Dake, Taylor move one step closer to showdown

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Returning NCAA champions Kyle Dake of Cornell and David Taylor of Penn State moved one step closer to a potential showdown on Saturday night at the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Both Dake and Taylor earned bonus-point victories in their quarterfinal matches at 165 pounds on Friday morning. Dake registered his third straight shutout, defeating Virginia's Nick Sulzer 13-0. The Big Red senior has outscored his competition 26-0 over the past two days. Taylor, the returning Dan Hodge Trophy winner, now has three pins in three matches after a 24-second pin in the quarterfinals over Conrad Polz of Illinois.

Dake will meet Oklahoma State's Tyler Caldwell tonight. The two wrestlers met at the Grapple at the Garden in December, with Dake winning 4-1. Taylor's semifinal opponent will be Virginia Tech's Peter Yates, who needed overtime to edge Minnesota's Cody Yohn, 5-3.

Cael Sanderson (Photo/Austin Bernard,
Two-time defending national champion Penn State continues to rack up bonus points and extend its lead in the team standings. The Nittany Lions went 5-1 in the quarterfinals, with all five of their quarterfinal winners earning bonus points. Oklahoma State remains in second place and sits 12 points behind Penn State after Session III. The Cowboys, like the Nittany Lions, have five semifinalists.

Minnesota sits in third place, 16 points behind second-place Oklahoma State. Iowa and Missouri are in fourth and fifth place respectively.

For the first time since 2010 all ten No. 1 seeds advanced to the NCAA semifinals.

Drake Houdashelt of Missouri (149) and David Bonin of Northern Iowa (157) were the lone unseeded wrestlers to advance to the semifinals. Houdashelt topped fellow unseeded wrestler Kevin Tao of American in the quarterfinals, and will now face No. 2 Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the semifinals at 149 pounds. Bonin advanced with a 3-0 shutout over over Virginia's Jedd Moore.

Nahshon Garrett won in sudden victory over Matt McDonough (Photo/Austin Bernard,
Two freshmen, both No. 6 seeds, advanced to the semifinals: Nahshon Garrett of Cornell (125) and Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State (157).

Garrett stunned two-time NCAA champion Matt McDonough of Iowa 4-2 win in sudden victory, avenging a loss from earlier this season. He becomes Cornell's first freshman semifinalist since Kyle Dake in 2010.

Dieringer scored a late takedown to pull ahead and defeat Boise State's Georgi Ivanov, 4-2. He will now meet Iowa's Derek St. John, who advanced to the semifinals with a 4-0 victory over Ohio State's Josh Demas. St. John defeated Dieringer earlier this season, 8-4.

Ten wrestlers will take undefeated records into their semifinals matches: Alan Waters of Missouri (125), Logan Stieber of Ohio State (133), Hunter Stieber of Ohio State (141), Kendric Maple of Oklahoma (141), Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State (149), Dake (165), Ed Ruth of Penn State (184), Ben Bennett of Central Michigan (184), Dustin Kilgore of Kent State (197), and Quentin Wright of Penn State (197).

Team Standings (Top Ten)

1. Penn State 77.5
2. Oklahoma State 65.5
3. Minnesota 49.5
4. Iowa 39
5. Missouri 38.5
6. Cornell 37
7. Ohio State 30.5
8. Edinboro 27
8. Nebraska 27
10. Oregon State 26

Quarterfinal Results

No. 1 Alan Waters (Missouri) dec. No. 8 Matt Snyder (Virginia), 4-0
No. 4 Nico Megaludis (Penn State) maj. dec. Dominic Parisi (Appalachian State), 12-4
No. 6 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell) dec. No. 3 Matt McDonough (Iowa), 4-2 SV
No. 2 Jesse Delgado (Illinois) dec. No. 7 Nathan Kraisser (North Carolina), 10-7

No. 1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) tech. fall No. 8 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma), 17-1
No. 4 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro) dec. No. 5 Chris Dardanes (Minnesota), 11-7
No. 3 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin) dec. No. 6 Nathan McCormick (Missouri), 5-3
No. 2 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. No. 7 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State), 6-1

No. 1 Hunter Stieber (Ohio State) dec. No. 9 Richard Durso (Franklin & Marshall), 9-8
No. 4 Mitchell Port (Edinboro) maj. dec. No. 5 Evan Henderson (North Carolina), 13-5
No. 6 K. Undrakhbayar (The Citadel) dec. No. 3 Michael Mangrum (Oregon State), 3-2 TB1
No. 2 Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) maj. dec. No. 7 Mark Ballweg (Iowa), 12-3

No. 1 Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) maj. dec. No. 9 Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska), 11-3
No. 5 Steve Santos (Columbia) dec. No. 4 Cole VonOhlen (Air Force), 5-4
Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) dec. Kevin Tao (American), 3-2 TB
No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) dec. No. 7 Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State), 2-1 TB

No. 1 Jason Welch (Northwestern) dec. No. 8 Dylan Alton (Penn State), 8-3
David Bonin (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 12 Jedd Moore (Virginia), 3-0
No. 6 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) dec. Georgi Ivanov (Boise State), 6-4
No. 2 Derek St. John (Iowa) dec. Josh Demas (Ohio State), 4-0

No. 1 Kyle Dake (Cornell) maj. dec. No. 8 Nick Sulzer (Virginia), 13-0
No. 4 Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 12 Taylor Massa (Michigan), 3-1
No. 3 Peter Yates (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 11 Cody Yohn (Minnesota), 5-3 SV2
No. 2 David Taylor (Penn State) pinned No. 7 Conrad Polz (Illinois), 0:24

No. 1 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 8 Nick Heflin (Ohio State), 3-2 TB
No. 4 Robert Kokesh (Nebraska) maj. dec. No. 5 Josh Asper (Maryland), 11-3
No. 6 Logan Storley (Minnesota) dec. No. 3 Mike Evans (Iowa), 3-2
No. 2 Matt Brown (Penn State) maj. dec. Tanner Weatherman (Iowa State), 13-5

No. 1 Ed Ruth (Penn State) maj. dec. Max Thomusseit (Pitt), 11-1
No. 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) dec. No. 12 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa), 4-1
No. 3 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) dec. No. 6 Ryan Loder (Northern Iowa), 2-1
No. 2 Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) dec. No. 7 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland),1-0

No. 1 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) dec. No. 8 Micah Burak (Penn), 7-0
No. 5 Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) pinned No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming), 4:54
No. 3 Matt Wilps (Pitt) dec. No. 11 Blake Rosholt (Oklahoma State), 7-1
No. 2 Quentin Wright (Penn State) pinned No. 10 Scott Schiller (Minnesota), 2:49

No. 1 Dom Bradley (Missouri) dec. No. 9 Zac Thomusseit (Pitt), 2-1 TB
No. 5 Mike McMullan (Northwestern) dec. No. 4 Chad Hanke (Oregon State), 5-3
No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 11 J.T. Felix (Boise State), 10-5
No. 2 Tony Nelson (Minnesota) dec. No. 10 Jarod Trice (Central Michigan), 1-0


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krokuskiller (1) about 9 years ago
don't forget kendric maple in your undefeated going into the semi finals
Andrew (1) about 9 years ago
Good catch ... Thanks. It has been corrected.
mrh16 (1) about 9 years ago
David Bonin is also an unseeded wrestler that made it to the semis
foxwit99 (1) about 9 years ago
Fun tournament so far. I am looking forward to Dake v. Taylor (assuming both get by tough opposition in the semis). Dake: 3 wins, outscoring opponents 26-0! Taylor: 3 pins! Yikes!!!