2017 NCAA Quarterfinal Highlights

125 pounds

#1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) pinned #8 Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State), 6:04 — The Hawkeye had just scored his third takedown to take a 9-4 lead before catching the Cowboy on his back and scored his first pin of the NCAAs. Piccininni caught the Hawkeye in 2-point tilt to start the second period and tied the bout 2-2 before Gilman scored a takedown and two-point nearfall with three seconds left in the second period.

#4 Darian Cruz (Lehigh) dec. #12 Sean Fausz (NC State) 5-2 — The Mountain Hawk scored a first-period takedown, second-period reversal and built up a 2:11 riding time advantage over the Wolfpack wrestler.

#6 Ethan Lizak (Minnesota) won by TF over #14 Freddie Rodriguez (SIU-Edwardsville) 15-0 — The Gopher led just 5-0 on a pair of takedowns at the end of the second period when he twice put Rodriguez on his back in the final two minutes.

#10 Jack Mueller (Virginia) dec. #2 Joey Dance (Va Tech), 4-2 sv — In a battle of Commonwealth state foes, the Cavalier forced overtime when he scored a reversal with 13 seconds left in regulation, then earned the upset on a takedown off a snapdown with 20 ticks left in overtime.

133 pounds

#1 Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) dec. #8 Zane Richards (Illinois), 3-1 — The top-ranked Buckeye scored the bout’s only takedown on a double with 38 seconds left.

#4 Cory Clark (Iowa) dec. #5 Stevan Micic (Michigan) 6-4 — The Hawkeye gave up a quick takedown, but then reversed the Wolverine and built up 1:56 of his eventual 3:16 riding time advantage in the first period. Clark added a takedown in the second period to lead 5-2 before Micic added two escapes.

#3 Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) dec. #11 Bryan Lantry (Buffalo), 7-3 — The young Cowboy scored two of his takedowns in the first period, the second coming with seven seconds left in the first frame.

#2 Seth Gross (South Dakota State) major dec. #7 Eric Montoya (Nebraska) 11-0 — The Jackrabbit put the Husker on his back three times, including the first period when Gross took Montoya to his back and 6-0 lead. Gross also added a 3:28 riding time advantage.

141 pounds

#1 Dean Heil (Oklahoma State) dec. #8 Jaydin Eiermann (Missouri), 6-5 — A 1:13 riding time advantage by the defending national champion sent the Cowboy to the semifinals after the Tiger battled back from a 4-1 deficit with three escapes and a takedown as the match ended. Heil scored both of his takedowns in the first 1:30 of the match.

#5 Anthony Ashnault (Rutgers) dec. #4 Matt Kolodzik (Princeton), 6-2 — The Scarlet Knight clinched the match on a takedown with 1:30 left and added a 2:25 riding time advantage. After a scoreless first period, Ashnault put the first points on the board when he caught the Tiger in a two-point tilt early in the second frame.

#6 George DiCamillo (Virginia) dec. #14 Thomas Thorn (Minnesota), 5-2 — The Cavalier earned his point off a first-period takedown, stalling call against the Gopher, an escape and a 2:26 riding time advantage,

#10 Bryce Meredith (Wyoming) dec. #2 Kevin Jack (NC State), 6-5 — In a battle of former NC State teammates, the defending national runner-up — who transferred back to his homestate school two years ago — scored a takedown with 35 seconds left to take a 6-3 lead before giving up a reversal to Jack. Meredith scored his first two points in the second period when he caught the Wolfpack junior in cradle.

149 pounds

#1 Zain Retherford (Penn State) won by TF over UNSEEDED Alex Kocer (South Dakota State), 19-2 (5:14) — The Nittany Lion ended the bout with with his fourth takedown, but eight of his points came at the end of the second period when Retherford caught Kocer in a pair of four-point nearfalls.

#5 Brandon Sorensen (Iowa) dec. #4 Micah Jordan (Ohio State), 3-0 — After a scoreless first period, Jordan chose neutral in the second period where the Hawkeye scored the bout’s only takedown on a low double with 48 seconds left.

#3 Lavion Mayes (Missouri) dec. #6 Solomon Chishko (Va Tech), 4-2 — A double-leg takedown midway in the third period gave the Tiger a 3-0 lead before holding off the Hokie’s late charge. Mayes also built up a 2:44 riding time advantage.

#7 Max Thomsen (Northern Iowa) dec. #15 Ken Theobold (Rutgers), 5-1 — The Panther scored the first points in the second period when he caught Theobold in a two-point tilt, then added a third-period takedown for a 2:10 riding time advantage.

157 pounds

#1 Jason Nolf (Penn State) pinned UNSEEDED B.J. Clagon (Rider), 4:07 — The Nittany Lion had just put the Bronco on his back for a four-point nearfall and 8-0 lead when he returned Clagon to his back and eventual fall. Nolf also scored two first-period takedowns to lead 4-1.

#4 Tyler Berger (Nebraska) dec. #5 Joseph Smith (Oklahoma State) 3-1 sv — The Husker scored the bout’s only takedown 12 seconds into the first overtime period.

#3 Joey Lavallee (Missouri) dec. UNSEEDED Paul Fox (Stanford), 6-2 — The Tiger, who scored pins his first two matches, settled for a decision when Lavallee scored takedowns in the first and third periods.

#7 Dylan Palacio (Cornell) pinned #2 Michael Kemerer (Iowa), 3:28 — Shortly after the Big Red wrestler was warned for stalling, he reversed the Hawkeye to his back with a “Peterson Roll” and scored a stunning fall over the No. 2 seed.

165 pounds

#1 Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) dec. #9 Chandler Rogers (Oklahoma State), 10-5 — Leading just 2-1 after one period, the two-time defending champ opened up the second frame with a four-point nearfall when he snatched Rogers back to his back after the Cowboy sat out. Rogers did fight back to score a takedown with 50 seconds left.

#4 Isaac Jordan (Wisconsin) dec. #5 Chad Walsh (Rider), 7-3 — The Badger scored two of his three takedowns in the first period, then added a third in the final frame that gave Jordan a 2:03 riding time advantage.

#3 Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) dec. #6 Daniel Lewis (Missouri), 6-5 — Down 4-2 after Lewis scored a second-period escape, the Nittany Lion battled back with two third-period takedowns; the final one coming off an inside single with nine seconds left.

#2 Logan Massa (Michigan) dec. #7 Anthony Valencia (Arizona State) 9-0 — In a battle between freshmen, the Wolverine built up over five minutes of riding time advantage after scoring a takedown in both the first and second periods.

174 pounds

#1 Zahid Valencia (Arizona State) dec. #9 Myles Amine (Michigan), 14-8 — The Sun Devil freshman scored five takedowns — two each in the first and second periods — before earning a penalty point and a final point for his 2:25 riding time advantage.

#5 Mark Hall (Penn State) major dec. #4 Zac Epperly (Va Tech), 10-2 — The true freshman from Penn State dominated the first period with a takedown and twice putting the Hokie on his back for an 8-0 lead. Hall gave up a third-period takedown but also enjoyed a 2:23 riding time advantage.

#3 Bo Jordan (Ohio State) dec. #11 Alex Meyer (Iowa), 4-3 — The Buckeye scored the bout-determining takedown with 22 seconds left, then rode out the Hawkeye for the come-from-behind victory. Each wrestler scored reversals in the first two periods of a bout that was tied 2-2 with 1:41 left in the match.

#2 Brian Realbuto (Cornell) pinned #10 Zac Brunson (Illinois), 1:12 — Realbuto added a second pin by the Big Red in the quarterfinals when he took the Illini to his back with two minutes left in the first period before adding the fall.

184 pounds

#1 Gabe Dean (Cornell) dec. #8 Jack Dechow (Old Dominion), 4-3 tb — Not even a video review could overturn this victory that saw the Big Red two-time national champ literally hold on when he rode out Dechow his entire tiebreaker phase. Dean scored the bout’s only takedown before the Monarch quickly scored a reversal. Both men added escapes in the second and third period to force overtime, when Dean scored an escape in the first tiebreaker phase.

#4 Nolan Boyd (Oklahoma State) dec. #12 Drew Foster (Northern Iowa), 11-7 — The Cowboy jumped out to a 6-0 lead when he took the Panther down and added a four-point nearfall with one minute left in the first period, then held on as Foster battled back to pull within 6-4 on a reversal and two-point nearfall in the second period. Both men exchanged later takedowns and added a 1:23 riding time advantage.

#3 Sammy Brooks (Iowa) pinned #11 Emery Parker (Illinois), 6:01 — Trailing 2-1, the Hawkeye was riding the Illini when a scramble ensued that surprisingly put Parker on his back and eventual fall. Parker scored the bout’s only takedown in the first period and he also enjoyed a riding time advantage that was erased by Brooks in the third.

#2 Bo Nickal (Penn State) pinned #7 T.J. Dudley (Nebraska) 4:33 — Leading 4-2 heading into the second period, the two wrestlers exchanged reversals before the Nittany Lion caught the Husker in cradle for the eventual pin.

197 pounds

#1 J’den Cox (Missouri) major dec. #8 Ryan Wolfe (Rider), 10-1 — Cox only led 2-0 after one period — when he scored on a power double with 14 seconds left in the frame — but then added two more takedowns and benefitted from two penalty points over his Bronco foe. The final point came off a 1:42 riding time advantage.

#4 Jared Haught (Va Tech) dec. #5 Matt McCutcheon (Penn State), 7-3 — The Hokie scored two of his three takedowns in the final 1:31 of the first period..

#3 Kollin Moore (Ohio State) major dec. #6 Preston Weigel (Oklahoma State), 13-5 — A fourth takedown by the Buckeye freshman in the closing seconds provided the team bonus point for Ohio State. Moore led 6-1 in the first period off two takedowns and a two-point nearfall.

#2 Brett Pfarr (Minnesota) dec. #10 Kevin Beazley (Old Dominion), 6-0 — The Gopher scored takedowns in the first and third periods and added a 4:39 riding time advantage.


#1 Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) dec. #8 Michael Kroells (Minnesota), 13-7 — The defending champion dominated the first two periods with six takedowns to lead 13-5 before he shut it down in the third frame when the Gopher rode out Snyder and also earned a stalling point in the closing seconds.

#4 Jacob Kasper (Duke) dec. #5 Nick Nevills (Penn State), 3-1 — Despite being 40 pounds lighter than his Penn State foe, Kasper became just the third different Blue Devil to earn All-American honors when he scored the bout’s only takedown on a power double in the second frame.

#3 Ty Walz (Va Tech) major dec. UNSEEDED Conan Jennings (Northwestern), 15-4 — The Hokie built up over three minutes of riding time advantage against the unheralded Wildcat; scoring his final two takedowns off a double leg and ankle pick in the final minute.

#2 Connor Medbery (Wisconsin) dec. #7 Tanner Hall (Arizona State), 5-3 — The Badger scored both of his takedowns in the second period against the Sun Devil, who scored off three escapes.


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