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2022 NCAA Division I Championships – 141 Pounds
141 Quarterfinal Highlights
#1 Nick Lee (Penn State) pinned #8 Grant Willits (Oregon State), 3:45 – Leading 3-0 in the second period, the returning NCAA champion got tangled up in a scramble position but was able to leverage the Beaver onto his back and hold him there for a fall, securing big bonus points for the Nittany Lions.
#4 Real Woods (Stanford) won by TF over #12 CJ Composto (Penn), 16-0 (4:06) – Stanford’s Woods dominated from the top position, securing a quick takedown and then racking up several sets of four-point nearfall counts via tilt for a semifinal berth and guaranteed All-American finish.
#6 Cole Matthews (Pitt) dec. #3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers), 6-5 — After falling behind 2-0 on a Rivera takedown a minute into the match, the Panther came back to score two takedowns; one with 34 seconds left in the first period and a second with 50 seconds left in the match to lead 6-3. The Scarlet Knight cut the margin to one on an escape and stalling point against Matthews.
#15 Kizhan Clarke (North Carolina) dec. 10. Jake Bergeland (Minnesota), 3-0 — The former American University transfer earned his first All-American honor scoring a takedown in the first period then rode the Gopher the entire third period for a 2:58 riding time advantage.
141 pounds – Round 2 Notes
In a wild set of 141 round of 16 matches, five matches were decided in overtime, including a major upset when #15 Kizhan Clarke (UNC) locked up a tight double leg and took down #2 Jaydin Eierman (Iowa) with authority in sudden victory to land a 4-2 OT upset. Officials took at least five minutes to review a challenge by Iowa before confirming the winning points.
There was also a controversial finish that saw #3 Sebastian Rivera (Rutgers) outlast upset-minded #19 Chad Red in a back-and-forth battle that ended on an out-of-bounds stall point.
Five seconds of riding time in the tiebreakers was the difference, as #12 CJ Composto (Penn) upset #5 Andrew Alirez (Northern Colorado) in a match that was stalled for several minutes due to a coaches’ review.
#6 Cole Matthews (Pitt) held on for a 3-2 TB win over #11 Matt Kazimir (Columbia), while #8 Grant Willits (Oregon State) triumphed with a 3-1 OT over #9 Allan Hart (Missouri).
141 pounds – Round 1 Notes
All top-12 seeded wrestlers advanced with the exception of No. 7 Clay Carlson (SDSU), who was defeated by Frankie Tal Shahar (Northwestern), 4-3. Tal Shahar scored the winning takedown with 19 seconds left.
Going for his fourth All-American honor, #19 Chad Red (Nebraska) rode #14 Dresden Simon (Central Michigan) for the entire third period and accumulated 3:48 in riding time to hold on for a 6-5 victory.
Ohio State transfer Quinn Kinner (Rider) used an escape and third period takedown to defeat Dylan D’Emilio (Ohio State) 3-0.
The first three weight classes each featured wrestlers who transferred from the now defunct Old Dominion wrestling program. 2021 All-Americans Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) and Michael McGee (Arizona State) picked up victories at 125 and 133, respectively, while Campbell’s Shannon Hanna was defeated by Columbia’s Matt Kazimir, 5-2, at 141.
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Head-to-Head Meetings between Top-10 Ranked Wrestlers:
Session I (First Round) Notes/Quotes – March 17 (beginning 12 noon EST)
Session II (Second Round) Notes/Quotes – March 17 (beginning 7 p.m. EST)
Session III (Quarterfinal) Notes/Quotes – March 18 (beginning 11 a.m. EST)
Session IV (Semifinal) Notes/Quotes – March 18 (beginning 8 p.m. EST)
Session V (All-American Round) Notes/Quotes – March 19 (beginning 11 a.m. EST)
Session VI (Finals) Notes/Quotes – March 19 (beginning 11 a.m. EST)