WHAT: 2019 NCAA Wrestling Tournament
WHEN: Session III (Quarterfinals) -- Friday, March 22, 2019
START TIME: 10:00 AM CT
WHERE: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA)
ONLINE: WatchESPN / ESPN3
RADIO: Hawkeye All-Access; AM 800 near Iowa City or iHeart Radio (online)
There were a few slip-ups late in the second round that kept Iowa from another perfect round, but they still went 7-2 in the second round and placed more wrestlers in the quarterfinals than any other team. We're not gonna turn our noses up at that. You can get a full recap of the R2 action right here. Now it's time for the quarterfinals (plus two rounds of consolation action).
The quarterfinals are maybe the best round of the entire tournament. You've got four matches going at once at each weight, all pitting very good wrestlers against one another. You've got big-time drama in the team race as the quarterfinal round is the first one with a lot of points on the line for the winners. There's also big-time individual drama as the winners of the quarterfinal matches guarantee themselves All-America status. All of the winners obviously have bigger, national title-shaped aspirations, too, but earning All-America honors is still an enormous accomplishment. So much action, so much drama... hard to beat the quarterfinals.
1) 32.5 -- Penn State (6 in QF)
2) 25.0 -- Ohio State (5 in QF)
3) 24.0 -- Iowa (7 in QF)
4) 20.0 -- Minnesota (4 in QF)
4) 20.0 -- Oklahoma State (4 in QF)
Here's what's on deck for Iowa in the Quarterfinals this morning:
|125||#3 Spencer Lee||vs||#6 Sean Russell (Minnesota)|
|133||#7 Austin DeSanto||vs||#2 Stevan Micic (Michigan)|
|141||#22 Max Murin||vs||#3 Nick Lee (Penn State)|
|149||#10 Pat Lugo||vs||#2 Micah Jordan (Ohio State)|
|157||#6 Kaleb Young||vs||#3 Ryan Deakin (Northwestern)|
|165||#1 Alex Marinelli||vs||#8 Mekhi Lewis (Virginia Tech)|
|285||#28 Sam Stoll||vs||#4 Jordan Wood (Lehigh)|
And here's what's on tap for Iowa in the first consolation matches this morning:
|184||#12 Cash Wilcke||vs||#22 Mason Reinhardt (Wisconsin)|
|197||#5 Jacob Warner||vs||#27 Joshua Roetman (Navy)|
Reminder: if Wilcke and Warner win those matches, they'll wrestle again this session. (If they lose, their tournaments -- and their entire seasons -- are sadly over.) If they win that second match then they'll be in the Round of 12 this evening; the winners of those matches also lock up All-America honors.
I'll be posting results and discussion in the comments, but feel free to join in, too.
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