Army West Point wrestlers pull upsets at Midlands, Iowa leads team race

Anthony Cassioppi is one of 12 quarterfinalists for Iowa (Photo/Mark Lundy,

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- A pair of Army West Point wrestlers, Markus Hartman (157) and Alex Hopkins (197), pulled upsets over wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in the opening session of the 57th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Hartman, a sophomore, stunned top-seeded Quincy Monday of Princeton at 157 pounds, while Hopkins knocked off fourth-seeded Thomas Lane of Cal Poly at 197 pounds.

Monday, ranked No. 5 by InterMat, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after a first-period takedown. Hartman earned an escape in each of the first two periods to tie the match at 2-2 going into the third period. Hartman then rode out Monday the entire third period, erasing the riding time point and sending the match to sudden victory. Just over a minute into sudden victory, Monday fired off a shot and nearly secured a cradle, but Hartman fought it off and scooted behind for the match-winning takedown.

Hopkins used a first-period takedown and nearfall to go up 4-0 on the seventh-ranked Lane. The Cal Poly wrestler mounted a comeback in the third period, but ultimately fell short, 6-5.

Iowa leads the team race and has a dozen wrestlers in the quarterfinals.

Tonight's second session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT, with quarterfinal matchups starting just past 8 p.m. CT. Below are the quarterfinal matchups.

Quarterfinal matchups

No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. Nolan Hellickson (Harvard)
No. 9 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan) vs. No. 10 Michael DeAugustino Northwestern)
No. 8 Brock Hudkins (Indiana) vs. No. 11 Michael Colaiocco (Penn)
No. 3 Pat Glory (Princeton) vs. Chris Cannon (Northwestern)

No. 1 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) vs. Carmen Ferrante (Penn)
No. 9 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois) vs. No. 11 Noah Gonser (Campbell)
No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern) vs. No. 18 Louie Hayes (Virginia)
No. 2 Seth Gross (Wisconsin) vs. Colin Valdiviez (Northwestern)

No. 8 Max Murin (Iowa) vs. Dylan Duncan (Illinois)
No. 12 Michael Blockhus (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 17 Shakur Laney (Ohio)
No. 7 Josh Heil (Campbell) vs. Salvatore Profaci (American)
No. 9 Tristan Moran (Wisconsin) vs. Zach Sherman (North Carolina)

No. 1 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) vs. Jeren Glosser (Iowa)
Vincent Turk (Iowa) vs. Michael Murphy (Virginia)
No. 7 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) vs. Tyshawn Williams (SIUE)
No. 3 Pat Lugo (Iowa) vs. Tres Leon (Cumberlands)

Logan Parks (Central Michigan) vs. Markus Hartman (Army West Point)
No. 10 Anthony Artalona (Penn) vs. No. 19 Justin Ruffin (SIUE)
No. 9 Kendall Coleman (Purdue) vs. No. 20 A.C. Headlee (North Carolina)
No. 8 Kaleb Young (Iowa) vs. Zac Carson (Ohio)

No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) vs. No. 19 Philip Conigliaro (Harvard)
No. 15 Zach Hartman (Bucknell) vs. Jake Keating (Virginia)
No. 6 David McFadden (Virginia Tech) vs. Danny Braunagel (Illinois)
No. 3 Evan Wick (Wisconsin) vs. No. 16 Quentin Perez (Princeton)

No. 4 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) vs. No. 20 Clay Lautt (North Carolina)
No. 11 Ben Harvey (Army West Point) vs. Jacob Covaciu (Indiana)
No. 10 Joey Gunther (Illinois) vs. Jared Krattiger (Wisconsin)
No. 5 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) vs. Victor Marcelli (Virginia)

No. 4 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) vs. No. 20 Johnny Sebastian (Northwestern)
No. 12 Noah Stewart (Army West Point) vs. Andrew Morgan (Campbell)
No. 10 Tanner Harvey (American) vs. Abe Assad (Iowa)
No. 14 Nelson Brands (Iowa) vs. Zachary Braunagel (Illinois)

No. 2 Jacob Warner (Iowa) vs. Gage Braun (Northern Illinois)
No. 16 Jay Aiello (Virginia) vs. Alex Hopkins (Army West Point)
No. 8 Christian Brunner (Purdue) vs. Lucas Davison (Northwestern)
No. 3 Pat Brucki (Princeton) vs. Drew Phipps (Bucknell)

No. 4 Anthony Cassioppi (Iowa) vs. Zach Elam (Missouri)
No. 12 Jere Heino (Campbell) vs. No. 15 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa)
No. 8 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) vs. Yaraslau Slavikouski (Harvard)
No. 5 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin) vs. Bobby Heald (Army West Point)


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