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)
- 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)
- defeated Juan Mora (Cal. St.-Fullerton) Dec., 7-3
- defeated Joe Clarke (West Virginia) Dec., 8-4
Brady Richardson (174)
- 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
Second Round - defeated No. 6 Matt Monteiro (Cal. St.-Bakersfield) Dec., 12-10
Session I at NCAA Championships
St. Louis, Mo. - Coyte Cooper and Pat DeGain picked up victories in their first matches at the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday afternoon. The pair will return to the mat at 6 p.m. CST Thursday evening with the opportunity to move onto the quarterfinals in their respective weight classes.
Cooper defeated Juan Mora of Cal. St-Fullerton, 7-3. The junior, seeded eighth at 141 pounds, will take on West Virginia's Joe Clarke for the opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals. Clarke enters the match with a 26-8 record on the season, while Cooper sits at 39-3, setting a new career high in victories.
At 197, DeGain dropped Dave Burns of UNC-Greensboro, 7-4. DeGain, the 11th seed, will face Matt Monteiro (35-6) of Cal. St-Bakersfield in the second round. The junior is now 27-6 this season.
Sophomore Joe Dubuque lost for the second time this season to Matt Pitts of UT-Chattanooga by pin fall at 125. Up next, the Bloomfield, N.J., product will take on Tommy Schurkamp of UC-Davis in the first round of the consolation bracket. Dubuque enters the match with a 29-7 mark with Schurkamp compiling a 15-7 record.
Finally, sophomore Brady Richardson lost his opening round match, 9-5 against seventh-seeded Nate Yetzer of Edinboro. Richardson (27-12) will take on Michigan's Nick Roy (11-10) in the consolation bracket. The Vincennes, Ind., native holds a 2-0 advantage against Roy this season, defeating the freshman, 6-5 on Feb. 13 in Bloomington and 8-6 in sudden death on March 6 at the Big Ten Championships.