NCAA Recap - Day One
St. Louis, Mo. -- Indiana heads into the second day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Friday with two quarterfinalists competing for a national championship. Coyte Cooper and Pat DeGain earned victories in Thursday's second session to advance to the final eight in their respective weight classes.
Additionally, Joe Dubuque scored a pair of victories in the consolation bracket to improve to 2-1 at the Championships.
Continuing his quest for a national championship, Cooper dispatched of West Virginia's Joe Clarke, 8-4. The senior is now 2-0 at the Championships and advances to the quarterfinals for the first time in his four appearances at the NCAAs.
Up next, the eighth seed at 141 pounds faces off against the No. 1 wrestler in the nation, undefeated Scott Moore of Virginia. Moore enters Friday's match 48-0, while Cooper comes in with a 40-3 mark.
DeGain also moves onto the quarterfinals for the first time in his two trips to the NCAA Championships. The junior downed sixth-seeded Matt Monteiro of Cal. St-Bakersfield, 12-10 at 197.
In the quarterfinals, the Clarkston, Mich., native will meet third-seeded Sean Stender of Northern Iowa. The 11th seed heads into the match at 28-6 on the season with Stender carrying a 16-6 mark.
At 125, Dubuque rebounded from his opening round loss to defeat Tommy Schurkamp of UC-Davis, 9-4 in his opening bout in the consolation bracket. Dubuque followed the win with a victory over Adam Smith of Penn State, 5-3. The eighth-ranked sophomore is now 31-7 on the year and will face Christian Bowerman (15-11) of Fresno State on Friday.
IU's final competitor, Brady Richardson, was eliminated from the Championships following a 4-0 loss to Michigan's Nick Roy. The sophomore concluded his breakout season with a 27-13 record with career highs in victories (27), dual meet victories (18) and pins (five).
The action continues Friday at 10 a.m. CST. For full results, check the official 2004 NCAA Championship website.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
No. 8 Joe Dubuque (125)
First Round - defeated by Matt Pitts (UT-Chattanooga) Fall, 3:22
First Round Consolation - defeated Tommy Schurkamp (UC-Davis) Dec., 9-4
Second Round Consolation - defeated Adam Smith (Penn State) Dec., 5-3
No. 8 Coyte Cooper (141)
First Round - defeated Juan Mora (Cal. St.-Fullerton) Dec., 7-3
Second Round - defeated Joe Clarke (West Virginia) Dec., 8-4
Brady Richardson (174)
First Round - defeated by No. 7 Nate Yetzer (Edinboro) Dec., 9-5
First Round Consolation - defeated by Nick Roy (Michigan) Dec., 4-0
No. 11 Pat DeGain (197)
First Round - defeated Dave Burn (UNC-Greensboro) Dec., 7-4
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