2022 NCAA Wrestling Tournament: Semifinals Open Thread + Results

By RossWB on March 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm
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WHAT: 2022 Big Ten Wrestling Tournament
WHEN: Friday, March 18
Session IV -- 7:00 PM CT
WHERE: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, MI)
TV: ESPN
RADIO: iHeart Radio | AM 800 KXIC
STREAM: WatchESPN
MOBILE: WatchESPN
TWITTER: @Hawks_Wrestling | @IowaWRLive@IowaAwesome | @IowaOnBTN

NOTE: Don't forget to follow all the action during the game and chat with your fellow Iowa fans in the Go Iowa Awesome discord! (More info here.)

Updated brackets here

TEAM SCORE

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

Quarterfinals

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

Semifinals

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. 

Go Hawks. 

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. 

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