Session Two Completed at Midlands
The Indiana University wrestling team is in fifth place at the halfway point of the Midlands following the completion of session two on Saturday. Six individual Hoosiers remain in competition going into Sunday, including Angel Escobedo who has advanced to the semifinals of the 125-pound championship bracket.
Escobedo posted a pin in his only match of session two, downing Missouri's Troy Dolan in 4:33. Andrae Hernandez (133 lbs.), Kurt Kinser (149 lbs.), Paul Young (157 lbs.), Marc Bennett (184 lbs.) and Joe Fagiano (197 lbs.) are also still looking to place at the Midlands, set to fight their way through the wrestleback on Sunday.
Kinser added yet another pin in session two, extending his current hot streak to 14 pins in his last 17 matches. Young was a busy man in session two, ripping off three straight wins to advance in the wrestleback. Fagiano picked up multiple wins in session two as well, notching a pair of victories.
Cousins Angel Escobedo and Andrae Hernandez, along with Marc Bennett, are each just three wins away from a Midlands championship as they are now set to compete in the quarterfinals. All three received first round byes before winning their next two matches.
Escobedo opened his day with a pin of Arsenia Barksdale from Adams State in 4:05. He then seized a 6-2 decision over Iowa State's Tyler Clark in the 125-pound round of 16. Hernandez (133-pounds) also pinned his first opponent, sticking Derek Gillespie of Air Force in 4:01. He followed that up with a 12-2 major decision over Purdue's Sean Schmaltz. Bennett took a pair of decisions over Josh Edmonson (4-1; Chattanooga) and Ben Kelto (15-8; Central Michigan) to earn his spot in the 184-pound quarterfinals.
Trevor Perry and Eric Cameron each picked up early round wins in the wrestleback and join the group above still in contention for third place in their brackets. In the heavyweight class, Justin Kuhn represents IU, and will also begin his run through the wrestleback in session two of the tournament.
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