North Central 285 lber Robby Bates (Photo/Matthew Eaker; North Central athletics)
Day one of the 2022 NCAA Division III wrestling tournament wrapped up with Wartburg leading the team race. The Knights went 14-1 on the day and picked up 7 All-American awards in the process. Eric Keller's #1 ranked squad punched six of their seven wrestlers into the semifinal round. Led by seniors Kyle Briggs (184) and Brady Kyner (133), the Wartburg Knights have 58 team points. Augsburg follows in 2nd with 45 points. They have 3 All Americans, all sitting in the semifinal round. Wabash ends the day in third with 40.5 points. North Central has 3 in the semis and 4 All Americans to stand fourth. Stevens Tech brought 3 wrestlers and got 3 place finishers to round out the top 5 with 29.5 points.
1 Wartburg College 58.0
2 Augsburg University 45.0
3 Wabash College 40.5
4 North Central College 32.5
5 Stevens Institute Of Technology 29.5
6 Rochester Institute Of Technology 26.5
7 Coe College 24.0
8 Millikin University 22.5
9 University Of Chicago 20.0
10 Baldwin Wallace University 18.0
10 U.S. Coast Guard Academy 18.0
10 University Of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 18.0
9 of the 10 1st seeds survived, but at Heavyweight #1 seed Max Bishop of Wabash was upended by North Central's Robby Bates. Bates then knocked off unseeded Nico Ramirez of Southern Virginia University to earn All American status. Bates is one of three semifinalists for Joe Norton's up-and-coming program.
Sophomore Will Esmoil of Coe College shocked the country with back-to-back upsets at 165 pounds. He defeated previously unbeaten and #2 ranked Dominick Reyes of Johns Hopkins University in the opening round, before pinning seventh seed Chase Schmidt of UW-Eau Claire in the quarterfinal. Esmoil will face Wabash's Kyle Hatch in the semifinal round tomorrow morning.
Averett's Brandon Woody earned his way to the finals with wins over Augsburg's Sam Stuhl and Elmhurst's second-seeded Jim McAuliffe in a thrilling bout. Woody will take on Wartburg's Zayren Terukina for a spot in the finals tomorrow morning.
125- Jacob Decatur (Baldwin Wallace) vs Brady Kyner (Wartburg)
125 - Shandon Akeo (Central College) vs Carlos Champagne (Wabash)
133 - Robbie Precin (North Central) vs Matt Berlin (UW Stevens Point)
133 - Andrew Perelka (John Carroll) Vs Dalton Rohrbaugh (York)
141 - Jordin James ( Mount Union) vs Kyle Slendorn (Stevens Tech)
141 - Zayren Terukina (Wartburg) vs Brandon Woody (Averett)
149 - Brett Kaliner (Stevens Tech) vs Ryan Fleck (Chicago)
149 - Michael Petrella (Baldwin Wallace) vs Kristian Rumph (Wartburg)
157 - Kaidon Winters (RIT) vs Tyler Shilson (Augsburg)
157 - Nathan Lackman (Rhode Island) vs David Hollingsworth (Wartburg)
165 - Braden Birt (Millikin) vs Matt Lackman (Alvernia)
165 - Kyle Hatch (Wabash) vs Will Esmoil (Coe College)
174 - Cornell Beachem (Mount St Joseph) vs Solomon Nielsen (Augsburg)
174 - Michael Ross (JWU) vs Zane Mulder (Wartburg)
184 - Shane Liegel (Loras) vs Jarrit Shinhoster (UW Whitewater)
184 - Paul Detwiler (US Coast Guard) vs Kyle Briggs (Wartburg)
197 - Cody Baldridge ( North Central ) vs Beau Yineman (UW Oshkosh)
197 - Coy Spooner (US Coast Guard) vs Jack Heldt (Wabash)
285 - Robby Bates (North Central) vs Jordan Lemcke (UW Oshkosh)
285 - Tyler Kim (Augsburg) vs Donovan King (Olivet)
Wrestling resumes tomorrow at 10:00 am CST with the finals scheduled for 7:00 pm CST.