2022 NCAA Division I Championships – 197 Pounds

197 pound Quarterfinals

#1 Max Dean (Penn State) dec. #8 Lou Deprez (Binghamton), 4-3 – Trailing in the third period, a long scramble and subsequent stalemate was reversed for a takedown after a Penn State coaches’ challenge, as the top-seeded Nittany Lion hung on for a narrow decision. The Binghamton wrestler used a first-period takedown to lead 2-1.

#21 Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State) dec. #13 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma), 5-3 – In a battle of Pennsylvania natives, Hoffman continued his upset streak, taking returning All-American Woodley down twice and clinging to the 5-3 lead for his first guaranteed All-American finish and semifinal berth.

#6 Jacob Warner (Iowa) dec. #3 Eric Schultz (Nebraska), 2-0 — The Hawkeye scored an escape in the third period, but more importantly rode the Husker for the entire second frame for a 1:52 riding time advantage.

#2 Stephan Buchanan (Wyoming) dec. #7 Rocky Elam (Missouri), 4-0 — The Cowboy scored his only takedown with 1:12 left it the first period, then used a 3:09 riding time advantage for the shutout.

197 pounds – Round 2 Notes

The top three seeds at 197 hung on for narrow victories, as Penn State’s #1 Max Dean maintained top control in a wild third period scramble en route to a 4-2 victory over #17 Jay Aiello (Virginia).

Wyoming’s #2 Stephen Buchanan defeated Princeton freshman #18 Luke Stout, 6-3, and Nebraska’s #3 Eric Schultz clung to a 4-3 lead for the narrow victory over Rutgers’ #14 Greg Bulsak.

#13 Jake Woodley (Oklahoma) will return to the quarters for the second straight season after knocking off #4 Pat Brucki (Michigan), 6-3. The Sooner claimed sixth in 2021 as a No. 26 seed.

#21 Gavin Hoffman (Ohio State) kept the upsets coming, knocking off returning NCAA finalist #5 Nino Bonaccorsi (Pitt), 6-4 OT. Hoffman had previously knocked off #12 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) in this morning’s opening round.

197 pounds – Round 1 Notes

Penn State and Iowa’s 197-pounders advanced with bonus points, as Max Dean (Penn State) earned a tech. fall and Jacob Warner (Iowa) earned a major decision.

The lone top-12 seed to fall was South Dakota State’s #12 Tanner Sloan, who surrendered a takedown in sudden victory to Ohio State’s #21 Gavin Hoffman.

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