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Semifinals (March 17 – 7 p.m.)
#1 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) dec. #5 Josh Humphreys (Lehigh), 4-3 — The 2021 NCAA champion led 1-0 entering the third period before the pair traded reversals, but a match-tying escape from the Mountain Hawk was not enough to overcome the 2:00 riding time advantage accumulated by the Tar Heel.
#2 Levi Haines (Penn State) dec. #3 Peyton Robb (Nebraska), 5-3 — After a scoreless first period with little action, the Nittany Lion true freshman scored takedowns in the second and third periods to defeat the returning All-American Husker in a rematch of the Big Ten final, which Haines also won. Robb nearly scored on two slide-by attempts where he was able to get behind Haines in the rear-standing position but was unable to force him to the mat for takedowns in either scenario.
Quarterfinals (March 17 – 11 a.m.)
#1 Austin O’Connor (North Carolina) major dec. #8 Will Lewan (Michigan), 10-2 — The 2021 NCAA champion scored four takedowns — two in the first and third periods — and added a 3:55 riding time advantage for the victory.
#5 Josh Humphreys (Lehigh) dec. #4 Jared Franek (North Dakota State), 5-2. – The Mountain Hawk earned his first trip to the semifinals by dominating the second half of the bout, scoring a second period takedown and third period reversal before adding a riding time point.
#3 Peyton Robb (Nebraska) dec. #6 Daniel Cardenas (Stanford), 6-4 – Robb scored two takedowns in the first period to lead 4-1 before an official challenge turned a four-point nearfall against the Husker — that appeared to give the Stanford freshman a 5-4 lead — into two-point nearfall midway through the second period as the Husker survived.
#2 Levi Haines (Penn State) pinned #7 Bryce Andonian (Va Tech), 6:12. — Andonian chin whipped the Nittany Lion freshman to his back in the early going for six points and was ever so close to securing a fall, but Haines poured it on in the second and third periods, hitting back-to-back skying double legs and threw a half nelson to finish off the returning All-American Hokie.
Second Round (March 16 – 6 p.m.)
First Round (March 16 – 11 a.m. CDT)
All-American Round (March 18 – 10 a.m.)
Finals (March 18 – 6 p.m.)