WHAT: 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Tournament
WHEN: Friday, March 18
Session IV -- 7:00 PM CT
WHERE: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, MI)
RADIO: iHeart Radio | AM 800 KXIC
TWITTER: @Hawks_Wrestling | @IowaWRLive | @IowaAwesome | @IowaOnBTN
Updated brackets here.
1) 73.0 -- Penn State
2) 62.5 -- Michigan
3) 53.0 -- Arizona State
4) 37.5 -- Iowa
5) 37.0 -- NC State
Quick recap of the early action:
SESSION III MATCHES
133: #5 Austin DeSanto MAJ DEC (9-0) #4 Korbin Myers (Virginia Tech)
149: #1 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) DEC (6-3) #8 Max Murin
165: #6 Cameron Amine (Michigan) DEC (3-1 SV) #3 Alex Marinelli
174: #4 Hayden Hidlay (NC State) DEC (5-3) #5 Michael Kemerer
197: #6 Jacob Warner DEC (2-0) #3 Eric Schultz (Nebraska)
285: #6 Jordan Wood (Lehigh) DEC (3-1 SV) #3 Tony Cassioppi
Just a brutal, miserable, horrible session of action for Iowa. DeSanto looked very good in mowing through Myers. Murin was completely overmatched by Diakomihalis. Kemerer seemed game, but his one-armed bandit routine finally ran out of gas against an opponent as solid as Hidlay. Warner's match wasn't much to watch -- his only points came on a second period ride-out and a third period escape -- but the result was quite satisfying. Marinelli lost in the quarterfinals -- again. That's the third NCAA Tournament in a row for him. Cassioppi's match with Wood came down to a single move -- and the Lehigh man got it in sudden victory. There's more to say about these disappointments, but I think I'll save it until after the tournament is finished.
Consolation Round Matches
125: #14 Jakob Camacho (NC State) DEC (8-5) #13 Drake Ayala
141: #2 Jaydin Eierman DEC (5-3) #17 Dylan D'Emilio (Ohio State)
157: #9 Kaleb Young MAJ DEC (9-1) #23 Markus Hartman (Army)
184: #16 Dakota Geer (Oklahoma State) DEC (5-3 SV) #18 Abe Assad
141: #24 Stevan Micic (Michigan) INJ DEF #2 Jaydin Eierman
157: #1 David Carr (Iowa State) DEC (5-3) Kaleb Young
Eierman and Young won their first consolation matches, but couldn't make it two in a row in the early session. Young had the misfortune of running into 157 lb #1 seed David Carr (who was upset last night) and lost in his second conso match of the day. Eierman was unable to finish his second match of the day and injury defaulted to a loss.
Ayala, Eierman, Young, and Assad are all done at this tournament; none of them will earn All-America honors.
SESSION IV MATCHES
133: #5 Austin DeSanto vs #1 Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State)
197: #6 Jacob Warner vs #2 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming)
DeSanto faces his longtime nemesis in Bravo-Young one last time in each man's college career -- can he finally get that takedown that's eluded him in so many of their recent encounters? Warner beat his own nemesis in Schultz in the quarters and he's made it farther than he's ever been at the NCAA Tournament -- why not go a step further and make the Saturday night finals?
Consolation Round Matches
149: #8 Max Murin vs #6 John Millner (Appalachian State)
165: #3 Alex Marinelli vs #8 Philip Conigliaro (Harvard)
174: #5 Michael Kemerer vs #8 Michael O'Malley (Drexel)
If Murin, Marinelli, and Kemerer win these matches, they'll be guaranteed All-America spots. If they lose, their tournaments are over.
I'll post updates below and on Twitter and Discord, but feel free to join in as well.
Session IV action will air on ESPNU and while they'll show multiple matches at once (probably), they won't necessarily be showing Iowa matches. But all matches will be available via WatchESPN (linked above). I'll try to update match assignments in Discord, but you can also follow @Hawks_Wrestling on Twitter for that info.