NCAA Championships Running Notebook: Round 1

The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are taking place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh (Photo/Sam Janicki,

PITTSBURGH -- Follow the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on InterMat's running notebook. The most recent updates appear at the top.

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3:25 p.m. The first round has concluded here are the top ten teams.
1 - Penn State 21 (9 champ/0 consolation)
2 - Ohio State 15.5 (8/2)
3 - Oklahoma State 14.5 (7/2)
4 - Iowa 14 (9/0)
5 - Minnesota 13.5 (7/1)
6 - Missouri 12 (6/3)
7 - Michigan 10.0 (6/2)
8 - Nebraska 9.5 (6/2)
9 - Northern Iowa 9 (5/1)
(tie) Virginia Tech 9 (6/3)

3:20 p.m. No. 2 seed Anthony Cassar (Penn State) gets the second period fall at 4:20. Nittany Lions go nine-for-nine in the first round with five falls and two major decisions.

3:15 p.m. No. 3 seed Gable Steveson won by 18-3 technical fall to conclude a 7-1 round for the Golden Gophers.

3:10 p.m. A weird - to put it mildly - match concludes Iowa's 9-0 opening round as Sam Stoll, a returning All-American, beats No. 5 seed Mason Parris (Michigan) 8-5. Ohio State concludes an 8-2 first round with Chase Singletary's 3-0 win over Dalton Jensen (Nebraska). Those both at 285 pounds.

3:05 p.m. At 197, No. 9 seed Ben Honis (Cornell) lost 8-5 to Jake Jakobsen (Lehigh), while No. 12 seed Rocco Caywood (Army) squandered a 3-0 lead in losing 8-3 to Thomas Lane (Cal Poly).

2:50 p.m. Despite a very late big-move by Drew Phipps (Bucknell), No. 5 seed Jacob Warner wins 9-8 on the riding time advantage point. Warner led 8-2 until very late in the bout. Hawkeyes are now 8-0!

2:47 p.m. No. 2 seed at 184 Shakur Rasheed wins by 11-2 major decision. Penn State is 8-0, four by pin and two by major. Already ten bonus points for the Nittany Lions.

2:45 p.m. Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State), the transfer from Edinboro, beats No. 7 seed Nick Reenan (North Carolina State) 6-0 via takedowns in the second and third period plus a riding time point. That was at 184, and he'll face Samuel Colbray (Iowa State) tonight. That puts five Cowboys into the round of 16 with two more possible.

2:40 p.m. It's a third Penn State fall this session, No. 1 seed at 197 Bo Nickal in 2:34.

2:35 p.m. No. 12 seed Cash Wilcke (184) hung on for a 3-2 win over Nick Gravina (Rutgers), takedown attempt for Gravina with about 30-40 seconds left was not scored and confirmed as such after a Rutgers challenge. Iowa Hawkeyes are 7-0 this session with Warner and Stoll remaining.

2:25 p.m. No. 7 seed Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State) survives, winning 6-4 i overtime over Drew Hughes (Michigan State). Smith had two takedowns in the first period, but Hughes countered with a two-point near fall in the third (from choosing top) and advantage time to force the sudden victory. Smith moves on to face No. 10 seed Mikey Labriola (Nebraska) in tonight's round of 16.

2:20 p.m. In the day's first match to go to the tiebreakers, No. 16 seed Brandon Womack (Cornell) wins 11-10 over Neal Richards (VMI). Womack was an All-American in the 2017 tournament.

2:15 p.m. The third seed at 174 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) wins by a similar 10-2 score in his opening round bout.

2:10 p.m. Add to it with the win from top seed Mark Hall at 174 by 10-2 major decision. Penn State has taken the lead in the tournament.

2:05 p.m. More bonus for Penn State, No. 2 seed Vincenzo Joseph with the pin at 2:57 in his opening round bout at 165.

1:55 p.m. Going down at 165 was No. 9 seed Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley) to a pin by Cael McCormick (Army West Point) in 2:28.

1:50 p.m. No. 1 seed Alex Marinelli (Iowa) gave up two first period takedowns to trail 4-2 at the end of that stanza against two-time All-American Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State). However, Marinelli rode Smith out in the second, escaped early in the third to trail 4-3. Marinelli got the takedown with about 70 seconds left in the bout and rode the bout out, then with Smith hit for another Stalling the final was 7-4.

1:40 p.m. In a battle of true freshman, No. 8 seed Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) beat Justin Ruffin (SIU-Edwardville) 6-0. In the 2018 class recruiting rankings, Humphreys was 51st overall to Ruffin's 25th, though Humphreys did beat Ruffin 3-2 in the October 2017 Super 32 quarters.

1:35 p.m. Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) beats Jared Prince (Navy) in a 9-8 barn-burner, takedown with under 20 second left to break a 7-7 tie. Thomsen the No. 14 seed previously earned All-American honors, both were top 30 recruits in the 2015 graduating class.

1:30 p.m. Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech), who used to be at Oklahoma State, wins 5-1 in overtime over No. 7 seed Kaden Gfeller (Oklahoma State) at 149. No. 2 seed in that weight, Micah Jordan (Ohio State) moved on by pin. That was Oklahoma State's first loss.

1:25 p.m. Jason Nolf (Penn State) opens his last NCAA tournament with a 43 second pin against Ben Anderson (Duke), and the Nittany Lions are 4-0.

1:20 p.m. No. 4 seed Justin Oliver (North Carolina State) beats Courtland Schuyler (Lehigh) 10-6 in a match closer than the score at 149. He'll face Tommy Thorn (Minnesota), who needed a late reversal to beat No. 13 seed Anthony Artalona (Penn), Artalona had taken a 4-3 lead via takedown with under 15 second left before Thorn responded. Gophers now 4-0.

1:15 p.m. Oklahoma State now 4-0 as Fix and Brock win at 133 and 141 respectively, both by major decisions.

1:10 p.m. Also losing from the favored seeding position at 141 were No. 10 Nicholas Gil (Navy) and No. 14 Jamel Morris (North Carolina State), though Morris fell to returning All-American Sa'Derian Perry (Old Dominion - used to be at Eastern Michigan).

1:05 p.m. The Hawkeyes' excellent start continues, Max Murin gets the 3-2 victory over No. 11 seed Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) at 141. They move to 3-0.

1:05 p.m. 125 pound top seed Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) gets yet another technical fall, this one 21-6 over Trey Chalifoux (Army West Point) to move on to tonight against Drew Mattin (Michigan).

12:55 p.m. Nick Lee starts the Penn State bonus-palooza with a pin over Purdue's Nate Limmex at 141. Last year Penn State amassed 23.5 bonus points, which is like another finalist in itself.

12:50 p.m. In one of the more anticipated first round bouts, at least from an Ohio perspective, Dom Demas (Oklahoma) beat Mitch Moore (Virginia Tech) 11-3 at 141. Penn State and Iowa both get wins at 133 - Bravo-Young 6-2 with second and third period takedowns, while DeSanto won by DQ, and they'll meet tonight.

12:45 p.m. The first major upset in terms of seed, D.J. Fehlman (Lock Haven) knocks off No. 9 seed Charles Tucker (Cornell) 7-2 at 133 pounds.

12:35 p.m. Returning national runner-up Nick Suriano (Rutgers) moves up one weight class and wins his opening round bout by 12-3 major decision at 133 against fellow Big 10 opponent Dylan Duncan (Illinois).

12:30 p.m. Good start for Oklahoma State, as they battle for second behind Penn State. Joseph Smith won his pigtail, and then Nick Piccininni with a 48-second pin in the opening round at 125 pounds.

12:30 p.m. Defending champion Spencer Lee gets Iowa on the board at the championships with an 18-0 technical fall victory at 125 pounds. Also at 125, two-time All-American Zeke Moisey (Nebraska) lost 11-4 to 15-seed Elijah Oliver (Indiana).

12:25 p.m. The day's first overtime match came in the pigtail at 197, where Ethan Laird (Rider) beat Rod Jones (Chattanooga) 4-2. Laird's reward, a match with Bo Nickal (Penn State) later this session.

12:20 p.m. The second best tournament team in the country, Ohio State, starts their session with an expected loss. Malik Heinselman falls 12-2 to eighth-seed Vitali Arujau (Cornell) at 125 pounds.

12:15 p.m. Two-time All-American from Oklahoma State, Joseph Smith beat Tyler Morland (Northwestern) 10-5 in his pigtail at 165. He faces top seed Alex Marinelli (Iowa) next, a tough draw for Marinelli to say the least. At 125, alternate Trey Chalifoux (Army) came through with an opening round win.

12:10 p.m. Devin Kane (North Carolina) gets the tournament's first win, he wins by fall on mat 7 at 174 pounds by fall over Jacob Covaciu (Indiana). Yet another pin came at 157 on mat 5 where Ben Anderson (Duke) was trailing but pinned Alexander Klucker (Lock Haven).

12:05 p.m. And we got whistles here at the NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. The ten pigtail matches will commence and then the 160 opening round bouts. Television on ESPNU, the crowd is a slow-filing in one right now. Remember pigtail matches this year feature the 32nd seed against the 33rd seed for the right to face the top seed.

10:05 a.m. The skin check and weigh-in process for day one of the championships has concluded. We will find out shortly if there were any scratches in addition to the two that happened in the previous three days. Ohio State is the only team to start the tournament with all ten wrestlers qualifying, while pre-tournament favorite Penn State is among seven working with nine total (as do Oklahoma State and Iowa), with six other schools having eight each in the bracket.

9:50 a.m. Thanks for reading InterMat's running notebook. Wrestling starts at noon ET today.


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vjbg8r (1) about 5 months ago
What are the weight allowances on days 2 and 3?