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Iowa extends lead to 16 after quarterfinals, Griffith knocks off No. 1 Marinelli

Austin DeSanto is one of five semifinalists for Iowa (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

ST. LOUIS -- Friday of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships is often referred to as moving day. The winners in the quarterfinals secure themselves All-America status and separation begins in the team score. The Iowa Hawkeyes built on their lead and now have 73.5 team points, which is 16 ahead of second-place Penn State. However, the road back to the title was not without a few bumps.

Stanford's Shane Griffith knocked off No. 1 Alex Marinelli of Iowa (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

At 165 pounds, No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) became the first wrestler seeded No. 1 to lose. In his match against No. 8 Shane Griffith (Stanford), he got in deep on multiple takedown attempts. However, each time Griffith was able to free himself or escape out of bounds. The match went to sudden victory with the score tied at 1-1. In the extra period, Griffith countered an attempt from Marinelli and prevailed in the ensuing scramble to take a 3-1 win and advance.

Overall in the quarterfinals, the Hawkeyes advanced five to the semifinals and went 5-3 in the round. At 125, No. 1 Spencer Lee preserved through a bit of adversity to major conference opponent No. 9 Devin Scroder (Purdue) via a 10-2 score. In the 133-pound class, No. 4 Austin DeSanto poured it on late for the 10-2 major over No. 5 Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh). At 141, No. 1 Jaydin Eierman pinned No. 9 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan) to advance. Veteran No. 1 Michael Kemerer was dominant throughout and scored a 10-2 major over No. 8 Daniel Bullard (North Carolina State). Finally, heavyweight No. 5 Anthony Cassioppi used a third-period takedown to best Greco junior world medalist No. 4 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State) by 3-1 decision.

Penn State's Nick Lee advanced to the semifinals at 141 pounds (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

Penn State advanced four to the semifinals with No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young, No. 2 Nick Lee, No. 3 Carter Starocci and No. 1 Aaron Brooks set to wrestle tonight for a shot in the finals. They went 4-3 in the round.

At 157 pounds, No. 12 Brady Berge (Penn State) had made an impressive run to the quarters. However, there against No. 4 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider), he suffered a knee injury and defaulted out of the match. The injured appeared serious and might mean the end of his participation in the tournament.

Utah Valley's Taylor LaMont earned a spot in the semifinals at 125 pounds (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

Utah Valley, currently sitting in 15th place, advanced two wrestlers to the semifinals. At 125, No. 7 Taylor LaMont upset No. 2 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech) with a 7-4 decision. Then at 174, No. 2 Demetrius Romero took care of business against No. 7 Kaleb Romero (Ohio State) to make the semifinals.

Minnesota's Gable Steveson topped Penn State's Greg Kerkvliet 9-4 (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)

At heavyweight No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) faced off against No. 9 Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State) in a match between former age-group world medalist. Kerkvliet was able to land the first takedown against Steveson this year. However, it was not enough to make it a match, and Steveson advanced with a 9-4 decision. Steveson is currently riding a 32-match winning streak.

Team Standings (Top 10)

1. Iowa 73.5
2. Penn State 57.5
3. Oklahoma State 52
4. NC State 46
5. Missouri 40
6. Michigan 35
7. Ohio State 33
8. Arizona State 31.5
8. Minnesota 31.5
10. Rutgers 27

Semifinal Matchups

125:
No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. No. 4 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan)
No. 3 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) vs. No. 7 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley)

133:
No. 1 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) vs. No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa)
No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) vs. No. 3 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech)

141:
No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) vs. No. 4 Tariq Wilson (NC State)
No. 2 Nick Lee (Penn State) vs. No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers)

149:
No. 1 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) vs. No. 4 Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State)
No. 2 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) vs. No. 3 Brock Mauller (Missouri)

157:
No. 1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) vs. No. 4 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider)
No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) vs. No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State)

165:
No. 5 Zach Hartman (Bucknell) vs. No. 8 Shane Griffith (Stanford)
No. 3 Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh) vs. No. 7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

174:
No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) vs. No. 12 Bernie Truax (Cal Poly)
No. 2 Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley) vs. No. 3 Carter Starocci (Penn State)

184:
No. 1 Aaron Brooks (Penn State) vs. No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa)
No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NC State) vs. No. 6 John Poznanski (Rutgers)

197:
No. 1 Myles Amine (Michigan) vs. No. 4 A.J. Ferrari (Oklahoma State)
No. 6 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) vs. No. 26 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma)

285:
No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) vs. No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa)
No. 2 Mason Parris (Michigan) vs. No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State)

Quarterfinal Results


125:
No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) maj. dec. No. 9 Devin Schroder (Purdue), 10-2
No. 4 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan) dec. No. 5 Brody Teske (Northern Iowa), 4-2 SV1
No. 3 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) dec. No. 6 Jakob Camacho (NC State), 4-2
No. 7 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) dec. No. 2 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech), 7-4

133:
No. 1 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) pinned No. 8 Chris Cannon (Northwestern)
No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) maj. dec. No. 5 Micky Phillippi (Pittsburgh), 13-5
No. 3 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech) dec. No. 6 Matt Schmitt (Missouri), 1-0
No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) dec. No. 10 Louie Hayes (Virginia), 4-1

141:
No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) pinned No. 9 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan), 3:49
No. 4 Tariq Wilson (NC State) dec. No. 21 Real Woods (Stanford), 3-1
No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) dec. No. 6 Allan Hart (Missouri), 7-3
No. 2 Nick Lee (Penn State) maj. dec. No. 10 Zachary Sherman (North Carolina), 11-3

149:
No. 1 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) dec. No. 25 Yahya Thomas (Northwestern), 8-3
No. 4 Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 12 Max Murin (Iowa), 6-4 SV
No. 3 Brock Mauller (Missouri) dec. No. 6 Bryce Andonian (Virginia Tech), 8-3
No. 2 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) dec. No. 7 Jonathan Millner (Appalachian State), 5-2

157:
No. 1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) dec. No. 8 Jared Franek (North Dakota State), 5-4
No. 4 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider) by injury default over No. 12 Brady Berge (Penn State)
No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State) dec. No. 6 Brayton Lee (Minnesota), 4-2 SV1
No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) pinned No. 23 Jacob Wright (Wyoming), 2:33

165:
No. 8 Shane Griffith (Stanford) dec. No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa), 3-1 SV1
No. 5 Zach Hartman (Bucknell) by injury default over No. 4 Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)
No. 3 Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh) dec. No. 6 Keegan O'Toole (Missouri), 9-6
No. 7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State) maj. dec. No. 2 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State), 13-4

174:
No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) maj. dec. No. 8 Daniel Bullard (NC State), 13-4
No. 12 Bernie Truax (Cal Poly) dec. No. 4 Mikey Labriola (Nebraska), 4-2
No. 3 Carter Starocci (Penn State) dec. No. 6 Andrew McNally (Kent State), 6-3
No. 2 Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley) dec. No. 7 Kaleb Romero (Ohio State), 6-0

184:
No. 1 Aaron Brooks (Penn State) dec. No. 8 Taylor Venz (Nebraska), 9-4
No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) dec. No. 5 Hunter Bolen (Virginia Tech), 4-2 SV2
No. 6 John Poznanski (Rutgers) dec. No. 3 Lou DePrez (Binghamton), 8-4
No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NC State) dec. No. 7 Brit Wilson (Northern Illinois), 3-1

197:
No. 1 Myles Amine (Michigan) dec. No. 8 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming), 7-6
No. 4 A.J. Ferrari (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 5 Jacob Warner (Iowa), 3-2
No. 6 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) dec. No. 3 Kordell Norfleet (Arizona State), 4-1
No. 26 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma) dec. No. 15 Michael Beard (Penn State), 8-3

285:
No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) dec. No. 9 Greg Kerkvliet (Penn State), 9-4
No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) dec. No. 4 Cohlton Schultz (Arizona State), 4-1
No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) dec. No. 14 Trent Hillger (Wisconsin), 2-1 TB1
No. 2 Mason Parris (Michigan) maj. dec. No. 7 Ethan Laird (Rider), 14-4

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