Two No. 3 seeds fall in Session I, Penn State leads

Andrew Hipps

3/21/2013
Andrew Hipps, InterMat Senior Editor
andrew@intermatwrestle.com, Twitter: @InterMat

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships kicked off at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines shortly after 11 a.m. CT with 330 wrestlers representing 72 schools.

Two-time defending national champion Penn State sits in first place with 14.5 points after the opening session despite having four wrestlers suffer losses, with two of those wrestlers being seeded. Oklahoma State is in second place with 13 points. Minnesota (11) and Iowa (10) sit in third and fourth place respectively. Host Iowa State is tied for fifth with Northern Iowa and Oregon State.

Two No. 3 seeds suffered losses in the opening session: Donnie Vinson of Binghamton (149) and Joey Napoli of Lehigh (157).

Of the 120 seeded wrestlers, 20 lost in the opening session.

Below is a weight class-by-weight-class summary.

125: The highest seeded wrestler to lose was No. 5 Jarrod Garnett of Virginia Tech, who fell to Dominic Parisi of Appalachian State, 7-6. The other seeded wrestlers to lose at 125 pounds were No. 10 Josh Martinez of Air Force and No. 11 Nikko Triggas of Ohio State. Martinez's loss came to unseeded All-American Steve Bonanno of Hofstra, 9-2. Triggas, a past All-American, fell 5-2 to Stanford's Evan Silver.

133: The No. 11 and No. 12 seeds, George DiCamillo of Virginia and Jordan Conway of Penn State, fell in the first round. It was Boston's Dane Harlowe who knocked off DiCamillo, 9-7, while Vincent Dellafave of Rutgers defeated Conaway in sudden victory, 3-1.

141: Zach Neibert of Virginia Tech used a reversal in tiebreaker to defeat No. 11 Mike Nevinger of Cornell, a returning All-American, 3-1.

149: Third-seeded Donnie Vinson of Binghamton fell 3-2 in tiebreaker to American's Kevin Tao. Tao used a reversal in the tiebreaker to propel him to the victory. Penn State's Andrew Alton, seeded 11th, lost to Missouri's Drake Houdashelt 4-1.

Indiana's Taylor Walsh upset No. 3 Joey Napoli of Lehigh (Photo/John Sachs, Tech-Fall.com)
157: Five of the 12 seeds lost in the first round, including No. 3 Joey Napoli of Lehigh and No. 4 James Green of Nebraska. Napoli was blanked 6-0 by Indiana's Taylor Walsh, while Green's loss came to Missouri's Kyle Bradley in tiebreaker, 4-3. The No. 9 and No. 11 seeds, Bloomsburg's Frank Hickman and Harvard's Walter Peppelman, were pinned. Hickman was decked in the first period by Rider's Zac Cibula. Peppelman, a two-time All-American, was pinned in the first period by Ohio's Spartacus Chino. R.J. Pena of Oregon State, seeded 10th, lost a tight match, 7-6, Ohio State's Josh Demas.

165: Tenth-seeded Nick Moore of Iowa lost 5-3 to instate rival Michael Moreno of Iowa State , reversing a result from earlier this season.

Tanner Weatherman upset No. 10 Dan Yates at 174 (Photo/Simon Jimenez, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
174: Four seeded wrestlers lost in this weight class: No. 9 Nathaniel Brown of Lehigh, No. 10 Dan Yates of Michigan, No. 11 Blake Stauffer of Arizona State, and Matt Miller of Navy. Brown dropped a 5-3 match to Gardner-Webb's Hunter Gamble. Yates fell to Iowa State's Tanner Weatherman, 6-4. Stauffer was upended by Northern Illinois' Matt Mougin, 4-2. Miller was edged 5-4 by Buffalo's John-Martin Cannon.

184: Ninth-seeded Chris Chionuma of Oklahoma State, an NAIA national champion, lost 4-1 to Pitt's Max Thomusseit.

197: Missouri's Brent Haynes, seeded 12th, was taken down in sudden victory to lose to Wisconsin's Jackson Hein, 6-4.

285: No seeded wrestlers lost first-round matches at heavyweight.

Team Standings (Top Ten):
1. Penn State 14.5
2. Oklahoma State 13
3. Minnesota 11
4. Iowa 10
5. Iowa State 9
5. Northern Iowa 9
5. Oregon State 9
8. Missouri 8
8. North Carolina 8
10. Oklahoma 7.5

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