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2022 NCAA Division I Championships – 125 Pounds
#1 Nick Suriano (Michigan) pinned #24 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech), 2:19 – Scoring crucial championship bracket advancement and bonus points for the Wolverines, the top-seeded Suriano, leading 4–1, tossed and flattened Latona in 2:19 before flexing for the home Michigan crowd.
#4 Brandon Courtney (NC State) dec. #5 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia), 3-2 – The Sun Devil became a two-time All-American, stifling the Mountaineer’s comeback attempt late and advancing to the semis on the strength of an early first-period takedown.
#3 Pat Glory (Princeton) dec. 11. Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State), 8-3 — The Tiger scored a takedown in each period, with the third coming with a minute left and alongside the edge of the mat after it appeared that Kaylor was about to score on Glory. The Princeton All-American also added a 1:35 riding time advantage.
#2. Vito Arujua (Cornell) dec. 10. Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) 6-0 — The Big Red All-American scored takedowns in the first and third period and rode the Wildcat for a 2:06 riding time advantage.
125 pounds – Round 2 Notes
A #2 seed in last year’s tournament, #24 Sam Latona (Virginia Tech) scored takedowns in the first and third periods advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2 victory over Caleb Smith (App State).
In a battle of returning All-Americans, #5 Killian Cardinale (WVU) fell in a 6-1 hole in the first minute against #21 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) but rallied back for a 10-8 OT comeback thriller.
Oregon State’s #11 Brandon Kaylor scored a six-point takedown and nearfall in the second period and never looked back in an upset victory over returning All-American #6 Eric Barnett (Wisconsin), 9-3
One takedown was the difference as #10 Michael DeAugustino (Northwestern) took down #7 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (Oklahoma State), 3-2.
125-Pound – First-Round Notes
There were four victories lower-seeded wrestlers, including three who were seeded No. 20 or higher. And two of those first-round setbacks were suffered by wrestlers from Penn State and Iowa.
The Nittany Lions saw #16 Drew Hildebrandt, a 2021 All-American transfer from Central Michigan, lost 4-2 in sudden victory to #17 Anthony Noto of Lock Haven. The Lock Haven freshman, who improved to 30-1 on the season, scored the deciding takedown, a double, with 1:13 left in overtime
Iowa’s Drake Ayala, seeded No. 13, lost 12-9 to No. 20 Fabian Gutierrez of Chattanooga. The Moc used a four-point nearfall to open the second period and take a 7-2 lead before the Hawkeye freshman used a reversal and takedown to pull within 8-6 after two periods.
In a battle of experienced wrestlers, Virginia Tech’s Sam Latona, seeded No. 24, scored a second-period reversal and third-period takedown to beat Purdue’s No. 9 seed Devin Schroder, 4-1
Utah Valley’s All-American Taylor Lamont (fifth in 2021) was seeded No. 21 but Ohio State’s No. 12 Malik Heinselman, 7-2. Lamont scored three takedowns.
Minnesota’s Pat McKee, who lost in the first round of the 2021 NCAAs, but came back to claim third last season, put himself in the similar situation when the No. 8 seeded Gopher, lost 8-5 to Appalachian State’s No. 25 Caleb Smith.