Gross comes from behind to defeat Rivera, finals set at Midlands

Seth Gross edged Sebastian Rivera in the semifinals of the Midlands Championships (Photo/Mark Lundy,

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Wisconsin's Seth Gross will get an opportunity to avenge his only college loss at 133 pounds since March of 2017.

The 2018 NCAA champion came from came from behind late to defeat Northwestern All-American Sebastian Rivera, 8-7, in the semifinals of the 57th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships Monday afternoon.

Gross will now face top-ranked Austin DeSanto of Iowa in tonight's finals at 133 pounds. DeSanto earned a 6-2 victory over Gross on Dec. 1 in Iowa City.

In the semifinals, Gross found himself trailing by four in the third period against the third-ranked Rivera. After a scoreless first period, Rivera scored two takedowns in the second period and added a third takedown early in the third period to go up 6-2.

With Rivera riding, Gross was able to get to his feet and throw Rivera to his back on the edge of the mat, earning two points for the reversal and four points for the nearfall, which put Gross up by two. Gross then rode Rivera but was warned for stalling with just over a minute remaining. With 12 seconds left Gross was called again for stalling, giving Rivera a point to make the score 8-7. A short time later, Rivera was awarded a reversal. However, the reversal was eventually waved off after video review, giving Gross the one-point win.

Iowa advanced seven wrestlers to the finals and leads the team race. Iowa's two-time NCAA champion Spencer Lee forfeited in the semifinals at 125 pounds.

The biggest surprise came at 157 pounds where unranked Markus Hartman of Army West Point advanced to the finals with a victory over No. 10 Anthony Artalona. Earlier in the tournament, Hartman knocked off top-seeded Quincy Monday of Princeton, ranked No. 5 by InterMat.

At 165 pounds, No. 6 David McFadden of Virginia Tech scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds to defeat No. 3 Evan Wick of Wisconsin. McFadden will now face No. 2 Alex Marinelli of Iowa in the finals.

Tonight's final session is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time/8 p.m. ET. The finals will start at 141 pounds and conclude at 133 pounds.

Semifinal results

No. 10 Michael DeAugustino Northwestern) by medical forfeit over No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa)
No. 3 Pat Glory (Princeton) by injury default over No. 8 Brock Hudkins (Indiana)

No. 1 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) dec. No. 9 Travis Piotrowski (Illinois), 10-4
No. 2 Seth Gross (Wisconsin) dec. No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Northwestern), 8-7

No. 8 Max Murin (Iowa) dec. No. 17 Shakur Laney (Ohio), 4-0
No. 7 Josh Heil (Campbell) dec. No. 9 Tristan Moran (Wisconsin), 4-2

No. 1 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) dec. Vincent Turk (Iowa), 3-1 SV
No. 3 Pat Lugo (Iowa) dec. No. 7 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa), 3-2

Markus Hartman (Army West Point) dec. No. 10 Anthony Artalona (Penn), 9-8
No. 8 Kaleb Young (Iowa) pinned No. 9 Kendall Coleman (Purdue), 7:57

No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) dec. No. 15 Zach Hartman (Bucknell), 8-3
No. 6 David McFadden (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 3 Evan Wick (Wisconsin), 6-5

No. 4 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) dec. No. 11 Ben Harvey (Army West Point), 3-1 SV
No. 5 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. No. 10 Joey Gunther (Illinois), 9-1

No. 4 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) maj. dec. Andrew Morgan (Campbell), 11-3
Abe Assad (Iowa) pinned Zachary Braunagel (Illinois), 2:05

No. 16 Jay Aiello (Virginia) dec. No. 2 Jacob Warner (Iowa), 9-7
No. 8 Christian Brunner (Purdue) dec. No. 3 Pat Brucki (Princeton), 4-3

No. 4 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) dec. No. 15 Carter Isley (Northern Iowa), 11-5
No. 8 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) dec. No. 5 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin), 6-1

Finals matchups

125: No. 3 Pat Glory (Princeton) vs. No. 10 Michael DeAugustino Northwestern)
133: No. 1 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) vs. No. 2 Seth Gross (Wisconsin)
141: No. 7 Josh Heil (Campbell) vs. No. 8 Max Murin (Iowa)
149: No. 1 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) vs. No. 3 Pat Lugo (Iowa)
157: No. 8 Kaleb Young (Iowa) vs. Markus Hartman (Army West Point)
165: No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) vs. No. 6 David McFadden (Virginia Tech)
174: No. 4 Dylan Lydy (Purdue) vs. No. 5 Bryce Steiert (Northern Iowa)
184: No. 4 Taylor Lujan (Northern Iowa) vs. Abe Assad (Iowa)
197: No. 8 Christian Brunner (Purdue) vs. No. 16 Jay Aiello (Virginia)
285: No. 4 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) vs. No. 8 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan)


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Fitnesstraining4u (1) about 11 months ago
SeaBass got screwed twice in that match, maybe even 3 times. He definitely should have won.
Randy176 (1) about 11 months ago
They were all reviewed in his home gym not sure you can say he was screwed but if he doesn't get tossed for 6he wins easily