2x CKLV champion Mikey Labriola (Keckeisen/Hidlay photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com/Dean/Bastida photos courtesy of Fantasy College Wrestling)
Day one from the New Orleans Convention Center was excellent! We saw one of the best duals of the year, one that featured a lineup bump and a returning three-time national champion get tested by a freshman. At the same time, Northern Iowa pulled an upset over #3 Ohio State and looks like a tough out from top to bottom. Oh yeah, did we mention top-ranked Penn State showing exactly why there are so good. The Nittany Lions won 18 of 20 matches and earned bonus points in 14 of those contests. And finally, NC State breezed through their half of the pool without a whole lot of resistance.
Below are previews for the blue and red pool finals which take place at 6pm (red) and 8pm (blue) tonight (all times Eastern). Before that, here are the matchups and times for the remaining matches.
2pm - 5th place matches: Cal Poly vs Lock Haven, Oregon State vs Central Michigan
4pm - 3rd place matches: Cornell vs North Carolina, Ohio State vs. Lehigh
Blue Pool Final: #7 Iowa State vs #1 Penn State
125 - Corey Cabanban/Ethan Perryman (Iowa State) vs. Gary Steen (Penn State)
The Cyclones were without starter Kysen Terukina at 125 lbs today but still got a pair of good performances at 285 lbs as true freshman Ethan Perryman put up a good fight before falling to 2022 All-American #10 Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State). Corey Cabanban was called upon in the second bout and knocked off #21 Brett Ungar (Cornell). This was a match after Ungar downed Kaylor. That's a long way of saying that the Cyclones are capable of earning a â€œWâ€ even without Terukina. Gary Steen is looking to pick up his first win of the Duals after losing on a close call in the opener to Central Michigan. With his two losses on the day, Steen's record has dropped below .500.
133 - #21 Ramazan Attasauov (Iowa State) vs. #1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)
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