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McKenna, Collica, Martin upset on Day 1 of NCAAs

Minnesota's Tommy Thorn after upsetting Stanford's Joey McKenna at 141 pounds (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

ST. LOUIS -- What would the NCAAs be without upsets?

The first day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Scottrade Center in St. Louis Thursday saw more than a few upsets, with arguably the biggest coming in Session II Thursday evening.

Kenny Theobold of Rutgers upset Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

Ohio State's No. 6 seed Myles Martin, returning champ at 174 pounds, lost to No. 11 Emery Parker of Illinois, 14-9, in the Round of 16. No. 2 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State was the highest-seeded wrestler to lose, falling to Rutgers' Ken Theobold, 10-3, in sudden victory at 149 pounds. Theobold scored the winning takedown and then picked up four nearfall points. And, at 141 pounds, Minnesota's Tommy Thorn pinned No. 3 Joey McKenna of Stanford in sudden victory. The Golden Gopher secured the winning takedown and then immediately put McKenna on his back for the pin.

The opening session had its share of surprises as well. Before the wrestlers even took to the mat Thursday morning, two wrestlers were scratched from the competition: Penn State's Nick Suriano, seeded No. 3, at 125 pounds, and Michigan's Zac Hall at 149.

As for Session I upsets … Rider's unseeded B.J. Clagon, a past NCAA All-American, used a late takedown to edge No. 8 Jake Short of Minnesota 4-2 at 157 pounds, while, in the same weight class, Stanford's Paul Fox knocked off No. 6 Clayton Ream of North Dakota State, 8-4. Ream was the highest seed (not counting defaults) to fall in the first round. At 174, Oklahoma State All-American Kyle Crutchmer, seeded No. 7, was upset by SIU Edwardsville's Jake Residori, 6-5. North Carolina's Daniel Chaid earned an upset as he knocked off No. 9 Nate Rotert of South Dakota State, 10-5, in their bout at 197 pounds. In a second upset at the same weight, Iowa's Cash Wilcke upset No. 13 Tom Sleigh of Bucknell, 4-2, in sudden victory.

Despite these upsets, the ten wrestlers who came to St. Louis with perfect records remained undefeated after Day 1 of the 2017 NCAAs. Iowa's Thomas Gilman (125 pounds), Ohio State's Nathan Tomasello (133) and Kyle Snyder (285), Oklahoma State's Dean Heil (141), Penn State's Zain Retherford (149) and Jason Nolf (157), Illinois' Isaiah Martinez (165), Arizona State's Zahid Valencia (174), Cornell's Gabe Dean (184), and Missouri's J'den Cox (197) are all still in the title hunt.

Top-ranked Penn State leads the team race after Day 1 with 30.5 points. The Nittany Lions have seven wrestlers in the quarterfinals. Ohio State sits in second place, 4.5 points behind Penn State, and has five wrestlers in the quarterfinals. Oklahoma State ends Thursday in third place with 25.5 points, but two Cowboys seeded in the top six fell in the round of 16, No. 2 Collica and No. 6 Austin Schafer (285), who was defeated 8-0 by Conan Jennings of Northwestern. Iowa (24.5) and Missouri (20) round out the top five teams.

Quarterfinals and consolation action begins Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

Team Standings (Top 25)

1. Penn State 30.5
2. Ohio State 26.0
3. Oklahoma State 25.5
4. Iowa 24.5
5. Missouri 20.0
6. Cornell 19.0
7. Minnesota 18.5
8. Virginia Tech 18.0
9. Central Michigan 14.5
10. Lehigh 14.0
10. Nebraska 14.0
12. Arizona State 13.5
12. Illinois 13.5
12. Wisconsin 13.5
15. Edinboro 11.5
16. Northern Iowa 11.0
16. Rider 11.0
18. NC State 10.0
18. Old Dominion 10.0
20. Princeton 9.5
21. Michigan 9.0
21. South Dakota State 9.0
23. Stanford 8.5
23. Virginia 8.5
25. Appalachian State 7.5

Round of 16 Results

125:
No. 1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) maj. dec. No. 16 Nathan Kraisser (Campbell), 22-8
No. 8 Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 9 Joshua Rodriguez (North Dakota State), 5-2
No. 12 Sean Fausz (NC State) dec. No. 5 Tim Lambert (Nebraska), 3-1
No. 4 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) dec. No. 13 Shakur Laney (Ohio), 1-0
No. 14 Freddie Rodriguez (SIU Edwardsville) dec. Kyle Akins (Buffalo), 7-5
No. 6 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) maj. dec. No. 11 Josh Terao (American), 15-6
No. 10 Jack Mueller (Virginia) dec. No. 7 Sean Russell (Edinboro), 5-2
No. 2 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech) maj. dec. No. 15 Drew Templeman (Wyoming), 12-2

133:
No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) maj. dec. Cam Sykora (North Dakota State), 21-7
No. 8 Zane Richards (Illinois) dec. No. 9 Scotty Parker (Lehigh), 7-6
No. 5 Stevan Micic (Michigan) dec. No. 12 Josh Alber (Northern Iowa), 5-2
No. 4 Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. Pat D'Arcy (Princeton), 10-5
No. 3 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 14 Mitch McKee (Minnesota), 3-1
No. 11 Bryan Lantry (Buffalo) dec. No. 6 Dom Forys (Pittsburgh), 5-3
No. 7 Eric Montoya (Nebraska) maj. dec. No. 10 John Erneste (Missouri), 14-2
No. 2 Seth Gross (South Dakota State) tech. fall Joey Palmer (Oregon State), 15-0

141:
No. 1 Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 16 Jared Prince (Navy), 9-5
No. 8 Jaydin Eierman (Missouri) dec. No. 9 Colton McCrystal (Nebraska), 9-6
No. 5 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) dec. No. 12 Luke Pletcher (Ohio State), 8-7
No. 4 Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) dec. Jimmy Gulibon (Penn State), 6-3
No. 14 Tommy Thorn (Minnesota) pinned No. 3 Joey McKenna (Stanford), 7:57
No. 6 George DiCamillo (Virginia) pinned No. 11 Randy Cruz (Lehigh), 4:36
No. 10 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) maj. dec. Jack Hathaway (Oregon State), 8-0
No. 2 Kevin Jack (NC State) dec. No. 15 Tyler Smith (Bucknell), 4-0

149:
No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State) tech. fall No. 16 Jordan Laster (Princeton), 16-0
Alex Kocer (South Dakota State) dec. No. 9 Justin Oliver (Central Michigan), 5-4
No. 5 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) dec. Andrew Crone (Wisconsin), 6-2
No. 4 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) maj. dec. No. 13 Alfred Bannister (Maryland), 10-2
No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) dec. No. 14 Steve Bleise (Northern Illinois), 2-1 TB
No. 6 Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech) pinned Joey Delgado (Oregon State), 2:53
No. 7 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 10 Laike Gardner (Lehigh), 6-4
No. 15 Kenny Theobold (Rutgers), dec. Anthony Collica (Oklahoma State), 9-3

157:
No. 1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) tech. fall No. 16 Victor Lopez (Bucknell), 24-9
B.J. Clagon (Rider) dec. No. 9 Joshua Shields (Arizona State), 6-5
No. 5 Joe Smith (Oklahoma State) dec. May Bethea (Pennsylvania), 6-3
No. 4 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) dec. Kyle Langenderfer (Illinois), 11-7
No. 3 Joey Lavallee (Missouri) pinned No. 14 Sal Mastriani (Virginia Tech), 7:27
Paul Fox (Stanford) dec. No. 11 Russell Parsons (Army), 7-5
No. 7 Dylan Palacio (Cornell) dec. No. 10 Colin Heffernan (Central Michigan), 9-5
No. 2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) tech. fall Chase Delande (Edinboro), 22-6

165:
No. 1 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) dec. 16 Nick Wanzek (Minnesota), 8-5
No. 9 Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State) pinned No. 8 Dylan Cottrell (West Virginia), 0:52
No. 5 Chad Walsh (Rider) pinned No. 12 Austin Matthews (Edinboro), 0:35
No. 4 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) dec. No. 13 Brandon Womack (Cornell), 5-1
No. 3 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) maj. dec. No. 14 Branson Ashworth (Wyoming), 12-4
No. 6 Daniel Lewis (Missouri) dec. No. 11 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa), 6-0
No. 7 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) dec. No. 10 Te'Shan Campbell (Pittsburgh), 9-2
No. 2 Logan Massa (Michigan) tech. fall No. 15 Drew Hughes (Michigan State), 25-10

174:
No. 1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) maj. dec. No. 16 C.J. Brucki (Central Michigan), 12-3
No. 9 Myles Amine (Michigan) dec. No. 8 Ethan Ramos (North Carolina), 6-4
No. 5 Mark Hall (Penn State) tech. fall Jadaen Bernstein (Navy), 16-0
No. 4 Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 13 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa), 5-2
No. 3 Bo Jordan (Ohio State) dec. No. 14 Lelund Weatherspoon (Iowa State), 10-4
No. 11 Alex Meyer (Iowa) dec. No. 6 Ryan Preisch (Lehigh), 7-5 SV
No. 10 Zac Brunson (Illinois) dec. Jake Residori (Southern Illinois Edwardsville), 6-2
No. 2 Brian Realbuto (Cornell) tech. fall No. 15 Trace Engelkes (Northern Illinois), 16-0

184:
No. 1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) maj. dec. No. 16 Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan), 11-3
No. 8 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion) dec. No. 9 Nathan Jackson (Indiana), 7-5
No. 12 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 5 Zack Zavatsky (Virginia Tech), 4-3
No. 4 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 13 Bryce Carr (Chattanooga), 3-2 TB
No. 3 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) pinned No. 14 Dakota Geer (Edinboro), 3:44
No. 11 Emery Parker (Illinois) dec. No. 6 Myles Martin (Ohio State), 14-9
No. 7 TJ Dudley (Nebraska) dec. No. 10 Michael Macchiavello (NC State), 6-1
No. 2 Bo Nickal (Penn State) pinned No. 15 Steven Schneider (Binghamton University), 5:34

197:
No. 1 J'den Cox (Missouri) maj. dec. Steban Cervantes (Navy), 12-3
No. 8 Ryan Wolfe (Rider) dec. Daniel Chaid (North Carolina), 12-5
No. 5 Matt McCutcheon (Penn State) dec. No. 12 Frank Mattiace (Pennsylvania), 6-3
No. 4 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) dec. Cash Wilcke (Iowa), 4-1
No. 3 Kollin Moore (Ohio State) maj. dec. No. 14 Corey Griego (Oregon State), 16-4
No. 6 Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 11 Shawn Scott (Northern Illinois), 3-2
No. 10 Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion) pinned No. 7 Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska), 6:11
No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) dec. Brad Johnson (Oklahoma), 6-1

285:
No. 1 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) tech. fall No. 16 Garrett Ryan (Columbia), 22-7
No. 8 Michael Kroells (Minnesota) dec. No. 9 Denzel Dejournette (Appalachian State), 5-3 TB
No. 5 Nick Nevills (Penn State) dec. No. 12 William Miller (Edinboro), 6-2
No. 4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) dec. Mike Kosoy (NC State), 2-0
No. 3 Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 14 Thomas Haines (Lock Haven), 9-5
Conan Jennings (Northwestern) maj. dec. No. 6 Austin Schafer (Oklahoma State), 8-0
No. 7 Tanner Hall (Arizona State) pinned No. 10 Nathan Butler (Stanford), 7:39
No. 2 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) dec. No. 15 Ryan Solomon (Pittsburgh), 5-0

Quarterfinal Matchups

125:
No. 1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) vs. No. 8 Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State)
No. 4 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) vs. No. 12 Sean Fausz (NC State)
No. 6 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) vs. No. 14 Freddie Rodriguez (SIU Edwardsville)
No. 2 Joey Dance (Virginia Tech) vs. No. 10 Jack Mueller (Virginia)

133:
No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) vs. No. 8 Zane Richards (Illinois)
No. 4 Cory Clark (Iowa) vs. No. 5 Stevan Micic (Michigan)
No. 3 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 11 Bryan Lantry (Buffalo)
No. 2 Seth Gross (South Dakota State) vs. No. 7 Eric Montoya (Nebraska)

141:
No. 1 Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 8 Jaydin Eierman (Missouri)
No. 4 Matthew Kolodzik (Princeton) vs. No. 5 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers)
No. 6 George DiCamillo (Virginia) vs. No. 14 Tommy Thorn (Minnesota)
No. 2 Kevin Jack (NC State) vs. No. 10 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming)

149:
No. 1 Zain Retherford (Penn State) vs. Alex Kocer (South Dakota State)
No. 4 Micah Jordan (Ohio State) vs. No. 5 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa)
No. 3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) vs. No. 6 Solomon Chishko (Virginia Tech)
No. 7 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 15 Kenny Theobold (Rutgers)

157:
No. 1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) vs. B.J. Clagon (Rider)
No. 4 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) vs. No. 5 Joe Smith (Oklahoma State)
No. 3 Joey Lavallee (Missouri) vs. Paul Fox (Stanford)
No. 2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) vs. No. 7 Dylan Palacio (Cornell)

165:
No. 1 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) vs. No. 9 Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State)
No. 4 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) vs. No. 5 Chad Walsh (Rider)
No. 3 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) vs. No. 6 Daniel Lewis (Missouri)
No. 2 Logan Massa (Michigan) vs. No. 7 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State)

174:
No. 1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) vs. No. 9 Myles Amine (Michigan)
No. 4 Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech) vs. No. 5 Mark Hall (Penn State)
No. 3 Bo Jordan (Ohio State) vs. No. 11 Alex Meyer (Iowa)
No. 2 Brian Realbuto (Cornell) vs. No. 10 Zac Brunson (Illinois)

184:
No. 1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) vs. No. 8 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion)
No. 4 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 12 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa)
No. 3 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) vs. No. 11 Emery Parker (Illinois)
No. 2 Bo Nickal (Penn State) vs. No. 7 TJ Dudley (Nebraska)

197:
No. 1 J'den Cox (Missouri) vs. No. 8 Ryan Wolfe (Rider)
No. 4 Jared Haught (Virginia Tech) vs. No. 5 Matt McCutcheon (Penn State)
No. 3 Kollin Moore (Ohio State) vs. No. 6 Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State)
No. 2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) vs. No. 10 Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion)

285:
No. 1 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) vs. No. 8 Michael Kroells (Minnesota)
No. 4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) vs. No. 5 Nick Nevills (Penn State)
No. 3 Ty Walz (Virginia Tech) vs. Conan Jennings (Northwestern)
No. 2 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) vs. No. 7 Tanner Hall (Arizona State)

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jmantom (1) about 2 months ago
Just curious, I've seen in a couple different articles, Collica lost 10-3 in overtime. I understand how a 6-point move can happen, but that would make the score 9-3. Was there another point awarded somehow in overtime or was a point taken away after the end of the match?
Andrew (1) about 2 months ago
Oklahoma State unsuccessfully challenged the call.