2021 NCAA Wrestling: Session II Open Thread

By RossWB on March 18, 2021 at 4:57 pm
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WHAT: 2021 NCAA Wrestling Tournament -- Session II
WHEN: 5 PM Central
WHERE: Enterprise Center (St. Louis, MO) 
TV: ESPN2
ONLINE: ESPN3.com/WatchESPN, ESPN app
RADIO: 800 AM KXIC, iHeart.com, iHeart Radio app 

Your best source of live scoring is here

FIRST ROUND

WT WINNER RESULT LOSER
125 #1 Spencer Lee TECH FALL (16-1; 1:33) #32 Patrick McCormick (Virginia)
133 #4 Austin DeSanto TECH FALL (19-4; 4:34) #29 Paul Bianchi (Little Rock)
141 #1 Jaydin Eierman TECH FALL (20-5; 6:19) #32 Cayden Rooks (Indiana)
149 #12 Max Murin DEC (8-7) #21 Graham Rooks (Indiana)
157 #5 Kaleb Young MAJ DEC (10-2) #28 Caleb Licking (Nebraska)
165 #1 Alex Marinelli MAJ DEC (19-6) #33 Austin Yant (UNI)
174 #1 Michael Kemerer TECH FALL (23-7; 4:08) #32 Drew Hughes (Michigan State)
184 #12 Nelson Brands DEC (8-6) #21 Dominic Ducharme (CSU-Bakersfield)
197 #5 Jacob Warner DEC (9-7 SV) #28 Nick Reenan (NC State)
285 #5 Tony Cassioppi MAJ DEC (9-1) #28 Jon Spaulding (Edinboro)

Iowa went 10-0 in the first round, the first time they've managed that feat since 1992 (!), amazingly enough. Seven of those wins featured bonus points, headlined by tech falls from Spencer Lee, Austin DeSanto, Jaydin Eierman, and Michael Kemerer, but the three wins without bonus points weren't easy. Murin won 8-7 on a late takedown and a riding time point, while Brands hung on for an 8-6 victory at 184. The most dramatic win was at 197, where Warner found himself in an early 6-0 hole after giving up a big move and nearly getting pinned. He clawed his way back with a reversal, an escape, and a stall point, before finally getting a takedown (and a fleeing the mat penalty against Reenan) with just seconds left in the third period. He then got the winning takedown in sudden victory to complete the comeback. That was a hell of a comeback win and hopefully it fires up Warner for some better performances moving forward in the tournament. 

SECOND ROUND

WT IOWA VS OPPONENT
125 #1 Spencer Lee, 8-0 vs #17 Killian Cardinale, 13-4 (West Virginia)
133 #4 Austin DeSanto, 8-1 vs #20 Ryan Sullivan, 8-3 (West Virginia)
141 #1 Jaydin Eierman, 9-0 vs #16 Cole Matthews, 7-5 (Pitt)
149 #12 Max Murin, 5-3 vs #5 Ridge Lovett, 9-1 (Nebraska)
157 #5 Kaleb Young, 6-1 vs #12 Brady Berge, 9-2 (Penn State)
165 #1 Alex Marinelli, 6-0 vs #17 Thomas Bullard, 6-5 (NC State)
174 #1 Michael Kemerer, 8-0 vs #17 Benjamin Pasiuk, 6-0 (Army)
184 #12 Nelson Brands, 8-4 vs #5 Hunter Bolen, 10-1 (Virginia Tech)
197 #5 Jacob Warner, 9-2 vs #12 Lucas Davison, 8-3 (Northwestern)
285 #5 Tony Cassioppi, 9-2 vs #21 Tate Orndorff, 8-8 (Ohio State)

Things get tougher in the second round, as you'd expect, though especially so at 149 and 184 where Murin and Brands will have to tangle with the #5 seeds at those respective weights. Murin gets a rematch with the wrestler who knocked him out of the championship bracket at the Big Ten Tournament, while Brands gets one of the top guys at 184 lbs. Iowa should be favored in every other second round match, though, with bonus point potential in several. The 5/12 match at 157 between Young and Berge is likely closer to a coin-flip and is an early head-to-head match between the two teams leading the team race so far. 

TEAM SCORE

PLACE PTS TEAM
1 19.0 Iowa
2 17.0 Penn State
3 14.0 Missouri
4 13.0 Arizona State
4 13.0 NC State

It's not worth getting too excited about the team score at this point -- only a handful of points have been handed out so far -- but for what it's worth, Iowa is in the lead. Penn State is hot on their heels thanks to an 8-1 showing in the first round and they've matched Iowa in bonus points (four technical falls, three major decisions) thus far. 

I'll post results in the comments and I'll try to update mat assignments there, too, but the best place for live commentary is going to be our Discord server, so join up and have some fun with us, why don't you? 

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