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NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships Running Notebook: Semifinals

Cal Poly's Bernie Truax will face top-seeded Michael Kemerer of Iowa in the semifinals (Photo/Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.com)

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9:50 p.m. CT That concludes the semifinal matches. Thanks for following InterMat's running notebook.

9:49 p.m. CT No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) scored early and often in picking up a 16-6 major decision over No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa) in the semifinals. He will face Parris in a rematch from the Big Ten finals.

9:45 p.m. CT No. 2 Mason Parris (Michigan) continues his dominance. He raced out to a 7-1 lead before using an arm bar to turn No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State) for the fall in the second period.

9:35 p.m. CT Semifinals at 285 pounds ...
No. 1 Gable Steveson (Minnesota) vs. No. 5 Tony Cassioppi (Iowa)
No. 2 Mason Parris (Michigan) vs. No. 6 Gannon Gremmel (Iowa State)

9:33 p.m. CT No. 4 A.J. Ferrari (Oklahoma State), a true freshman, was impressive in picking up a 5-1 win over No. 1 Myles Amine (Michigan) at 197 pounds. Ferrari picked up an early takedown and led 2-1 at the break. He extended his lead to 3-1 in the second period after an escape. In the third period, he rode out the Olympian Amine the entire period, picking up a caution and riding time point to win by four.

9:25 p.m. CT No. 6 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) controlled No. 26 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma) in picking up a 4-1 in the semifinals at 197 pounds. Bonaccorsi scored a first-period takedown and rode out Woodley in the third period. He picked up an escape in the third period and added a riding time point.

9:14 p.m. CT Semifinals at 197 pounds ...
No. 1 Myles Amine (Michigan) vs. No. 4 A.J. Ferrari (Oklahoma State)
No. 6 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh) vs. No. 26 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma)

9:11 p.m. CT No. 2 Trent Hidlay (NC State) edges No. 6 John Poznanski (Rutgers) 2-1 in the first tiebreaker to reach the finals at 184 pounds against Brooks. Hidlay rode out Poznanski in the tiebraker and then picked up an escape, which turned out to be the difference.

9:07 p.m. CT No. 1 Aaron Brooks (Penn State) advances to the finals with a 6-4 win over No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (Northern Iowa) in the semifinals at 184 pounds. Brooks picked up takedowns in each of the first two periods and led 5-1 into the third period. Keckeisen, who was undefeated entering the match, would secure a late takedown, but Brooks would add a riding time point and win by two.

8:54 p.m. CT Semifinals at 184 pounds ...
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)

8:53 p.m. CT No. 1 Michael Kemerer (Iowa) cruised to the finals at 174 pounds with an 8-1 win over No. 12 Bernie Truax (Cal Poly). Kemerer controlled the match from start to finish. He picked up two first-period takedowns. He added a third takedown late in the match when Truax tried a desperation throw. Kemerer will now meet the freshman Starocci in the finals in a rematch from the Big Ten finals.

8:52 p.m. CT No. 3 Carter Starocci (Penn State) turned in a strong performance, shutting out No. 2 Demetrius Romero (Utah Valley) 2-0 to advance to the finals at 174 pounds. He led 1-0 after two periods and then rode out Romero in the final period to earn a riding time point.

8:38 p.m. CT Semifinals at 174 pounds ...
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)

8:37 p.m. CT No. 3 Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh) defeats No. 7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State) 4-2 in the other semifinal at 165 pounds. Smith scored the first takedown and led after the first period. But Wentzel used a strong ride -- and picked up a reversal -- to help him earn the victory.

8:35 p.m. CT Stanford has a finalist. No. 8 Shane Griffith defeats No. 5 Zach Hartman (Bucknell) 9-2 to reach the finals at 165 pounds. With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, Griffth threw Hartman to his back, scoring six points -- and adding a riding time point -- to win by seven.

8:20 p.m. CT Semifinals at 165 pounds ...
No. 5 Zach Hartman (Bucknell) vs. No. 8 Shane Griffith (Stanford)
No. 3 Jake Wentzel (Pittsburgh) vs. No. 7 Ethan Smith (Ohio State)

8:18 p.m. CT No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State) was impressive in picking up a 6-4 win over No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (NC State). Carr scored a takedown late in the first period. He added an escape in the second period to go up 3-0. Hidlay escaped in the third to make it 3-1 before Carr scored another takedown to lead 5-1. Hidlay earned a reversal, but Carr escaped and held on for the win.

8:14 p.m. CT No. 4 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider) pins No. 1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) to advance to the finals at 157 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Dellavecchia turned Deakin early in the second period and picked up the fall.

8:06 p.m. CT Semifinals at 157 pounds ...
No. 1 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern) vs. No. 4 Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider)
No. 2 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) vs. No. 3 David Carr (Iowa State)

8:04 p.m. CT No. 2 Austin O'Connor (North Carolina) rode out No. 3 Brock Mauller (Missouri) in the first tiebreaker period to earn a 2-1 victory, setting up a finals meeting with Sasso in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2.

7:56 p.m. CT No. 1 Sammy Sasso (Ohio State) locks up a cradle on No. 4 Boo Lewallen (Oklahoma State) and gets the fall to advance to the finals at 149 pounds. The score was tied 2-2 in the second period before Sasso locked up the cradle and earned the fall.

7:48 p.m. CT Semifinals at 149 pounds ...
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)

7:46 p.m. CT No. 2 Nick Lee (Penn State) becomes Penn State's second finalist after claiming a 9-3 win over No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) at 141 pounds. Rivera struck first, scoring a takedown in the opening period. Lee came back with a takedown of his own in the second period … and led 4-3 into the third period. With 30 seconds left in the match, Lee pulled away, scoring a takedown and two nearfall points, while adding a riding time point to win by six.

7:42 p.m. CT No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) gets a first-period fall over No. 4 Tariq Wilson (NC State) to advance to the finals at 141 pounds. Wilson took a low-level attack but Eierman countered, hipped over and pinned the NC State wrestler.

7:36 p.m. CT Semifinals at 141 pounds ...
No. 1 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) vs. No. 4 Tariq Wilson (NC State)
No. 2 Nick Lee (Penn State) vs. No. 3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers)

7:32 p.m. CT No. 2 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) is into the finals at 133 pounds. He registers a 5-3 victory over No. 3 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech). With the score tied 2-2 in the third period, RBY scored a slick takedown with a minute remaining in the match to go up 4-2. He would add a riding time point.

7:29 p.m. CT No. 1 Daton Fix (Oklahoma State), a 2019 NCAA runner-up, edges No. 4 Austin DeSanto (Iowa) 3-2 to move into the finals at 133 pounds. Fix scored a takedown in the first period, which proved to be the difference in the match. Fix held off DeSanto's late charge.

7:20 p.m. CT Semifinals at 133 pounds ...
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)

7:15 p.m. CT No. 3 Brandon Courtney (Arizona State) tops No. 7 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) 2-1 in tiebreaker in the other semifinal match at 125 pounds. The two wrestlers traded escapes in the second and third periods. In tiebreaker, Courtney rode out LaMont ... and then earned an escape, which was enough to give him the victory.

7:14 p.m. CT No. 1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) cruises to a major decision shutout (11-0) over No. 4 Drew Hildebrandt (Central Michigan) to advance to the finals. Lee scored a takedown in the first period and tilted Hildebrandt for four points to go up 6-0. He would add a late takedown while shutting down Hildebrandt.

7:03 p.m. CT Semifinals at 125 pounds ...
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)

7:01 p.m. CT The semifinal matches will be on mats 2 and 4.

6:36 p.m. CT InterMat will be providing a running notebook throughout the semifinals, which will begin at 7 p.m. CT.

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Oricalde21 (1) about 3 weeks ago
Terrible ref in the Courtney/Lamont match.
ban basketball (1) about 3 weeks ago
The other observation that I can't help but note is how El Jefe was so right on Pittsburgh, or as Brent Musburger says, "Picksburg."