|125||#1 Thomas Gilman||vs||#4 Darian Cruz (Lehigh)|
|133||#4 Cory Clark||vs||#1 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)|
|149||#5 Brandon Sorensen||vs||#1 Zain Retherford (Penn State)|
|184||#3 Sammy Brooks||vs||#2 Bo Nickal (Penn State)|
Some tough match-ups here. Gilman is 1-0 against Cruz (he beat him 6-2 as a redshirt freshman back in 2014), but that first match was years ago. Still, he has the most favorable match-up of the four Iowa wrestlers in the semis. Clark lost to Tomasello at the Big Ten Tournament finals, 5-4. Sorensen is 0-3 lifetime against Retherford, although he did wrestle him very tightly at the dual this year, losing 9-8 after multiple overtimes. Brooks was pinned in under a minute by Nickal at the dual this year. Let's hope for some Hawkeye revenge in some of these rematches.
|157||#2 Michael Kemerer||vs||May Bethea (Penn)|
|174||#11 Alex Meyer||vs||#7 Kyle Crutchmer (Oklahoma State)|
|197||Cash Wilcke||vs||#10 Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion)|
This a big round of consolations as the winners guarantee All-American status for themselves. The losers, meanwhile, go home having come up just short of being All-Americans, which can be heartbreaking. Kemerer and Wilcke have new opponents, while Meyer has an opponent he's faced many times in the past. Unfortunately he doesn't have a very good record against Crutchmer -- he's 1-3, losing the most recent bouts 11-10 and 5-2. No time like the present to turn things around, though!
As far as the team race...
Unfortunately, the team race is not looking good for anyone except those of a Penn State persuasion. That 15-point lead (16 points on Iowa) is pretty significant, especially with them still having five wrestlers active in the semifinals. Iowa probably needed a perfect quarterfinal round in order to be able to really challenge for the team title; they didn't quite get that. They definitely need a perfect semifinal round in order to retain any hope of winning a team title tomorrow. Iowa still has a mathematical chance at the title, but practically speaking, it doesn't seem like anyone but Penn State is winning this thing unless they get locked in their hotel.
I'll post results and observations in the comments below; feel free to join me!