions meet in the quarters too, as Division III champ Jay Albis of Johnson & Wales meets Colton Messick of the Newport News Apprentice School, the returning NCWA national champion. Messick was coached by my old roommate, Matt Wright, at Warwick H.S. in Newport News, Virginia. Same one where Michael Vick – and my brother actually – graduated from.
(Editor's note: This is always a rough draft of the script of the show, there may be minor errors sprinkled throughout and no, it's not in APA style or anything that resembles a journalistic published work)
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