Penn State extends lead, Dake, Taylor cruise to quarters

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two-time defending national champion Penn State extended its lead at Session II of the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships after four Nittany Lion wrestlers from 157 pounds through 184 pounds earned bonus points in their second-round matches.

Penn State has six quarterfinalists and sits 3.5 points in front of second-place Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have seven quarterfinalists, which is more than any other school, and have all ten wrestlers alive heading into Friday's competition.

Minnesota remained in third place in the team standings, five points behind Oklahoma State, despite a tough second round that saw All-Americans Dylan Ness (149) and Kevin Steinhaus (184) lose. The Gophers advanced five wrestlers to the quarterfinals.

Iowa put six wrestlers in the quarterfinals and sits in fourth place, two points behind third-place Minnesota and 10.5 points behind first-place Penn State. Oregon State is in fifth place, six points behind Iowa. Missouri and Ohio State are tied for sixth.

The 157-pound weight class saw its third top-five seed fall on Thursday when fifth-seeded James Fleming lost 4-0 to Virginia's Jedd Moore. No. 3 Joey Napoli of Lehigh and No. 4 James Green of Nebraska lost in Thursday morning's Session I. Napoli was knocked out the tournament in Session II when Minnesota's Danny Zilverberg defeated the Lehigh wrestler 7-1.

Eight unseeded wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals.

Nahshon Garrett was one of six freshmen to advance to the quarterfinals (Photo/John Sachs,
Six freshmen earned berths in the quarterfinals: Nahshon Garrett of Cornell (125), Nathan Kraisser of North Carolina (125), Cody Brewer of Oklahoma (133), Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State (157), Taylor Massa of Michigan (165), and Tanner Weatherman of Iowa State (174).

Thursday's total attendance was 32,262.

Below is a weight class-by-weight class summary of results from the second round.

125: Unseeded Dominic Parisi of Appalachian State picked up his second win over a seeded wrestler when he downed Wyoming Tyler Cox, 5-4. Parisi's quarterfinal opponent will be Penn State's Nico Megaludis, who advanced with a 5-2 victory over Central Michigan's Christian Cullinan. The rest of the 125-pound matches were won by higher seeded wrestlers. Top-seeded and undefeated Alan Waters of Missouri was pushed by Michigan's Sean Boyle, but came away with the 4-2 victory.

133: All eight higher seeded wrestlers moved onto the quarterfinals. The top two seeds, Logan Stieber of Ohio State and Tony Ramos of Iowa picked up pins. Stieber will meet Oklahoma's Cody Brewer in the quarterfinals. Brewer notched a win over Stieber in freestyle two years ago at the FILA Junior Nationals. Ramos will meet Oklahoma State's Jon Morrison, who reached the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Central Michigan's Scotti Sentes.

141: Richard Durso of Franklin & Marshall's punched his ticket to the quarterfinals by edging Minnesota's Nick Dardanes 5-4 in tiebreaker. With the win, Durso improved to 39-3 on the season. Durso will face a tall order in his next match as he meets top-seeded and undefeated Hunter Stieber of Ohio State. Stieber advanced with a 7-3 win over All-American Steven Keith of Harvard.

Missouri's Drake Houdashelt defeated NCAA runner-up Dylan Ness of Minnesota (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)
149: Missouri's unseeded Drake Houdashelt picked up his second win of the day over a seeded Big Ten wrestler by beating NCAA runner-up Dylan Ness of Minnesota. Houdashelt and Ness were tied 2-2 in the third period before the Missouri Tiger earned a takedown with 12 seconds left to get the 5-2 victory after securing a riding time point in the closing seconds. Interestingly, Houdashelt will face another unseeded wrestler, Kevin Tao of American, in the quarterfinals. Tao, who knocked off third-seeded Donnie Vinson of Binghamton in the opening round, moved on with a 9-3 win over Raymond Borja of Navy.

157: Virginia's Jedd Moore, seeded 12th, upset fifth-seeded James Fleming of Clarion, 4-0. He will meet surprise quarterfinalist David Bonin of Northern Iowa, who advanced with a 4-0 victory over Missouri's Kyle Bradley. Bonin was one of three unseeded wrestlers to reach the quarterfinals at this weight class, along with Boise State's Georgi Ivanov and Ohio State's Josh Demas.

Kyle Dake (Photo/John Sachs,
165: Michigan freshman Taylor Massa moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5 victory over fifth-seeded Steven Monk of North Dakota State. Massa, the nation's No. 2 recruit in the Class of 2012, is one of six freshmen who advanced to the quarterfinals, and one of only two true freshmen to advance. The top two seeds, Kyle Dake of Cornell and David Taylor Penn State, earned bonus-point victories. Dake blanked Indian's Ryan LeBlanc 10-0, which was his second shutout victory of the day. Taylor earned his second first-period pin of the day by decking Appalachian State's Zac Strickland at 2:42.

174: Iowa State's unseeded Tanner Weatherman earned a thrilling 16-14 victory over seventh-seeded Jordan Blanton. It marked Weatherman's second straight win over a seeded Big Ten wrestler after beating Michigan's Dan Yates in the opening round. Blanton was the only top-eight seeded who failed to advance to the quarterfinals at 174 pounds.

184: Pitt's Max Thomusseit continued his impressive run in the bracket by defeating Nebraska All-American Josh Ihnen, 3-1. (Thomusseit defeated ninth-seeded Chris Chionuma of Oklahoma State earlier in the day. Iowa's Ethen Lofthouse earned a takedown in the finals 25 seconds to edge Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus 3-2 in a battle of returning All-Americans. The top four seeds advanced to the quarterfinals.

197: Oklahoma State's Blake Rosholt, seeded 11th, won a tight battle, 8-7, over Iowa State's Kyven Gadson. Rosholt had lost three previous meetings this season to Gadson. Tenth-seeded Scott Schiller of Minnesota defeated seventh-seeded Nate Scheidel of Binghamton, 9-5.

285: It was chalk at the top of the heavyweight division as the top five seeds advanced to the quarterfinals. Iowa's Bobby Telford, seeded sixth, lost by injury default to Boise State's J.T. Felix. Tenth-seeded Jarod Trice of Central Michigan topped Wisconsin's seventh-seeded Connor Medbery, 6-4.

Team Standings (Top Ten)
1. Penn State 32.5
2. Oklahoma State 29
3. Minnesota 24
4. Iowa 22
5. Oregon State 16
6. Missouri 14.5
6. Ohio State 14.5
8. Nebraska 13.5
9. Oklahoma 13
10. Boise State 12
10. Cornell 12


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